Later History

In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the building housed a succession of shops and underwent various changes which contributed to its physical decline. It was saved from probable destruction thanks to a Miss Ripley, who bought it and used it to store her antiques collection before bequeathing it to the National Trust, who in turn undertook the works necessary to make it fit for visitors. In overhauling the structure of the premises in 1971, the National Trust restored its medieval character by recreating on the ground floor the appearance of arcaded stalls opening onto the street, and the sixteenth-century decoration of the upstairs windows.

Although the building belongs to the National Trust, the Museum is run by The Axbridge and District Museum Trust, and includes exhibits belonging to Axbridge Archaeological and Local History Society, Axbridge Town Trust and Sedgemoor District Council, as well as a number of private donations and loaned items.

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