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Copper Hall: Thursday 4 April 2019
Copped Hall is a large house visible from the M25. One Sunday morning in 1917, the main eighteenth century block of Copped Hall was largely burnt-out in a disastrous fire. Although this destruction was very serious, the essential identity of Copped Hall remained. The mansion shell was in surprisingly good condition - although it needed stabilising - and the structure of the gardens was still present. The specially formed Copped Hall Trust saved the mansion and gardens by purchasing them in 1995.
It is now four years since our last visit so we return with great anticipation to see how much progress has been achieved in that time. We will have a guided tour of the house and also the grounds and finish off with tea / coffee and cake.
Price £25 inclusive. Leaving Ware Library 12.30pm, Fire Station, Kings Hill then Wodson bus stop 12.35pm.
Historic Essex: Wednesday 24 April 2019 Full with a waiting list to be started.
Our trip will be a tour of historic Essex with a difference. We will visit Cressing Temple Barns, Maldon Hythe Quay and have an exclusive guided tour within Layer Marney Tower.
We meet our Blue Badge Guide, Claire, at Braintree before continuing our journey to Cressing Temple Barns. The Barley and Wheat Barns are Grade I listed barns originally built in the 13th century on land that had been given to the Knights Templar in 1137. They are among the oldest timber barns and few surviving Templar buildings in England.
We will enjoy tea / coffee and biscuits (included) at the tea room run by Wilkins and Sons before Claire gives us more information about this remarkable site.
We rejoin our coach for a guided tour through this fascinating landscape. We will stop at Maldon, an ancient riverside town, scene of an epic 10th century battle and home to Maldon Sea Salt. Claire will take us on an optional short guided walking tour of Maldon Hythe Quay with views over the River Blackwater and the battle site. Thames barges are often seen moored at the Hythe Quay.
There are a couple of pubs overlooking the river, as well as a few kiosk cafes where you may wish to purchase lunch.
After lunch, we continue our tour as we travel to Layer Marney Tower, England’s tallest Tudor Gatehouse. This is a stunning, historic building which is still a family home and our guided tour here will take us to parts of the house not normally open to the public.
Our day concludes with tea / coffee and traybake (included) before departing for home.
Price £46 inclusive. Leaving Library 9.10am, Fire Station, Kings Hill then Wodson bus stop 9.15am.
Osterley Park: Friday 7 June 2019
A world apart. You could stroll up the tree-lined drive, but we will drive! Past the grazing Charolais cattle and you'd think you're in the country, not urban Hounslow! Once described by Horace Walpole as “the palace of palaces”, Osterley was created in the late 18th century by architect and designer Robert Adam for the Child family to entertain and impress their friends and clients. Surrounded by gardens, park and farmland, Osterley is one of the last surviving country estates in London. Although we have visited before, it was a few years ago and a revisit is always worthwhile. The house was being renovated room by room so it will be great to see it finished. In front of the house stands an impressive pond in which wild life abounds. The gardens are fabulous and extensive. The old stables are now tea rooms where hot and cold food is available. There is a shop and also a farm shop selling fresh produce.
Price £20 for National Trust members, £31.20 for non-members. Leaving Ware Library 9am, Fire Station and Kings Hill, Wodson bus stop 9.05am.
Brick Lane Music Hall: Thursday 12 December 2019
We return to Brick Lane for a three course Christmas lunch followed by a Christmas show. Tickets will cost £45. Coach extra once numbers are known. Bookings being taken now. Deposit of £20. Full payment by and bookings close 12 August 2019. Coach payable after this date.