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.