Open Gardens at le Carre’s former home

May 20 2021
Open Gardens at le Carre’s former home

Mayor of Wells Philip Welch looks forward to a Mayor’s Charity event at a distinguished property in Coxley

THE gardens and grounds of a famous spy thriller writer will be opened to the public for a one-off event.

John Le Carre bought Coxley House with the proceeds of his bestseller The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, which was later made into a film. His experiences working for MI5 and MI6 helped with his writing.

He converted one of the cottages in the grounds into a studio where he worked and his secretary made her home in another.

Le Carre lived at Coxley House with his family in the 1960s and ten years previously had lived in a cottage at Pilton.

Now the current owners of Coxley House will be hosting an Open Gardens event in its extensive grounds on Sunday, June 13, from 2pm-5pm in aid of the Wells Branch of my Mayor’s Charity.

It is the Wells branch of Macmillan Cancer Support whose chairman Mark Tobin said: “All the money we raise is spent locally and we are grateful for Philip’s support.”

Coxley House

John Le Carre bought Coxley House with the proceeds of his bestseller The Spy Who Came In From The Cold

The vaccine is winning the fight against Covid but we have been losing the war on other potentially fatal conditions. One is cancer.

As many as 50,000 people in the UK are believed to have cancer which has not yet been diagnosed because of the disruption caused by Covid-19.

Macmillan rely almost entirely on public donations to provide its vital support to people with cancer but has suffered a huge drop in income as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

On Sunday, June 13, cakes, tea, coffee, soft drinks and gentle entertainment will be on offer. Entry will be £5 for adults and £10 for a family.

Free parking will be provided.

I hope you will be able to join us.

Mayor of Wells Philip Welch
Email: p.welch@wells.gov.uk