Edward Jenner bought this small house in 1785 and he performed the first ever vaccinations here.
Dr Jenner’s House, or the Chantry, as it was known then, was built in the early 18th century and was owned by the Weston family before Jenner bought it in 1785. When he died, the house was sold to the Church of England and used as a local vicarage until 1985, when the Edward Jenner museum bought the property to use as a museum.
Inside you’ll find videos and artefacts explaining the story of vaccination and of Dr Jenner’s important contribution to the medical world. The study has got furniture from Edward Jenner’s day so you can almost imagine the doctor sitting there, thinking and studying. Outside you'll find his hut in the grounds, which is where he used to do free smallpox vaccinations for the poor. The garden itself is a peaceful and relaxing place to sit and there are activities and trails for children so they can learn about this important historical figure.