'Ditchly in Context' with Tom Duncan
| Ditchley Park
The opportunity to see Ditchley Park is not one to be missed. Seldom open to the public, and being one of our finest Palladian Mansions within an idyllic setting, Tom Duncan, the distinguished art historian, will give a lecture on Ditchley in its architectural context.
The house was built in the 1720s to designs by James Gibbs for the 2nd Earl of Litchfield in the fashionable new Italianate style. The house passed to the Dillon family in 1776, but in 1932 tax burdens compelled them to sell. Happily it was bought by Ronald and Nancy Tree, who restored the house to its original splendour. During the war, Churchill used Ditchley for conferences when Chequers was considered unsafe from bombers.
The lecture will be followed by a lunch and a guided tour of the rich interiors of this magnificent house with Dr Duncan in attendance.