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25 September 2019HATFIELD HOUSE, HATFIELD, HERTFORDSHIRE

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HATFIELD HOUSE, HATFIELD, HERTFORDSHIRE
Wednesday 25 September 2019

 

Hatfield House, is a leading example of a prodigy house (a term for large and showy English country houses built by courtiers and other wealthy families,  "noble palaces of an awesome scale”. Prodigy houses stretch over the periods of Tudor, Elizabethan, and Jacobean architecture, though the term may be restricted to a core period of roughly 1570 to 1620.

Hatfield House was built in 1611 by Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury, chief minister to King James I and it has been in the Cecil family ever since. A short distance from the present house is the Royal Palace of Hatfield, part of which still exists, where Elizabeth I spent her childhood. Hatfield House displays items associated with Elizabeth I and the library boasts a 22-foot long illuminated parchment roll showing the pedigree of Elizabeth I back to Adam and Eve!  . The house has been used as a location for many films and TV programmes, so it may seem very familiar to you.

The gardens, covering, 42 acres, were laid out in the 17th century by John Tradescant the elder. Tradescant brought back from his visits to Europe many trees and shrubs never seen before in England. The East garden is only open on Wednesdays.

8:30am  Leave Arlebury Park car park by coach  - Pay and Display £1.50 per day

Coffee on arrival

11:30   Guided tour of the house

12:30pm    Lunch.  You may buy lunch in the River Cottage Kitchen and Deli or bring your own picnic

1:30  Self guided tour of the East and West gardens and park land

4:00   Leave for return to Alresford

6:00 approximately  Arrive Arlebury Park

(Timings dependent on traffic conditions) 

COST £46 pp includes transport, entrance and tour fees but not refreshments

Bookings taken at Meeting 25th June 2019

or contact Antoinetter Cuming

email: antoinettecuming@hotmail.com

Telephone 01962 422329