THE CHAISE LONGUE

Actress Elizabeth Taylor loved to kick off her shoes and relax on the chaise longue when she came to visit the house

THE STAIRS

Frankie’s old coat could be seen at the bottom of the stairs, as if he had just popped out for a moment

THE GARDEN

The lawns at Wavering Down House were used for fundraising concerts and garden open days in the summer

ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS

TV star June Whitfield, pictured with Dennis Heymer and Chris Byrne, was a regular visitor

WAVERING DOWN HOUSE

An aerial view of Frankie’s beloved country house beneath the Mendip Hills, pictured here in its heyday

WAVERING DOWN HOUSE

Carry On Star Frankie Howerd OBE may have left the stage but his spirit lives on at Wavering Down House in the village of Cross, near Cheddar, in Somerset. The house remained virtually unchanged until his death in 1992.

The present owners, although not connected to the Frankie Howerd OBE Trust, may be willing to show people round Frankie’s former home. They can be contacted on 01934 732013.

TIM PITMAN

Singer Tim Pitman was always a favourite with the crowds during Jazz In The Garden at Wavering Down House

THE WURZELS

Cheers to The Wurzels who gave visitors a taste of the West Country at one of the summer concerts

THE PORTRAIT

A portrait of Frankie commissioned by the Queen Mother, a big fan of the comedian, took pride of place in the sitting room

THE TOUPEE

Hollywood confidante Bette Davis liked to advise Frankie on how to look after his notoriously dreadful collection of wigs

THE HALL

Wavering Down House was filled with more than 4,000 items of memorabilia, often as bizarre as Frankie’s humour

THE NIGHT OF 100 STARS

Frankie used to rehearse his lines at his local church – addressing the pews as if he was at the London Palladium

FAMOUS FRIENDS

Frankie’s country house was a retreat for Hollywood stars, including one of his closest friends Elizabeth Taylor