Markenfield Hall and St Mary's Church Studley Royal
| Markenfield Hall and St Mary's Church Studley Royal
Markenfield Hall, near Ripon ("Yorkshire's best kept secret") is rarely open to the public. Built in 1310 by Edward ll's Chancellor to the Exchequer, John de Markenfield, it is still completely moated. With a stormy and fascinating history, today it is a working farm and much loved home. In his Best Houses book, Simon Jenkins says "Markenfield is a rare treasure in the hands of dedicated custodians."
After a Soup and Sandwiches lunch at the Studley Royal Visitor Centre a visit will be made to St Mary's Church for a guided tour. Built by William Burgess in 1870-8 for the Marquess and Marchioness of Ripon it is a masterpiece of Victorian architecture, its interior judged to be one of Burgess's most successful compositions. Travel will be by coach, starting at Lancaster and calling at Samlesbury Memorial Hall and Gisburn (opposite the Post Office).
Tickets: Mrs Susie Yorke, The Carriage House, Halton Place, Hellifield BD23 4LJ. Tel. 01729 850459. Please indicate where you will be joining the coach.