Organised by the Worcestershire Volunteer Fundraising Committee

Day in the Wye Valley seeing churches and The Laskett Gardens

  • Herefordshire churches and The Laskett Gardens |
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  • Thursday, 9 June 2016 - 10:30 until 16:30

The event begins at Brockhampton Church, a seminal work of the Arts and Crafts Movement and now of national importance. This beautiful and unusual building incorporates works of art and decoration specifically created at the time. Then travel three miles through country lanes to cross the Wye at Hoarwithy. Here is a very different, though no less striking, building, a recreation of a 14th century Tuscan hilltop church with a Byzantine interior. Beautiful in itself but in singular contrast with Brockhampton and perhaps demonstrating why the Arts and Crafts Movement should have become an inevitable aesthetic revision.

At Brockhampton, Richard Slawson, an architect, will outline its historical context. Richard Lockett, an art historian, will describe Hoarwithy and how it came to be built.

After lunch the afternoon will be spent at The Laskett Gardens, one of the largest private formal gardens created in England since 1945. Over almost four decades Sir Roy Strong, and his late wife, Dr Julia Trevelyan Oman, transformed a four acre field into a series of stunning garden rooms and vistas, including a rose garden, pleached lime avenue, orchard and knot garden, parterres and spectacular topiary. The garden tells the story of their marriage and creative lives in the arts.

Optional lunch at Cottage of Content (additional payment on the day).  

Own transport – due to limited parking please share cars if possible.

This event has been organised by the Worcestershire Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.

Venue details

Herefordshire churches and The Laskett Gardens Much Birch Herefordshire HR2 8HZ