Joint Autumn Visit - Salisbury Cathedral & Wilton House and Park - Tuesday 29th August
You and your guest(s) are invited to join the combined clubs of Godalming and Milford outing to Wilton House and Salisbury Cathedral on August 29th travelling by coach from Milford.
The Cathedral occupies the finest, quintessentially English landscape position adjoining water meadows, much painted by Constable, yet near the town centre and Close with many wonderful period buildings.
Its construction dates from 1220 and is almost totally in the Gothic “Early English” style with a long elegant Nave and Transepts, the limestone relieved by Purbeck stone columns in arcading and clerestory. The famous (over 400 ft) steeple was added in 1334, marvelously slender with pinnacles reaching for the sky. You can climb it if you have the energy!
We will have the benefit of a guided tour of around 1 hour.
WILTON HOUSE, GARDENS AND PARK.
Wilton House is one of the finest mainly 18th Century country houses in England. The palatial grandeur, plus sheer elegance and quality internally, puts it in the same league (for example) as Blenheim, Castle Howard, Chatsworth, Longleat and Burghley (Elizabethan) although rather smaller on plan .
The Wilton Estate originally extended to 46,000 acres but is still set in substantial gardens, landscaped parkland with a lake. Lots of walking and picnic potential. The House dates from 1544 but substantially rebuilt in 1647 to a classical renaissance design by Inigo Jones. It was refitted and refurbished to accord with 18th Century Georgian fashion for country houses by James Wyatt. The famous very grand six “State Rooms” are the most lavishly decorated in the finest French and Italian “Baroque” styles to be found in comparable English country houses of the mid eighteenth century.
Access to most of the house and state rooms is open to all but may be subject to timed entry. There are two exhibitions currently open to visitors: Cecil Beaton and Lord Pembroke`s classic car collection.
Departure point: Secret’s Farm Shop Car Park, Chapel Lane, Milford GU8 5HU.
8.45 Assemble Secretts Farm Shop Car Park in Milford
9.15 Coach leaves Milford
10.45 (approx) Coach arrives at the Cathedral
12.00 (approx) Coach departs for Wilton House
12.30 (approx) Coach arrives Wilton House
12.30 - 16.00 Lunch and time to visit the House, Gardens and Park
16.15 Coach departs for Milford
18.00 Anticipated arrival Milford
£26.50 per attendee (members and guests). LUNCH NOT INCLUDED (see below) .
The Palladian restaurant offers hot and cold light lunches and take away items.
The booking form is available here
Contact and further information
For more information and to book please contact Martin Farr. Telephone no 01483 414541.
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