Wednesday 8th May 2019 – Stonor & Hughenden
Stonor Park & Hughenden Manor
Stonor Park is one of England’s oldest manor houses housing outstanding displays of portraits, tapestries, bronzes and ceramics.
It has been the family’s residence for over 850 years making it one of the oldest family residences still lived in. We will have a private guided tour of the house and chapel before lunch in the restaurant in the manor.
After lunch, we travel to Hughenden Manor, the handsome home of Benjamin Disraeli set in a Chiltern valley.
It houses a fascinating collection of personal memorabilia of this colourful statesman. Disraeli’s hillside retreat later became the headquarters for a top secret Second World War operation that put Hughenden high on Hitler’s target list. The basement exhibition, 1940s living-room and ice house bunker bring wartime Britain to life. We will have free time to explore this fascinating house.
Ticket price £40, or £51 if not a National Trust member
Tickets will be on sale one hour before both lectures in March 2019 and subsequent meetings if any remain.
Image – Hughenden Manor © Hans A. Rosbach – Attribution ShareAlike 3.0
Wednesday 14th August 2019 – Belvoir Castle
Belvoir Castle has been the ancestral home of the Duke of Rutland’s family since 1067. It is one of the finest examples of Regency architecture in the world.
The castle today was built in the early 1800s for the 5th Duke and is the fourth castle to stand on this site. It houses numerous paintings and treasures that have been collected by the family for nearly 1,000 years.
The gardens have undergone several changes over the centuries including bringing the lost plans of Capability Brown to fruition. There are also walks through formal gardens, woodland, Japanese, Duchess’s and Hermit’s gardens.
Ticket price to be advised
Tickets will be on sale one hour before both lectures in May 2019 and subsequent meetings if any remain.
Image – Belvoir Castle © By Nancy, Used under Licence: Creative Commons by SA 3.0