Visit to Wilton and Bemerton – 11th July 2017

The historic market town of Wilton will play a centre role in our summer visit this year. We will be visiting the newly restored rooms in Wilton House and walking around the grounds but our day will begin a few miles away in the tiny parish of Bemerton where the poet and writer, George Herbert served as Rector for the last three years of his life. The small chapel of St Andrew’s and the Rectory provided Herbert with an ideal environment for contemplation and inspired him to develop his poetic skills.

After Bemerton we will return to the Old Rectory which is home to Tertius and Clare Murray – Threipland. They have generously invited us to lunch and have played a large part in helping plan the day. John Martin Robinson is one of the trustees at Wilton and will speak to us over lunch about it’s history. During the afternoon we will visit Wilton House, the wonderful Italianate parish church of St Mary and St Nicholas and walk past the second old rectory in Wilton which was the childhood home of Edith Oliver.