Visit to Melbourne, Derby and Kedleston – Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st August 2019

A One-or-Two Day Visit  – Tuesday 20th August and Wednesday 21st August 2019

The Visit to Derbyshire will take place over two days but I am happy for members to sign up for a single day only, or both. (For interest, the train from London to Derby takes around one and a half hours.)


Tuesday 20th August:    We will spend the day in the very attractive village of Nelbourne, about 10 miles south of Derby.  We will visit Melbourne Hall and the magnificent parish church of St. Michael with St. Mary.  Melbourne was a royal manor and it is thought that Henry I instructed the church to be built early in the 12th century.  In 1133 the King gave the church and manor to his newly appointed Bishop of Carlisle, in order to reaffirm the importance of the Northwest of the contry to the Kingdom of England.  The Hall is now the home of Lord and Lady Ralph Kerr and is surrounded by some spectacular gardens.


Wednesday 21st August:  We will begin our day at the Museum and Art Gallery in Derby.  Max Craven, who some of you may remember, guided us when we visited Debo Devonshire in Edensor, and he will walk us around Derby taking in the Cathedral, the Bridge Chapel and the elegant Pickford’s House in Friar Gate.  I am ashamed to say that I had never been into the centre of Derby before my recce.  Perhaps the industrial revolution and railways have tarnished its appeal but I can assure you that it is a city full of intereste and history, and I left feeling delighted that I would wsoon return with Rectory Society members.


To end the day we will drive a short way out of the city to Kedleston where we will visit the now redundant church, with its Curzon family tombs, which lies adjacent to the Hall before driving through the park to visit, and have tea at, the Old Rectory, home of our member, Helene, Viscountess Scarsdale.


The cost of this two-day visit will be £130 per person.  The Tuesday 20th only will be £50 and the Wednesday 21st will be £80.  Please make clear on the Application Form which days you wish to sign up for.

If you are interested in joining this Visit, you must find and click on the “Booking Form to Download” in the Members Area.  (For reaching this, click on the Members Tab at the top of the Home Page, select Log In, (if you have forgotten your login password, do get in touch with and select Future Visits).   Then click the Download Booking Form.

Please fill it in and post it, or email it, to Amanda Ponsonby at:

Postal address:  Sarsden Glebe, Oxfordshire, OX7 6PH