Our Autumn Visit will take us to a corner of West Berkshire close to the Wiltshire border where we find the villages of Inkpen, West Woodhay and Ham.
First stop in the morning will be St. Michael’s Church in Inkpen followed by a visit to the handsome William and Mary style old rectory standing above the church. This large house of great charm is surrounded by gardens said to be laid out by Le Notre, the French landscape gardener of Versailles fame, though it seems more probable that a pupil of his was actually responsible for them. This is the home of Clare McKeon who is kindly allowing us to visit.
Next on the programme will be All Saints’ Church in Ham followed by a picnic lunch at the Old Rectory by kind permission of Nicholas and Diana Baring.
After lunch we will travel on by coach to the village of West Woodhay where we will call in to St. Lawrence’s Church. This was built by the Victorian architect, Sir Arthur Bloomfield with stained glass windows by William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones. The Old Rectory in West Woodhay is just changing hands so instead of seeing this we will visit the beautiful gardens of West Woodhay House by kind permission of the owners, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Henderson.
The cost of the visit will be £90 per head to include picnic lunch and coach.
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