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A Piece of Mormon History in Britan for sale (Romance on the market)

Summarized by Kent Larsen

A Piece of Mormon History in Britan for sale (Romance on the market)
London UK Times 27Nov99 D2
By Christine Webb

STEEPLE ASHTON, ENGLAND -- A bit of Mormon history in England is for sale. Old Chesils, one of the oldest houses in Steeple Ashton, was the home of the Robert Berrett family for much of the 19th century and was licensed as a Mormon chapel by Berrett in 1847. A small branch flourished in this town until 1849, when prejudice and the desire to unite with the main body of the Church led Berrett to sell the home and move to Utah.

The Berrett family has been part of the town of Steeple Ashton since 1538, and owned the house, built in 1722, since 1793. The branch at Steeple Ashton had grown to 38 people, but prejudice led a mob to attack the home, throwing stones through the doors and windows. The Berrett's left in February 1849 for the eight-month journey to Utah. The Times credits a book by LaMar C. Berrett for this information.

The home is currently owned by BBC actor Adrian Lukis, who says his schedule is too hectic to keep it. It was purchased by his parents in 1966 for 7,000. He is asking 325,000 (about $520,000) for it.



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