Visits

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Visit to South Oxfordshire on Wednesday 8th May 2019

Wednesday 8 May 2019

For this visit to South Oxfordshire, you will visit three places which are extraordinary and take you on a historical journey.  We will start at Rycote Park, a great Tudor mansion visited by royalty from Henry VIII to Charles I.  It is set in beautiful gardens with a splendid 15th Century private chapel nearby.  We will be given a guided tour and hear a talk on the history of Rycote and the recent restoration project.  We will then go to Dorchester and visit the Abbey and Cloister Garden and then lunch in the old 15th century Guest House.  A short walk after lunch will take us to our second chapel of the day, the Catholic Church of St. Birinus.  The Presbytery (RC rectory) is close by and has been lived in by the priest since the church was built.  Father John Osman will be in Lourdes at the time of our visit but his housekeeper will allow us a visit.  Our last venue is the old village if Iffley and we will visit the Church of St. Mary and its rectory.  The parson still lives in part of the old rectory and the church is one of the best preserved Norman Churches in England.

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 ali@everington.net) 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

Email:  amandaponsonby@hotmail.co.uk

Visit to Houghton in Hampshire – Thursday 13th June 2019

Thursday 13 June 2019

Gardens will be an important feature of our visit to Hampshire.  Although the village of Houghton is where we will spend most of the day, I felt members would like the opportunity to visit Graham Stuart Thomas’s national collection of Old Roses at Mottisfont Abbey.  If the weather is kind, these will look their very best in mid-June and should not be missed.  Mottisfont was founded as an Augustinian priory in 1201 but has undergone a number of transformations in the last 800 years.  We will have a tour of the old part of the house and visit the rose garden.

 

We will then move to Houghton Lodge and Gardens.  Not a rectory, but it is a very beautiful Grade II listed Cottage Orne surrounded by gorgeous gardens which sweep down to the banks of the River Test.  The Busk family have owned the estate since 1910 and will guide us around both house and garden.  We will have lunch in the Orangery.

 

From here it will be a short walk through this very pretty village to see All Saints Church and then finally to an old rectory.  Houghton Old Rectory was built in 1710 and expanded in 1890 when the Rector of the day had a family of 13 children.  Richard and Iona Priestley now live in this charming home and are very kindly allowing us to visit them and will entertain us to tea in their lovely garden.

The cost of the visit will be £80 per head to include lunch and tea.

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 ali@everington.net) 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

Email:  amandaponsonby@hotmail.co.uk

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

Tuesday 20 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 ali@everington.net) 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

Email:  amandaponsonby@hotmail.co.uk