Three highly enjoyable members’ visits have taken place so far this year. Our first visit was to London on 12th April to see the Inner and Middle Temples, Dr Johnson’s house and 2 Temple Place. Members were given a fascinating guided tour of the history and development of the Inner and Middle Temples, which encompassed Middle Temple’s Elizabethan Hall with its magnificent double hammer-beam roof and many of the courtyards and gardens which provide such a peaceful oasis between the pounding traffic of Fleet Street and the Embankment.
Members also visited Doctor Johnson’s House in Gough Square and then moved on to 2 Temple Place just off the Embankment where William Waldorf Astor spared no expense when he commissioned John Loughborough Pearson to design a lavish estate office in neo Gothic style during the 1890s.
The second visit, on 29th April, was a coach tour to Wadworth’s Brewery in Devizes and Crofton Pumping Station. Originally founded by Henry Alfred Wadworth in 1875, Wadworth’s stunning Victorian tower brewery is a landmark in the centre of Devizes and attracts visitors from across the world. Pubs signs are still hand painted in the sign shop and the Wadworth shire horses deliver daily around the town. Together with an excellent guided tour, members were able to sample the seven different ales brewed there, accompanied by some delicious pies. At Crofton there was a guided tour of the steam-driven beam engines, which lift water from a nearby spring to the summit of the canal in Savernake Forest. A fascinating place and well worth a visit.
Detailed reports of these two visits are in the June issue of TrustNews. Click here to read the June issue.
Our third visit was on 5th June and was a coach trip to south London to visit first the Red House at Bexleyheath (designed by Philip Webb for William Morris), and then Eltham Palace, which was built for Edward IV in the 1470s and was later restored and extended in Art Deco style for the Courtauld family in the 1930s.
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