The Bodkin's History

Originally owned by the Badminton Estate, the earliest parts of the building remain from a twelfth century priory, which was destroyed by Henry VIII during the dissolution of the monasteries. The present building began life in the mid 17th century as a Posting House serving the Bath - Stroud route.

During its long life many famous guests have been entertained including Jane Austen who came as a child and then featured Petty France in her novel 'Northanger Abbey'.

She is also reputed to have signed one of the first floor windows with her diamond ring - a fashionable habit at that time.

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