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The National Trust Visits Group

              Contact -- Loraine Sharp            

Loraine.sharp@hotmail.com    or   01623 792640

 Further details of visits and times will be announced at monthly meetings

 

OUR OTHER RECENT VISITS

 
 
National Trust Visit to Shugborough Hall
The National Trust Group visited Shugborough. The weather did not favour us but we enjoyed it none the less. We saw the former home of the late Lord Patrick Litchfield. We were allowed into his appartments which were of great interest due to the photography displayed there along with personal items of his. The gardens were beautiful though only viewed through windows! T
 
 The National Trust Group visited Packwood House in Warwickshire. A lovely house remodelled from a small old farm house into a beautiful home. Its owner Baron Ash had an eye for conservation and saved many of his building materials from distraction by rescuing them from old properties going to ruin. The result was his idea of a Tudor manor house and the result was a well-loved glamorous, lovely house. The gardens were also re-created with the same excellence of care, a charming property we all enjoyed.       
   We went to Nostell Priory in Yorkshire. Another beautiful place (both the house and garden.) The house is a treasure house of talent from the Chippendale carvings and furniture to the wonderful plasterwork and ceilings. There are many fabulous rooms furnished with great opulence but from the histories we were told, the workmen were not always paid their due. The well informed volunteers told us stories which made it  a very enjoyable learning curve and another pleasant trip.    The  Group visited Packwood House in Warwickshire. A lovely house remodelled from a small old farm house into a beautiful home. Its owner Baron Ash had an eye for conservation and saved many of his building materials from distraction by rescuing them from old properties going to ruin. The result was his idea of a Tudor manor house and the result was a well-loved glamorous, lovely house. The gardens were also re-created with the same excellence of care, a charming property we all enjoyed.       
  In July we went to Nostell Priory in Yorkshire. Another beautiful place (both the house and garden.) The house is a treasure house of talent from the Chippendale carvings and furniture to the wonderful plasterwork and ceilings. There are many fabulous rooms furnished with great opulence but from the histories we were told, the workmen were not always paid their due. The well informed volunteers told us stories which made it  a very enjoyable learning curve and another pleasant trip.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Visit to Doddington Hall

Our visit to Coughton Court 

 

National Trust visit to Sudbury Hall
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
National Trust visit to Stratford
 
 
 
National Trust Visit to Stoneywell and Staunton Harold Church
 
  
 
WHITWICK MANOR VISIT
On Wednesday 29th June the National Trust Group visited Wightwick  Manor near  Wolverhampton. This proved a very popular choice and all thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful exterior and interior of this `family` home . The William Morris furnishings and the pre Raphaelite original art works were admired and appreciated by all. Unfortunately  yet again the weather foiled our plans to explore the gardens but the beauty of the interior of the house more than compensated for the restrictions imposed by poor weather conditions                       
 
 
 
 
 
CALKE ABBEY VISIT
On Monday 9th May the National Trust group had a most enjoyable day at Calke Abbey. The sun shone so a stroll in the grounds provided a perfect start to the visit before exploring this unique building. All were fascinated by the many strange and often beautiful artefacts which had been collected and displayed, especially a particularly beautiful bed hanging embroidered by the Chinese more than 300 years ago. The house contents were assembled by a very eccentric family and the opportunity to visit the house and view its remarkable contents provided an extraordinary and unique opportunity.                                                        
 
 
 
 
Our visit to Belton House
April 6th marked the visit by the National Trust Group to Belton House. After a pleasant journey and a reviving cup of tea we began our tour of the house.
The volunteer tour staff were very informative about the history of the house and gave insights into the Brownlow Family and their connections to royalty over the years including Edward V11 and Mrs Simpson!
Some group members managed to tour the basement with an excellent guide who recounted chilling tales of how servants in the past time were treated which proved a timely reminder that we should be very grateful to be living in the present. 
A very interesting and educational trip.
 
             
                                                                                                 
Our Visit to Kedlestone Hall
 
 On the 22nd March the National Trust group paid a visit to Kedleston Hall near Quarndon, Derbyshire. A neo- classical mansion designed by Robert Adam and surrounded by historic parkland. Members of the group were very pleasantly surprised by the magnificence of the interior and amazed that they had not heard much about it previously as it is such a short distance away. Home to the Curzon family  from the 1760`s until the present day it is a visit well worth repeating as there is so much more to see. Well worth a second visit. 
 
                           
 
Our visit to Hardwick Hall
 
 
Following a meeting of this newly formed group, it was decided that our first visit would be to Hardwick Hall, a stately home built by Bess of Hardwick. The story of Bess's granddaughter, Arbella, was told throughout the house. Bess was an extremely rich and powerful lady and it was her intention that Arbella should eventually be queen. Unfortunately this was not to be. Arbella married without permission and eventually died in desperation in the Tower of London. Hardwick passed by way of Bess's son to William Cavendish, the 1st Duke of Devonshire. In the 1950's the Hall was given to the Treasury in part payment of massive death duties, which immediately transferred it to the National Trust. 
The gardens were still colourful and the dahlia border was particularly stunning. We are so lucky to have such a treasure on our doorstep. An enjoyable and successful first outing for 18 members of the National Trust Group  The next  meeting of the National Trust group will be held on Tuesday 2nd February