It is believed that the ancient Manor of Bossington (the original building) was given to the monks of the Abbey of Athelney, by King Alfred (who burnt the cakes!), after his defeat of the Danes in 878.
In the 15th Century the wealthy elite were entitled to own land, and many of these families had their own chapel of ease close by or on their own lands for private worship. Interestingly the Chapel of Ease has a North and South door, the latter opening into Chapel Yard, and was presumably used for processions at worship. In its early days it would have been owned by the Sydenhams who originally occupied the Open Hall Manor style house.
During the Reformation and the dissolution of the Monastries, the Chapel was left to become a barn for 300 years, but was once again refitted and restored in 1885 by the then owner of the Holnicote Estate, Sir Thomas Dyke Acland. This restoration included the fine east window of three lights with transom bars, a wagon roof, panelled dado and a 17th century gallery with plain ballusters. The coats of arms in the east window are of the various families who once owned the manor, and in the centre is the shield of the Abbot of Athelney.
Amazing history right on your doorstep when you stay in the old manor house with us!