This visit has been organised by Tom Jacobs.
We visit Strawberry Hill House or ‘Horace’s Castle’ near Twickenham, built by Horace Walpole and famed internationally as Britain’s finest example of Gothic Revival architecture. We shall enjoy a guided tour of the house in the morning and of Walpole’s garden in the afternoon.
Description: . The House is a striking white castellated two story building. As well as splendid architecture and a magnificent gallery, we will see fine stained glass windows, and numerous works of art. The House stands in a large attractive garden open to the public. When Horace Walpole, 4th Earl of Oxford, son of prime minister Robert Walpole and later author of the early Gothic novel, The Castle of Otranto, came into a fortune, he set out to build a ‘castle’ as a country seat and, guided by a Committee of Taste, produced a building which prefigured the Gothic revival in architecture which to a significant extent eclipsed the neo-classicism of the day. ‘Horace’s Castle’ has undergone major renovations in recent years and there is much to see that is new. For more information see the Strawberry Hill House Website at: www.strawberryhillhouse.org.uk/ (Ctrl+Click)
Where and when to meet: The house is at 268 Waldegrave Road, Twickenham, TW1 4ST, adjacent to Queen Mary’s University. We will meet there in the café at 10.30am.
Getting there: There are trains from Waterloo to Strawberry Hill station every half hour. Coming from Waterloo, exit Strawberry Hill Station, turn left, take the second road on the right, which is signposted, and at its end turn left, and you will come to the main entrance leading to Strawberry Hill House.
Lunch: We can lunch in the café at 12.30.
Timetable (times approximate)
10:30 Begin to assemble in the café at Strawberry Hill House
11:00 Guided tour of Horace’s Castle.
14\;00 Tour of Gardens
Size of party: 20 max
Cost: £25.00 to include refreshments on arrival, both tours and guides.
Contacts: Contacts: Email Tony Colclough firstname.lastname@example.org before the day or call 07930 171307 the day or 07930 171307 on the day.
Late arrivals: Contact Tony as above.
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Tony Colclough (REMS)
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Surrey KT7 0AE
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