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The table below sets out the historic venues we have visited in recent years.  It is only comprehensive since 2009.
(The photograph above is of Rodmarton Manor - noted for its Arts and Crafts furnishings)

Each property name is hyperlinked to the relating official website.
See also: Our Monthly Diary, Our Foreign Travel & Our Walks with the U3A Walking Group

WHAT?
(click item to follow the link)

WHERE?

WHEN?

ST. OSYTH'S PRIORY
Medieval Grade I Listed Building
Essex 3rd May 2003
FLATFORD
 Flatford is the location for some of John Constable's most famous pastoral paintings
Suffolk (N.T.) 3rd May 2003
SUTTON HOO
Ship burial of an Anglo-Saxon king and his treasured possessions
Suffolk (N.T.) 4th May 2003
LAVENHAM
 Famous medieval town
Suffolk 4th  May 2003
KENTWELL HALL
Moated Tudor Mansion with an exterior almost unaltered. Interior retains original Tudor service areas.
Suffolk 4th July 2004
ISLE OF MAN
 A self-governing British Crown Dependency between Great Britain and Ireland
The Irish Sea 30th May 2005
HADRIAN'S WALL
 Begun in AD 122, during the rule of emperor Hadrian, it was the first of two fortifications built across Great Britain, the second being the Antonine Wall, lesser known of the two because its physical remains are less evident today.
Between England and Scotland 24th July 2005
CASTLERIGG STONE CIRCLE
 One of the most visually impressive prehistoric monuments in Britain, and is the most visited stone circle in Cumbria
Keswick 24th July 2005
MOTTISFONT ABBEY 
Converted from a priory into a vast Tudor Mansion.
Romsey, Hampshire (N.T.) 21st August 2005
SANDRINGHAM
 One of the Monarch's official residencies since 1862. A very relaxed and friendly place to visit.
Norfolk 5th September 2005
NORWICH CASTLE
Architecturally, the most ambitious secular building in Europe. Founded by King William in the 11th century.
Norfolk 6th September 2005
HATFIELD HOUSE
 Hatfield House is one of the Treasure Houses of England, ten of the most magnificent palaces, houses and castles in England.
Hertfordshire 7th September 2005
IMBER
Isolated village on Salisbury Plain that was seized by the military in the early stages of WW2 and never returned to the inhabitants.
Wiltshire - 
"Little Imber on the Down
7 miles from any town"
7th April 2007
TRERICE MANOR
 Trerice Manor is a Tudor gem and is at Kestle Mill near Newquay.
Cornwall (N.T.) 30th April 2007
SELWORTHY VILLAGE
Estate Village renowned for its picturesque surroundings.  Owned by the National Trust, it is not as old as it appears and was built in 1828.
Somerset (N.T.) 3rd May 2007
CLEEVE ABBEY
 Cleeve Abbey is said to contain the finest cloister buildings in England.  We joined English Heritage here in May 2007.
Somerset (E.H.) 3rd May 2007
STUDLEY CASTLE HOTEL
We stayed here as part of our Ruby Wedding Tour
Warwickshire 11th August 2007
LUMLEY CASTLE HOTEL
 An amazing hotel, more than 600 years old, where we stayed for our Ruby Wedding celebrations
County Durham 12th/13th August 2007
BEAMISH OPEN AIR MUSEUM 
Living Museum of the North
County Durham 14th August 2007
WARKWORTH CASTLE
One of the largest, strongest and most impressive fortresses in northern England. Once home to the powerful Percy family, whose lion badge can still be seen around the castle today. Almost complete, the keep dates mainly from the end of the 14th century.
Northumberland (E.H.) 15th August 2007
ALNWICK CASTLE
The Percy family have owned the castle for over 700 years.
Northumberland 15th August 2007
BAMBURGH CASTLE
 Spanning 9 acres of land, this is one of the largest inhabited castles in the country. It was rebuilt by the Normans following the destruction of an earlier castle by the Vikings in 993.
Northumberland 16th August 2007
HOLY ISLAND
 In 635AD St. Aidan came from Iona to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and chose to found his monastery there. The Christian message flourished here and spread throughout the world.
Northumberland 16th August 2007
HEALE HOUSE & GARDENS
 Near Salisbury, we went for a walk here with Roger and Lesli - Spring was incredibly early and there were butterflies and bees as well as early daffodils etc.
Wiltshire 6th February 2008
HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT  
We had an organised tour.
London 31st July 2008

HARDWICK HALL
One of the most splendid houses in England. Built by Bess of Hardwick in the 1590s, and unaltered since.


Chesterfield, Derbyshire
(National Trust)

24th September 2008 
& 8th April, 2010

CASTLE HOWARD
 Castle Howard has been owned by the Howard family since it was built in the late 17th century.  It suffered a fire in 1940 but the rooms affected have largely been restored.  Brideshead & Brideshead Revisited were both filmed there.
York (H.H.A.) 25th September 2008 
& 19th August 2011
WHITBY ABBEY 
Begun in about 1220 in the Early English style of Gothic, the pinnacled east end and north transept still stand high, richly carved with characteristic 'dog's tooth' embellishment.
North Yorkshire (E.H.) 26th September 2008
ST MARY'S CHURCH, WHITBY
900-year history.  The interior of St Mary's is Georgian with galleries, pew boxes, and a triple decker Pulpit.  The church also has an Elizabethan altar table, memorial plaques, coat of arms and wall paintings.
North Yorkshire 26th September 2008
HAREWOOD HOUSE
The House, one of the treasure houses of England, was built in the mid-18th century and has magnificent interiors by Robert Adam, furniture by Thomas Chippendale and paintings by JMW Turner, Reynolds, Titian and El Greco, among others. 
Leeds, Yorkshire 28th September 2008
RIPON CATHEDRAL
Ripon Cathedral is one of the oldest sites of continuous Christian worship in Britain.
Yorkshire 28th September 2008
RIPON COURTHOUSE
The museum is housed in the former Quarter Sessions Courthouse built in 1830 to replace its mediaeval predecessor and the interior of the courtroom has not changed much since then.
Yorkshire 28th September 2008
RIPON POLICE MUSEUM
The museum is housed in a building which formed part of the former House of Correction and Liberty Gaol and which is now an integral part of the overall attraction of the museum. 
Yorkshire 28th September 2008
RIPON WORKHOUSE
A Workhouse has stood on this site since 1776. A Commission of Enquiry was appointed in 1832 and Ripon was found to have 33 inmates: 11 men, 11 boys, 9 women and 2 girls.
Yorkshire 28th September 2008
RIPLEY CASTLE
In 2009 the Ingilby family celebrated 700 years at Ripley Castle.
Harrogate, Yorkshire (H.H.A.) 28th September 2008
HAWORTH & HAWORTH PARSONAGE   The house and village that was home to the Brontes - we visited the church also. Yorkshire 29th September 2008
HELLIFIELD PEEL
We stayed here for one night having seen the castle's restoration feature on television in "Grand Designs".
Yorkshire Dales 29th September 2008
SNOWSHILL MANOR
Charles Paget Wade's extraordinary collection of craftsmanship & design

Nr Broadway, Gloucestershire

(National Trust)

 

16th April,2009

LYDIARD HOUSE & PARK
Ancestral home of the
Viscounts Bolingbroke

Swindon, Wiltshire

(Swindon Council)

 

23rd April,2009
PROBUS OUTING

COTEHELE
One of the least altered medieval houses in the country - owned by the Edgcumbe family
Cornwall

(National Trust)

28th April,2009

WARWICK CASTLE
Lavishly decorated State Rooms
Warwick 19th May, 2009
KVNT OUTING

 
LORD LEYCESTER HOSPITAL
14th century half-timbered buildings adapted into almshouses by Robert Dudley
Warwick

19th May, 2009
KVNT OUTING

BERRINGTON HALL
Creation of Thomas Harley
Herefordshire
(National Trust)

10th June, 2009
KVNT OUTING

CROFT CASTLE
Home of the Croft family since Domesday. Some aspects date from 14th and 15th centuries.
Herefordshire
(National Trust)
10th June, 2009
KVNT OUTING

 
IFORD MANOR
&
PETO GARDEN

Grade I Italian-style garden
Wiltshire
(Private ownership)
30th June, 2009

KVNT OUTING
CAWDOR CASTLE
dates from the late 14th century and was built as a private fortress by the Thanes of Cawdor

Scotland

 

10th August, 2009
Adie only -
Cruise optional trip

 

GLAMIS CASTLE
Ancestral home of the Earls of Strathmore for over 600 years.
Dundee, Scotland
(Discovery Cruise - optional tour)

11th August, 2009

LITTLE MORETON HALL
Begun in 1504 & completed 100 years later - regarded as the finest example of a timber-framed moated manor house in the country.
Congleton, Cheshire
(National Trust)
16th August, 2009

ERDDIG
Fascinating house - portrays unusually close relationship between the Yorke family & their photographed servants.
Nr. Wrexham
(National Trust)

17th August, 2009

SHUGBOROUGH HALL
Begun in 1504 & completed 100 years later - regarded as the finest example of a timber-framed moated manor house in the country.


Staffordshire - between Stafford & Lichfield

(National Trust
&
Staffordshire County Council)

18th August, 2009

SAMUEL JOHNSON BIRTHPLACE
Birthplace & father's bookshop


Lichfield

18th August, 2009

KEDLESTON HALL
Built between 1759 & 1765 for the Curzon family who've lived locally since the 12th century.
Derbyshire
(National Trust)

19th August, 2009

SUDBURY HALL
Late 17th century house with sumptuous interiors - also Museum of Childhood
Derbyshire
(National Trust)

20th August, 2009

BUCKINGHAM PALACE
Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of Britain's sovereigns since 1837.

London

 

26th August, 2009

CLARENCE HOUSE
Built between 1825 and 1827 to the designs of John Nash for Prince William Henry, Duke of Clarence.

London

 

26th August, 2009

CORSHAM COURT
Owned by the Methuen family

Corsham, Wiltshire
(HHA)

10th September, 2009
26th September, 2009


QUARRY BANK MILL & STYAL VILLAGE
Started by the Greg family in the late 18th century

Wilmslow, Cheshire
(National Trust)

16th September, 2009


CHETHAMS LIBRARY
Founded 1653-oldest surviving British public library

Manchester

17th September, 2009

LACOCK CLOISTERS
Medieval Cloisters


Lacock, Wiltshire
(National Trust)
 

16th September, 2009

BERKELEY CASTLE
Same family for 900+ years.  Edward II  murdered here, & Barons of West gathered pre Magna Carta.  Elizabeth I hunted & played bowls here.
Berkeley
Gloucestershire
(HHA)

27th September, 2009


THE CHANTRY
Owned by Edward Jenner from 1785 til he died in 1823, 

Berkeley
Gloucestershire

27th September, 2009

BURGHLEY HOUSE
Built and mostly designed by William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I, between 1555 and 1587
Stamford
Lincolnshire

22nd October, 2009

NORMANTON CHURCH
Saved from flooding by reservoir & houses museum. 
Rutland Water
Leicestershire

23rd October, 2009


OAKHAM CASTLE HALL
One of the finest examples of late 12th century domestic architecture in England.


Oakham, Rutland
Lincolnshire

 

23rd October, 2009

 

 

CHARLECOTE PARK
Home to the Lucy family since the 15th century.

 


Wellesbourne, Warwickshire
(National Trust)

24th October, 2009

 

 

MARLBOROUGH COLLEGE
Original home of the Seymour family

 

Marlborough
(went with Art Fund)

27th October, 2009

 

 

MERCHANTS' HOUSE
House of Thomas Bayly 1653

 

 

Marlborough
(went with Art Fund)

27th October, 2009

 

HADDON HALL
Probably the finest example of a fortified medieval manor house in existence. Home of the Manners family since 1567


Bakewell, Derbyshire
(HHA)

6th April, 2010

 

MASSON MILLS
Sir Richard Arkwright.
Working Textile Museum

 


Cromford, Derbyshire
 

9th April, 2010

BUCKLAND ABBEY
13th century Cistercian abbey which became home of Sir Francis Drake

 

Nr Yelverton, Devon
(National Trust)

5th May, 2010

ELIZABETHAN HOUSE
On Plymouth's historic Barbican - dates back to time of Drake
Plymouth, Devon
(National Trust)

8th May, 2010

SALTRAM HOUSE
George II mansion - home to the Parker family
(friends of Joshua Reynolds)
for about 300 years.
Plympton, Devon
(National Trust)

8th May, 2010


CHURCH HOUSE
One of the finest examples of a 16th-century Church House, originally used for parish festivities or 'ales'.
Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Devon
(National Trust)

9th May, 2010


LYTES CARY
Former home of medieval herbalist Henry Lyte.
14th-century chapel,
and 15th-century Great Hall.
Somerton, Somerset
(National Trust)

10th May, 2010

AVEBURY MANOR
Dates from at least the
 16th century

(Many visits including
those shown on right)


We are National Trust Volunteers here!

Avebury, Wiltshire
(National Trust)
 
21st May, 2010 (Helle)
31st Aug, 2010 (J&M)
BUSCOT PARK
Family home of Lord Faringdon, who continues to care for the property plus the family art collection, which is on display.
Faringdon, Oxfordshire
(National Trust
& private family collection)
26th May, 2010
NADFAS OUTING
WADDESDON MANOR
Late 19th century home of the Rothschilds - houses their treasures
Nr Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
(National Trust)
27th May, 2010

KVNT OUTING

RODMARTON MANOR
Built between 1909 & 1929 - the supreme example of a house & all its furniture made according to Arts and Crafts ideals.
Between
Cirencester & Tetbury
(HHA)
9th June 2010
MOMPESSON HOUSE
18th century building within  Cathedral Close
Salisbury
(National Trust)
12th June 2010
ARUNDELLS
Former home of
Sir Edward Heath

Salisbury
(Private ownership)

 


12th June 2010
SEEND MANOR
18th century house
23 acres - of which 1.5 is
formal garden. Open for HFH.
 

Seend
(Private ownership)

 


13th June 2010
LITTLECOTE
Oldest part: 1290 with most dating from Tudor times.
Henry VIII courted Jane Seymour here.
Nr Hungerford

(KVNT
10th birthday celebrations)
15th June 2010
SUDELEY CASTLE
Its history spans 1000+ years. Katherine Parr is buried here.
Like Littlecote, it also has connections with the Seymours.
Winchcombe
Gloucestershire
(HHA)

(Bought a Penstemon "Cherry"
hardy border perennial here.)
29th June 2010
CHASTLETON HOUSE
Jacobean property largely untouched by time or modernisation.
Nr Moreton-in-Marsh
Oxfordshire
(National Trust)
7th & 9th July 2010
KELMSCOTT MANOR
Home of William Morris and his family - with their furniture
and personal effects.
Kelmscott, near Lechlade
Oxfordshire
(HHA)
7th July 2010
& 21st May 2011 (w Helle)
STANWAY HOUSE
a Jacobean house - the estate having changed hands only once in the last 1280 years! Grounds have the largest gravity fed fountain in the world.
Stanway
Gloucestershire
(HHA)
8th July 2010
BRAEMORE HOUSE
&
MUSEUM

Magnificent Elizabethan Manor House together with a Saxon Church in its grounds and a Museum of Country Life

 

Braemore
Hampshire/Wiltshire border

(HHA)

 

23rd August 2010
KINGSTON LACY
 17th c: Bankes family home for 300+ years. Lavish interiors. Outstanding art collection includes Rubens, Van Dyck,
Titian & Brueghel.
 U.K.'s largest private collection of Egyptian artifacts.

Nr Wimborne Minster
(National Trust)

 

10th September 2010
3rd October 2011
CHAVENAGE HOUSE
- historic Elizabethan Manor House near Tetbury
.  The owner and his family personally guide tours.
Chavenage - Nr Tetbury
(HHA)
12th September 2010
TYNTESFIELD
 Spectacular Victorian house
and gardens created by the Gibbs family and saved for the nation in 2002.
 
Wraxall, Bristol, Somerset
(National Trust)
13th September 2010
& 3rd August 2011 with Avebury NT Volunteers
BRAMALL HALL
Tudor Manor House with origins dating back to medieval times. Owned by the Davenport Family for many generations.
Stockport - Cheadle Hulme (Stockport Council) 19th September 2010
THE VYNE
Elizabethan "power house"
built in the 16th century for Henry VIII's Lord Chamberlain - Lord Sandys.
Then home to the Chute family for more than 300 years.
Nr Basingstoke
(National Trust)
16th April 2011
OKEHAMPTON CASTLE
the largest castle in Devon - begun soon after the Norman Conquest as a motte & bailey with stone keep. Converted into a sumptuous 14th century residence by Hugh Courtenay, Earl of Devon. Last Courtney owner fell foul of Henry VIII in 1538, & it declined. Allegedly haunted.
Okehampton
(English Heritage)
13th May 2011
CROFTON BEAM ENGINES
The oldest working beam engine in the world still in its original engine house and capable of actually doing the job for which it was installed
Between Marlborough
& Hungerford

(Kennet & Avon Canal Trust)
15th May 2011
TATTERSHALL CASTLE
Rare red-brick 15th century castle built by Ralph Cromwell, one of the most powerful Englishmen of his time. All six floors can be explored.
Rescued & restored by Lord Curson in the early 20th century
Tattershall, Lincolnshire LN4 4LR (N.T.)
(The neighbouring church dating also from the mid 15th century is remarkable for its size and enormous windows which make it unusually light).
17th August 2011
BELTON HOUSE
Built from 1685-88 for "Young" Sir John Brownlow, it was for years the scene of lavish hospitality and entertainment on a grand scale.  "Below Stairs" exhibition in the basement about the lives of Belton's servants
Grantham, Lincolnshire (N.T.) 18th August 2011
WOOLSTHORPE MANOR
Isaac Newton was born at Woolsthorpe Manor on Christmas Day 1642.  He grew up here on the family farm and in this modest manor house he made many of his important discoveries.
Woolsthorpe by Colsterworth, nr Grantham (N.T.) 18th August 2011
EPWORTH OLD RECTORY
This impressive grade 1 listed Queen Anne building set in beautiful gardens was the home where Samuel and Susanna Wesley brought up their sons John and Charles, the founders of Methodism.
Epworth, North Lincs, about 20 miles from Doncaster
(Privately owned by the Methodist Church 
- 4.00 concessionary entrance charge)
20th August 2011
GAINSBOROUGH OLD HALL
Gainsborough Old Hall is a unique medieval manor house right in the centre of Gainsborough. Sir Thomas Burgh built it between 1460 and 1480 and it remains much as he left it.
Gainsborough, Lincolnshire (E.H.) 21st August 2011
LYME
Largely rebuilt in the reign of Elizabeth I, it was re-modelled in the mid 17th  and early 19th centuries.
Disley, Stockport, Cheshire (N.T.)

 

22nd August 2011

COUGHTON COURT
Home to the Throckmorton family for 600 years, this fine Tudor house has links to the Gunpowder Plot
. The family passed the property to the National Trust in 1946 but lease it back on a 300 year lease. Their own website is linked from the next column.

Near Alcester, Warwickshire (N.T.) 25th August 2011
KING JOHN'S HOUSE, ROMSEY
 Dating from the 13th Century, King John's House was once the main building in a major medieval complex. 
Romsey, Hampshire 5th September 2011
THE GEORGE INN
Built in the 14th or 15th century as a wool store for Hinton Charterhouse Priory & to accommodate travellers and merchants coming to the annual wool fairs held in the village from the late 13th century until 1902. In the 15th century the timber-framed upper floors were added.
Norton St. Philip, Nr Bath 10th September 2011

FARLEIGH HUNGERFORD CASTLE
Started in the 14th century, this fortified mansion was occupied for 300 years by the Hungerford family. There is a remarkable chapel with the best collection of human-shaped lead coffins in England.
Farleigh Hungerford (E.H.)
- 2 miles from Norton St. Philip
10th September 2011
WILLIAM WORDSWORTH'S HOUSE
This was the childhood home of William, his three brothers and sister Dorothy. He was born here on 7th April 1770 but had to leave in 1784 when he and his siblings were orphaned.
Cockermouth, Cumbria (N.T.) 22nd September 2011
SANDFORD ORCAS MANOR
Built in the mid 16th Century from local Ham Hill stone. This Manor House is complete with arched gatehouse, stable courtyard and walled garden and is virtually unaltered inside and out.  In private ownership.
Sandford Orcas, Dorset (PRIVATE OWNERSHIP) 13th April 2012
CANONS ASHBY
Home to the Dryden family for over 400 years - more than a manor house but not one of England's grand houses
Daventry, Northamptonshire (N.T.) 24th July 2012
LYVEDEN NEW BIELD
A remarkable survivor of the Elizabethan Age - just as the workmen left it when they downed tools in 1605
Near Oundle, Northamptonshire (N.T.) 25th July 2012
APETHORPE HALL
Begun in the late 15th century - now empty and being conserved by English Heritage. Currently for sale
Apethorpe, Northamptonshire (E.H.) 25th July 2012

THE TREASURER'S HOUSE, YORK
The first house ever given to the National Trust complete with a collection . It has a history spanning 2,000 years - from the Roman road in its cellar to the Edwardian servants' quarters in the attics.

York (N.T.) 26th July 2012
CRAGSIDE
Home of Lord Armstrong - Victorian inventor, innovator and landscape genius. Cragside house was a wonder of its age.
Northumberland (N.T.)

 

27th July 2012
SEATON DELAVAL HALL
Built between 1719 and 1730 for Admiral George Delaval, it is not only the finest house in the north east of England, but also among the finest works of its architect, Sir John Vanbrugh, one of the masters of English Baroque.
Northumberland (N.T.) 27th July 2012
BIRDOSWALD FORT 
(HADRIAN'S WALL)

Extensive remains of the Roman Fort can be explored and the longest continuous remaining stretch of Hadrian's Wall can be seen here.
Cumbria (E.H.) 27th July 2012
PORT SUNLIGHT
Th
e late 19th Century village was built by William Hesketh Lever (later Viscount Leverhulme) to house his soap factory workers at Lever Brothers which eventually turned into the global giant Unilever. 
The Wirral 28th July 2012
SMITHILLS HALL
Smithills Hall is a Grade 1 listed building which contains fine examples of architecture through the ages, from Medieval times.
Bolton, Lancashire 29th July 2012
Our ongoing list of the places we would like to visit, or re-visit, includes the following:

SHREWSBURY, SCARBOROUGH

GREAT CHALFIELD MANOR (NT) nr Melksham - SN12 8NH  (12 miles approx 25 minutes)
WESTWOOD MANOR, nr Bradford on Avon BA15 2AF (15 miles approx 30 minutes)


APETHORPE HALL above (EH) Northamptonshire - really enjoyed visiting the above in July 2012