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09 July 2019CORSHAM COURT and THE COURTS GARDEN
12 June 2019SUMMER PARTY at THE OLD VICARAGE, LITTON CHENEY
03 June 2019MELLS MANOR and ST ANDREW'S CHURCH, SOMERSET
18 July 2018WELLS CATHEDRAL AND BISHOPS' PALACE
29 May 2018SANDHAM MEMORIAL CHAPEL AND HIGHCLERE CASTLE
22 April 2018BLENHEIM PALACE and OXFORD HERITAGE
13 July 2017BUCKFAST ABBEY, UGBROOKE HOUSE & GARDENS, SOUTH DEVON
13 June 2017HESTERCOMBE & COTHELSTONE MANOR IN SOMERSET
08 May 2017THE HERITAGE & HISTORIC HOUSES OF THE PEAK DISTRICT
21 March 2017SALTRAM HOUSE DEVON

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CORSHAM COURT and THE COURTS GARDEN
Tuesday 09 July 2019

Corsham Court is notable for its fine collection of Old Master paintings and 18th century furniture. The original  Elizabethan House of 1582 was redesigned and extended by Capability Brown in the 1760’s and it is generally less well known that he was an architect as well as a landscape gardener. Subsequent improvements were made by John Nash and Hugh Repton. The Picture Gallery is exceptional with many masterpieces including an Annunciation by Fra Filippo Lippi (1406-1469) which is worth the visit in itself!! A famous allegorical portrait of Elizabeth 1 is also in the collection. The furniture includes fine examples of the work of Robert and James Adam and a large suite of seat furniture attributed to Thomas Chippendale. The gardens have many features inspired by Brown. 

The house has been home to eight generations of the Methuen family and we shall receive an introductory talk from James Methuen-Campbell, the current incumbent, on the Picture Collection and brief family history. We shall then have sole access to the State Rooms as the public will not be admitted until after 2pm. Room guides will be in place to answer questions.

We shall leave Tesco Dorchester at 8:15am for arrival at Corsham at 10am when coffee, tea and biscuits will be provided in St Barthomolew’s Church, by the gates of the House. (cost included). Access to facilities will be provided. The introductory talk will be given in the Picture Gallery at 11am and we then have free time to explore the remainder of the State Rooms and the gardens. Corsham Town has many opportunities for lunch/light snacks.  

We shall leave at 2:30pm for The Courts Garden at Holt, arriving at 3pm. This National Trust garden offers a rewarding visit at this time of year, having a series of yew-hedged “rooms” with a neo-Georgian temple and conservatory. One section features ponds and rills, another has more formal gardens, and there is an arboretum. There is a small tearoom facility. (Tea is not included in ticket price). We shall leave at 4:30pm for arrival in Dorchester at about 6:15pm.

Please note that this Visit is now fully booked. If you wish to be placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations please contact David Norris as below.

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Please contact David Norris on 01300 342126 or preferably at norridjo@hotmail.com if you have any queries.