Study Tour of Northamptonshire Houses and Gardens (and a Castle)

Posted on March 3rd, 2010 by Charles Boot
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Study Tour of Northamptonshire Houses
and Gardens (and a Castle)

Wednesday 9 to Friday 11 June

We shall be visiting historic houses and gardens, a castle and its gardens, archaeological sites and one modern garden.

Wednesday:
A visit to eighteenth-century Kelmarsh Hall, the interiors and grounds of which were greatly influenced by Nancy Tree (later Lancaster), whose home this was in the late 1920s. Geoffrey Jellicoe designed the gardens immediately around the Hall. There will be a tour of the house, also of the exhibition of the original furniture commissioned by the Earl of Coventry for Croome Court, Worcestershire, in the 1750s. Guided tour of the gardens after lunch.

A view within the restored garden at Kelmarsh Hall (photo by Charles Boot)

A view within the restored garden at Kelmarsh Hall (photo by Charles Boot)

Then a visit to the Old Rectory, Haselbech. The grounds have fine trees, and the garden area itself includes an old walled garden, herbaceous borders, roses, a bog garden and a potager.

Thursday:
A day with garden archaeologist Brian Dix. We visit Holdenby to see the footprint of the great Elizabethan mansion and the outlines of its extensive gardens, built by Sir Christopher Hatton from 1583 in anticipation of a visit by Elizabeth I. The house was largely demolished in the seventeenth century. Following a pub lunch, we visit the listed site of the old manor at Harrington, originally monastic, with its terraces and series of fishponds. In the evening we visit Rockingham Castle, which dates from about 1066. There are 18 acres of gardens, both formal and ‘wild’, and we have a tour of the gardens and the castle interior, followed by a candlelit supper.

Friday:
An all day visit to Boughton House, home of the Duke of Buccleuch. Our tour of the great house, with its fine baroque rooms, will also include a look at the Chinese Pavilion made for Montagu House, the family’s London home, in the eighteenth century. In the afternoon Brian Dix leads a tour of the extensive gardens. Begun in the 1680s, they were greatly enlarged in the eighteenth century, and are presently the subject of a restoration programme which includes the new Orpheus design by Kim Wilkie (see conservation, GHS NEWS 84).

Boughton's new Orpheus feature; the downwards ramp leads to a square reflecting pool, ‘fed’ by the spring under the steely cube framework sheltering a stone edged rill (photo by Jonathan Lovie)

Boughton's new Orpheus feature; the downwards ramp leads to a square reflecting pool, ‘fed’ by the spring under the steely cube framework sheltering a stone edged rill (photo by Jonathan Lovie)

The cost for all three days is £155 per person which includes all entrances and guided tours, all lunches, teas on Wednesday & Friday and the candlelit supper at Rockingham Castle. Accommodation and transport are not included, but a brief list of hotels and b&b’s will be sent for those booking, together with further details of the visits, a map and directions. Numbers will be limited.
To book please write, enclosing an A5 SAE: to:

Jennifer Meir, Jackson’s Barn, Charlecote, Warwick, CV35 9EW

or email Jennifer Meir

or download and fill in the Booking Form


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