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DateVisit
16 July 2018St Mary's House, Bramber & Lancing College
14 June 2018College of Arms Tour and supper
11 June 2018Royal Holloway College
14 May 2018Isle of Wight Holiday
25 April 2018College of Arms Tour and supper
07 January 2018"Loving Vincent" and Lecture at Leatherhead Theatre
19 December 2017Christmas by Candlelight
18 October 2017Trip to Dover Castle
15 October 2017Members Sunday Lunch
20 September 2017Trip to Istria 19th - 27th September 2017
17 August 2017Stories in Stitchwork
06 July 2017Hampstead guided walk and visit to two National Trust houses
22 June 2017UK tour to Norwich
08 May 2017Knebworth House visit
20 March 2017Two Temple Place
10 March 2017East Surrey Area Special Interest Meeting
02 March 2017"Mary Rose"
02 February 2017City Visit and Old Bailey
20 December 2016Concert in Parish Church - Christmas by Candlelight
11 November 2016East Surrey Special Interest day on Capability Brown
25 October 2016Glyndebourne Don Giovanni
23 October 2016RFH Concert
15 September 2016Royal Festival Hall Concert: Rogers and Hammerstein
08 September 2016Street Art Tour around Shoreditch
27 July 2016Guided Walk and Tea in Gatton Park
19 April 2016Trip to Lewes
04 August 2015Greywell Hill House

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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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