Paddock & the Moon


The Paddock Garden has had a very interesting history.  When Henry Seymour Portman built the handsome Palladian Sherborne House in 1720, the open space that is now Paddock Garden was occupied by a row of cottages facing onto Newland.  Apparently these cottages ruined the view from Sherborne House so he had the occupants evicted and demolished the cottages!

Old maps show the Paddock Garden and the land where the Gallery will be built empty but for a few trees, hence its name ‘Paddock’.

In 1931 Sherborne House became Lord Digby’s School for Girls and the Paddock became tennis courts. When the school closed, the tennis courts fell into disrepair but in 2005, after years of planning and a public competition, the Paddock Garden was opened to the public.


Opening of the Paddock Garden, 18 October 2005. The land behind the new back wall is where the Paddock Project will be built.

We know how many people love the Paddock Garden and are committed to ensuring the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of this valued public space. We have worked closely with Sherborne Town Council on our proposed modifications to the Garden and you can find out more about them HERE. Very soon we will need to clear our land of shrubs and some of the trees before the nesting season begins.  Some of this work will be noisy, we will let you know when this work will be happening and will try and keep any disruption to a minimum.

Museum of the Moon

We are so excited that Luke Jerram’s stunning Museum of the Moon is coming to Sherborne Abbey in July, the 50th anniversary of the first man on the moon. Measuring seven metres in diameter, the moon features detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. Produced by three established arts festivals – Inside Out Dorset, b-side and Bournemouth Arts by the Sea, there will be a selection of high-quality participation events over the weekend.  Put the dates in the dairy – July 5th to the 7th, this is definitely one not to be missed! Click HERE to watch the Museum of the Moon video.