Visit to Melbury House and Minterne
- Melbury House |
A visit has been arranged to Melbury House in Dorset. A medieval house added to by Salvin and Devey in the 19th century, it was the home of the Fox-Strangeways family, Earls of Ilchester, who also owned Holland House in London. Charles James Fox was a member of this family as was Henry Fox-Talbot, the pioneer photographer, who was born at Melbury. The house was Thomas Hardy's 'King's Hintock Court'. Melbury descended through the female line to the Hon. Mrs Townshend who has kindly agreed to show us around. It is not open to the public.
Visitors shall drive a few miles to Minterne, the home of the Churchill and Digby families for 350 years. Dating back to the 14th century, the house was sold to the Digby family in 1768. The present Lord Digby and his son will give us a tour of the house and spectacular gardens, which contain many rare trees and shrubs noted for their autumn colouring. Although the gardens are open to the public, the house is only open by special arrangement.
The coach will leave the Croft Road car park, Worcester, at 8am, and we will aim to return by 7.30pm. A sandwich lunch with soft drinks, tea and coffee will be provided at Minterne.
For tickets please contact Caroline Hornyold on 01684 310389