Car Outings for 2018

 All Car Outings are led by Pam Weaver  01543 361791


Friday 27th   April 2018

Chavenage House, Tetbury, Glouc.

The lecture and tour is given room by room, including the chapel. The grounds are at leisure, weather permitting.  Most of the tour is ground floor and easily accessible for those with walking sticks. It gives details of the history of the house and the two families that have lived at Chavenage since the reign of Elizabeth I.  The main historical interest is around the English Civil War, when the house was owned by Col. Nathaniel Stephens MP. One of the rooms is the tapestried Oliver Cromwell Room. From this period, the ‘Legend of Chavenage’ arises. Chavenage has been used in television productions, eg. ‘Grace and Favour’ and Hercule Poirot, also scenes from, ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’, ‘Wolf Hall’, Candleford Manor in ‘Lark Rise to Candleford’; and is now ‘Trenwith House’ in Poldark.

Cost:                £17.50 inc. tour (2hr.owner) & tea. (£13 without tea)

Approx.:           79 miles     allow 1½ hr.

Meet:               at the House car park 1.45pm for 2pm

Read about this excellent visit on our Reports page


Tuesday 22nd May 2018

Rousham House, Bicester, Oxon.

Built in 1635 by Sir Robert Dormer and is still owned by the same family. William Kent (1685-1748) added the wings and stable block. The south front is as Kent left it, except the replacement of the octagonal glazing with plain glass. This was done by the architect St. Aubyn when adding the north side of the house in 1876. Kent made alterations to the interior of the house, which retains some 17th century panelling and the original staircases, furniture, pictures and bronzes. The walled garden has herbaceous borders, small parterre, pigeon house and espalier apple trees. This represents early English landscape design and is the work of Kent. It includes ponds and cascades in Venus’s Vale, the Cold Bath, and the seven arched Praeneste, Townsend’s Building and the Temple of the Mill. A rare herd of Long-Horn cattle is in the park.

 Cost:                £13 (no tea)

Approx:            70 miles allow 1¼ hrs

Meet:               At car park 1.45pm for 2.00pm


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Thursday 21st June 2018

Elton Hall & Gardens, Elton, Cambs.

An extraordinary, romantic, part-gothic historic house. Elton nestles in beautiful unspoilt landscaped parkland, having stood since the 12thC. Home to the Proby family since 1660, the previous generations have had land at Elton since Elizabeth I. Sir William and Lady Proby and their four daughters, maintain and preserve their home welcoming visitors to the Hall. There is something for all, from the State Coach used by the family attending Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, to Henry VIII’s Prayer Book, given to him by Katherine Parr who upon marriage was given Elton by Henry VIII. The house contains fine French furniture, one of the best private libraries and a magnificent collection of paintings. There are works by Renaissance artists from the early 15th century, to 19th century; works by J.F. Lewis, Landseer, Millais, Gainsborough, Constable and Reynolds.

Cost:                £ 11.00 includes tour. (A small fee for tea / coffee to be notified later) 

Approx.:            82 miles, allow 1hr 45 mins

Meet:                1.45 for 2pm at walled garden at Elton Hall car park across road

Elton Hall

(Report and photographs)


Monday 2nd July 2018

Carlton Hall, Carlton-on-Trent, Notts.

In the heart of the rural village of Carlton-on-Trent, Carlton Hall was built in 1765. It is typical of the period with a pedimented central block flanked by lower wings. In 1828, a sale catalogue offered, for purchase: ‘the manor, mansion, fishery and nearly the entire lordship of Carlton-on-Trent’. In 1833, this all became the property of John Vere, banker, of London. In 1847-48 John Vere served a year as Sheriff of Nottinghamshire and shortly afterwards was instrumental in the building of a school at Carlton which was endowed with £30 annually by his brother and sister. The brothers added to this by building a new church. The Hall contains its original collection of fine family portraits, as well as 17th/18thC paintings and antique continental furniture. The ornamental stable block was completed in 1769 and is now used for business.  It was listed Grade II in 1952.

Cost:                £11 inc. tour and tea

Approx.:           86miles     allow 1 hr 40min

Meet:               1.45pm at car park for 2.00pm

(See Photo Gallery)


Tuesday 18th September 2018

Sulgrave Manor and Garden, Banbury           

Sulgrave Manor was built by Lawrence Washington, George Washington’s five times great grandfather, in the mid-1500s. The House and Garden has been open to the public since 1921 and was re-designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield. It has remained unaltered since then. It has formal hedges, topiary, an orchard, herb garden and beautiful borders for all seasons. The western section had been destroyed when purchased in 1914 and today this has been replaced by the Director’s quarters built in the 1920s. The original Tudor features including the Great Hall, which was the heart of the house, are still here. Other original elements of Washington’s Tudor house are made up of the entrance porch, the Great Chamber and two smaller rooms on the first floor. The stories of Washington, his wife and eleven children and the history of the House are part of the tour.

Cost:               £ 13.50 inc. tour and tea (£8.50 without tea)

Approx.:          64miles     allow 1½ hr

Meet:               1.45pm for 2.00pm

(Read the report)