Car Outings for 2019

Our season of car outings has concluded but you can read about them on our reports page:    Car Outing Reports

 All Car Outings are led by Pam Weaver


Tuesday 28th May 2019

Burton Court, Eardisland, Leominster

 Like many great houses, Burton Court has evolved over 900 years.  It was mentioned in the Doomsday Book.   Architecturally, Burton Court is varied with influences ranging from Norman, Medieval, Regency, Victorian and Edwardian periods.  The Norman influence is seen in the cellars and on a large archaeological dig in the grounds, ongoing since 2000.  The centerpiece of the house is the 14thCentury Great Hall, used as a Court of Law for centuries.  Many families are associated with Burton Court, namely Downtons, Cotes, Crofts, Brewsters (Dr William Brewster was a notable scholar) and since 1960 the Simpson family.  The gardens have a mainly Arts and Crafts influence. 

Cost                 £13 (includes a tour by the owner and a cream tea)

Approx.            70 Miles – allow1hour 35 minutes

Meet at            Burton Court Car Park for 14.00

(Read the report here)


Tuesday 25th June 2019

Newhall Watermill, Sutton Coldfield

New Hall Mill, a Grade 2 listed building, is one of only two water mills still surviving in the Birmingham area. The Mill and its meadow field are privately owned and managed by the New Hall Water Mill Preservation Trust and is now restored to a working condition.  It is a significant local example of our industrial heritage and has been described as ‘Sutton’s little gem’.

The present structure dates from the 18th century, although some parts are much older. In the past the mill had two internal waterwheels but now, after rebuilding, the power required to drive the present two pairs of millstones is derived from a single external overshot waterwheel.

Cost                 £9 (includes a tour and tea)

Approx.            11 miles. – allow 30 mins

Meet at            Watermill car park 13.45 for 14.00

(Read about this visit)


Wednesday 3rd July 2019

Soulton Hall, Nr. Wen, Shrewsbury

 The Hall of the 1550s (incorporating traces of an older Tudor or Medieval building of timber construction) which can be seen today was built by Sir Rowland Hill MP, who was the first Protestant Lord Mayor of London in 1549.  He was Sheriff of London and was involved in the case which established Parliamentary Privilege.

It has been speculated that this building was the work of Walter Hancock, who built the Old Market Hall in Shrewsbury. To the east of the hall is a walled garden, accessed by steps from the terrace on the north, or by a small gate to the north.  Surrounding the Hall and cottages is a farm where ‘conservation agriculture’ is practised and there is a 50-acre oak bluebell wood as well.

Cost                 £13 (includes a tour and tea)

Approx.            50 miles allow 1hr 30 mins.

Meet                13.00

(Read the report here)