Benton End house and gardens in Hadleigh, Suffolk is the 16th century former home of celebrated artist-plantsman, Sir Cedric Morris and his partner, the artist Arthur Lett-Haines. There they established the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing – a sanctuary for a diverse range of influential artists, writers, musicians and botanists of the 20th century.

The revival of Benton End

The property is now owned by the Pinchbeck Charitable Trust. In partnership with the Garden Museum of London, the house is preparing to open once again as a centre for the study of art and horticulture.

A varied and dynamic programme of courses is being created – workshops, events and masterclasses, both non-residential and residential.  Courses will cover horticulture, fine art, creative writing and photography.

Its principal aim will be to “support and inspire” artists and gardeners of all ages and “to encourage freedom of invention, enthusiasm and enjoyment” following in spirit the original ethos of Morris and Lett-Haines.

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Benton End House & Garden Trust is a private limited company registered in England and Wales. Registration number: 11807625.
Registered office: Benton End House, Hadleigh, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP75J