It was only thanks to my involvement with Winchester Heritage Open Days that I discovered how unusual Abbey House is. It is the official residence of Winchester’s Mayor, and apparently there are only five cities in England which have an official mayoral residence.

Abbey House, Winchester

I am guessing London is one of the other five and I think York & Doncaster maybe in the five, but have no idea where the other two are. Do you?

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  1. When I first saw the chimneys in your photo at the top of the page (can’t remember what you call it, but the one with your blog name on it!) I thought we were going to see Hampton Court Palace. 🙂 They must be of a similar vintage. This is a great roof though.

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    1. Ooh I’m confused as there are no chimneys in my scrolling header image bank!!!
      Ah I wonder if it is the header image for the post? If so then no it’s much much later than Hampton Court, so maybe inspired by Hampton Court?


    1. Don’t worry Debbie I am days and days behind at the moment. Had such a busy weekend, working flat out and desperately taking a couple of hours out of the ‘day job’ to catch up now.


  2. Doncaster’s Mansion House was the residence of the Mayor of Doncaster from 1750 to 1922 and is a very fine Gerorgian house, though I haven’t been inside it. Donny isn’t a city though so it wouldn’t be one of the five you mention and it is not lived in by the current mayor either.

    According to its website there are only three Mansion Houses in the country. One in London and the other in York Both of those are lived in by the Lord Mayor so I believe.

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      1. Never heard of them and they won’t have heard of me -which is the point isn’t it? All well Sue? I’m back Wednesday evening and it will be easier to keep up then xx

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  3. Boston and NY have mayor’s residences, but in neither case does the mayor actually LIVE there. They have their own (modern) homes and the residence is for formal parties. When Garry was working, we used to get an invitation to the Christmas party and even after that while we still knew the mayor. But all the people we knew have retired or passed on. Those were GREAT parties.

    The Boston residence is from the 1700s and it’s very classy. I used to love getting invitations if only to marvel at the architecture!

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    1. Likewise in Winchester, Mayor does not live here. Just used for events and their office!

      Your Boston parties sound amazing 😀


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