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Visit to Northamptonshire – 17th May 2017

Wednesday 17 May 2017

Our day in Northamptonshire will give the opportunity to visit four villages on the south west side of the county – Culworth, Aston le Walls, Greens Norton and Eydon. All these have interesting and much loved parsonages and one village can even boast of three dwellings that have housed the Rector and his family over the centuries. In addition to this there will be a short visit to the beautiful Grade 1 listed church at Fawsley which lies on a grassy mound within an ancient parkland and, uniquely, is surrounded by a haha to keep the grazing sheep away. James Miller, that fountain of all knowledge, will be accompanying us throughout the day.

Visit to Wilton and Bemerton – 11th July 2017

Tuesday 11 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.