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16 July 2018St Mary's House, Bramber & Lancing College
05 September 2018'Woman's Place in Parliament' Exhibition
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17 November 2018Musical and historic tour of Westminster Abbey
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St Mary's House, Bramber & Lancing College
Monday 16 July 2018

An exclusive visit to the enchanting historic 15th century timber-framed house, with magnificent gardens, in the picturesque award-winning downland village of Bramber, West Sussex ... a place of fascination and mystery.Still a lived-in home, there are fine panelled rooms, including the unique Elizabethan trompe l'oeil  painted Room. St Mary's has intriguing literary connections ... Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, and the Sherlock Holmes story The Musgrave Ritual.

There are five acres of beautiful gardens, with an exceptional example of the prehistoric Ginkgo Biloba 'living fossil' tree, amusing animal topiary, and 'Secret' Garden with original Victorian fruit wall and pineapple pits, beautiful rose garden, terracotta garden, King's Garden, unusual circular English Poetry Garden, landscape water garden and Rural Museum.

Following lunch at The Old Tollgate Hotel in Bramber, we will we will have a guided tour of Lancing College Chapel. The foundation stone was laid 1868 and built by resident masons of Sussex sandstone. The 70 foot foundations hold the chapel on its spectacularly eminent site. The crypt was used by the school until the upper chapel was consecrated in 1911.  However, this remarkable building intended by the Founder as a symbol of faith and a challenge to materialism remains incomplete. 

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