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10 December 2018Visit to Strawberry Hill House, and Chiswick House
23 October 2018New visit to Powderham Castle and Castle Drogo
16 May 2018Visit to Berkeley Castle and Spetchley Park Gardens
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Visit to Strawberry Hill House, and Chiswick House
Monday 10 December 2018

A day trip to a new exhibition at Strawberry Hill House (Twickenham), and to Chiswick House
Monday December 10th 2018

Lost Treasures of Strawberry Hill: Masterpieces from Horace Walpole's Collection.  

The exhibition brings back to Strawberry Hill some of the most important masterpieces in Horace Walpole’s famous and unique collection for a once-in-a-lifetime re-creation. Horace Walpole’s collection was one of the most important of the 18th century. It was dispersed in a great sale in 1842. For the first time in over 170 years, Strawberry Hill can be seen as Walpole conceived it, with the collection in the interiors as he designed it, shown in their original positions. We shall have a private guided tour followed by time to wander the house and gardens of this iconic house.  

We then make the short journey to Chiswick House, Lord Burlington’s villa, inspired by Andrea Palladio and Inigo Jones where we have lunch in the Chiswick House café, before a guided tour. 

‘I cannot keep more out of Chiswick than the moth can out of the candle’, admitted the 6th Duke in June 1842. Although he, 6thDuke of Devonshire, had inherited the house in 1811, it was in the 1840s that he began to turn his attention to re-decorating the interiors. Chiswick House had already been significantly enlarged by his parents, the 5th Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, but now it was the 6th Duke’s turn to make his mark. He employed the influential decorating firm Crace & Son. In August 1843 the Duke’s sister, Harriet (Countess Granville), declared, ‘Oh! Chiswick! Dearest brother, Chiswick! What shall I say? Chatsworth, be jealous’.

The coach will leave the Commercial Road car park in Shepton Mallet at 08.00, in order to arrive at Strawberry Hill House for our 10.30 tour – which takes place before the house is open to the general public. There will then be time to take coffee and explore the gardens before we travel the short distance to Chiswick House for a lunch break in the Chiswick House Café (cash).  After lunch, we have a guided tour of the house before exploring the garden (weather permitting) and departing for Shepton Mallet, arriving at approximately 18.30.

The price of the trip includes coach travel, entrance and guide fees.  Members should bring money for the Commercial Road car park in Shepton Mallet., coffee and lunch.
Please apply for tickets, using the Application Form found by clicking the link, to Christopher Lewis, Barley Brook House, Green Lane, Butcombe, Bristol BS40 7US enclosing a stamped, self-addressed envelope.  Telephone 01761 462269.  The closing date is November 7th.