Grand Jacobean stately home and gardens, on the site of Elizabeth I's childhood home.
Bateman's is a 17th-century house located in Burwash, East Sussex, England. Author Rudyard Kipling lived in Bateman's from 1902 to his death in 1936.
Part of the Glendale Churches Heritage Trail, Old Bewick has had 900 years of 'storm and strife' from Scots invasions and the weather! Built in 12th C and restored in 13th and 14th C. In 1695 the Nave was fully restored and again in 1866 the Chapel was re-roofed. The Apse is quite a wonder to behold. There is both Anglo-Saxon and Norman influences in evidence both inside and outside the church. It certainly is worth the visit and walk around our old graveyard.
Charleston, in East Sussex is a property associated with the Bloomsbury group, that is open to the public. It was the country home of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant and is an example of their decorative style within a domestic context, representing the fruition of over sixty years of artistic creativity. Vanessa Bell wrote of this time; "It will be an odd life, but ... it ought to be a good one for painting."
Fluffy white clouds in an azure sky, an ‘on-time’ coach, destination Bury St Edmunds via Anglesey … Anglesey Abbey that is, not Anglesey, North Wales. Thus it was that on a late September morning that the Friends of Lincoln Cathedral (from near and far) joined together for another weekend of friendship and discovery.
Anglesey Abbey boasts a Jacobean-style house with a magnificent display of clocks, a passion of its one-time owner Lord Fairfield. However, colourful and fragrant gardens, a working watermill selling freshly ground flour, plus the warmth of the mid-day sun were a temptation that some just could not resist.
Bury St Edmunds beckoned – beckoned us back to bygone eras of 13th century monks and Georgian properties. Imagination worked overtime to supply, through the priory remains, the images of the serenity and prayerfulness of a monk’s life, whilst the wide roads and coaching inn arches suggested the horse and carriages of a later age of elegance.
But for us, the 21st century visitor ensconced in our hotel room, the evening sunlight drew the eye directly to the cathedral the crosses of which glowed, illuminating the crows which sat atop.
Our visits to St Edmunds and Norwich Cathedrals were enhanced by the knowledge and enthusiasm of the respective cathedrals’ Friends who were our guides. St Edmundsbury, with its spectacular stained glass throwing ever-changing patterns of colour on the floor and pillars; the vaulted ceiling made of European oak and spectacularly painted and gilded; the High Altar cross with, behind it, a wrought iron and jewelled reredos were all delights to behold.
Norwich Cathedral is a combination of a mediaeval cum modern-day museum of curiosities – the misericords, some of which date from 1420 sit alongside three others commorating the University of East Anglia, Queen Elizabeth’s visit and most bizarrely Norwich City Football Club; the large brass font once a boiling pan used at the Nestlé chocolate factory; the labyrinth which forms a continuous path and represents the Christian idea of a spiritual journey; the herb garden containing elements of a traditional ‘physic garden’ in the variety of medicinal herbs, and the two box hedge ‘knot gardens’, whose patterns reflect the stone tracery of Norwich Cathedral's renowned roof bosses. Ah! the roof bosses – the cloister bosses certainly strained the group’s neck muscles as we followed them, courtesy of our guide, through the path of the Revelation of St John the Divine.
Our long weekend concluded with a visit to Ickworth where once again there were choices – the house or the garden. Whichever choice one made, one could be temporarily transported into the world of one man’s vision of ‘Italy in England’, his passion for art or the Italianate garden.
Our weekend concluded as it began - our final meal in the company of both good wine and friends.
And finally … none of this would have been possible without the enthusiasm and dedication of the hard working secretary of the Friends. On behalf of us all: “Thank you Keith, we are looking forward to the 2014 visits”.
Dr Carolle Kerry
On 16th June seventeen members travelled long the "Spring Line" northwards to Kirton Lindsey visiting churches along the way. Calling at Ingham for coffee they proceeded to the Red Lion at Redbourn for lunch and suitably fortified continued home by Normmanby by Spital, Owmby and Scawby. Altogether ten churches were visited and members asked "When is the next church crawl?"
On Sunday 14th July 2013 thirty one Friends visited Grimsthorpe Castle. After walking through the extensive grounds and gardens they were met by Lady Willoughby who spoke about the history of the house and the family. After touring the house and being entertained to a tea provided by Lady Willoughby the Friends joined her for Evensong in the private chapel.
The weekend away for 2012 was to Durham and Newcastle staying at the Radisson Blu Hotel. On the way to Durham we visited Mount Grace Priory and on Saturday we had guided tours of Durham and Newcastle cathedral.
On the Sunday Afternoon, after a free morning when some members attended sung Eucharist at the Cathedral, the group travelled to Wallington Manor, a National Trust House and home to the Trevellian family.