Shandy Hall

Shandy Hall is a writer's house museum in the former home of the Rev. Laurence Sterne in Coxwold, North Yorkshire, England. Sterne lived there from 1760 to 1768 as perpetual curate of Coxwold. He is remembered for his novels The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman and A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy.

Shandy Hall
Shandy Hall, a high-gabled stone building with a garden
Shandy Hall from the main road
Shandy Hall is located in North Yorkshire
Shandy Hall
Location within North Yorkshire
Coordinates54°11′19″N 1°11′15″W / 54.188650°N 1.187500°W / 54.188650; -1.187500Coordinates: 54°11′19″N 1°11′15″W / 54.188650°N 1.187500°W / 54.188650; -1.187500
TypeHistoric house
Key holdingsFirst editions of Laurence Sterne's works
CuratorPatrick Wildgust

Architectural historyEdit

Plaque commemorating Laurence Sterne at Shandy Hall

The extant buildings result from three major phases of building: a medieval long hall built for the local priest around 1430; this was extended in the 17th century and then significantly altered by Sterne with the income from his novels.[1][2] A stone tablet above its doorway states that Sterne wrote Tristram Shandy and A Sentimental Journey at Shandy Hall. This is not entirely accurate, for two volumes of Tristram Shandy had already been published in 1759 before Sterne moved to Coxwold.

The house is a Grade I listed building. It was extended and altered internally for Sterne and subject to restoration in 1960. The Hall is now administered by the Laurence Sterne Trust, a registered charity,[3] and is open to the public.[4] Shandy Hall featured in the 2006 film A Cock and Bull Story, which was based on Sterne's book Tristram Shandy.[5]



  1. ^ Green, Carole. "Places Features - SHandy Hall". BBC York & North Yorkshire. BBC. Retrieved 8 September 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "The History of Shandy Hall". The Laurence Sterne Trust. The Laurence Sterne Trust. Retrieved 8 September 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "The Laurence Sterne Trust, registered charity no. 529593". Charity Commission for England and Wales.
  4. ^ "Laurence Sterne Trust". Laurence Sterne Laurence Sterne Trust. Retrieved 3 November 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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