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25 September 2019HATFIELD HOUSE, HATFIELD, HERTFORDSHIRE
28 February 2019II TEMPLE PLACE LONDON, AND THE RUSKIN EXHIBITION
09 October 2018OUTINGS REPORT 2018 AND 2019
08 June 2018FRIDAY 8 JUNE 2018 THENFORD GARDEN AND ARBORETUM AND SULGRAVE MANOR NORTHAMPTONSHIRE
15 May 2018TUESDAY 15 MAY 2018 RODMARTON MANOR CIRENCESTER AND TETBURY
04 April 2018KING'S COLLEGE CAMBRIDGE CHOIR 'THE KING'S MEN'
21 March 2018WEDNESDAY 21 MARCH 2018 ARUNDELLS,SALISBURY AND MESSUMS MUSEUM, TISBURY
08 September 2017RESTORATION HOUSE & ROCHESTER CATHEDRAL FRIDAY 8 SEPTEMBER 2017
08 September 2017Restoration House and Rochester Cathedral.Booking opens at the June meeting.
06 July 2017Charleston and Farley Farmhouse
06 July 2017Charleston and Farley Farmhouse. Booking opens at the May meeting
02 May 2017An East Angllian Odyssey 2-5 May 2017. Gainsborough House Sudbury, Norwich Cathedral and Caste Museum,The Sainsbury Centre at UEA, Aldeburgh and The Red House, Dedham Vale and Constable sites. Booking already open, a few places remain.
30 March 2017The Grand Tour at The British Museum
30 March 2017The Grand Tour at The British Museum. Booking opens at the January meeting
20 September 2016Bletchley Park Booking Date
20 September 2016Bletchley Park,Oxfordshire
11 May 2016Cadland and Exbury gardens
18 February 2016Royal School of Needlework, Hampton Court
02 July 2015Stanway Manor and Fountain, Cheltenham and also Kiftsgate Court, Chipping Norton
08 May 2015Portsmouth, the Historic Dockyard
15 April 2015Short break to Delft, Holland, visiting Amsterdam and Den Haag.

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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