Visit: St Margaret's Church & Bodelwyddan Castle, National Portrait Gallery
| St Margaret's Church
Art Fund members are being given the chance to see round this exquisite Church and learn a little about its history on a private tour with the Vicar. Visitors will see immediately why, when it was first built in 1856, it was called the 'Pearl of the Vale'. This finely ornate church took just over four years to build at a total cost of £60,000. There are beautiful external and internal carvings, particularly the oak pulpit and lectern, the hammer-beam roof with Trefoil ornamentation, and the font carved out of exquisite Carrara marble.
Following this, refreshments will be served at Bodelwyddan Castle, which is part of the National Portrait Gallery. The Castle has had a chequered history, with occupants as diverse as Sir William Williams, Speaker of the House in the seventeenth century, the army in the early twentieth century followed by the girls' public school, Lowther College.
The group will be split into two, either starting with a guided tour, which will include a brief history of the Castle or a tour of the grounds and formal gardens which are currently undergoing restoration with time to see the special exhibition and Craft and Design gallery. There will then be a break for lunch before changing over. The ticket price includes coffee or tea and biscuit on arrival, but not lunch, as there are a variety of meals available, including soup and sandwiches, in the café or you may prefer to bring your own and have it outside in the grounds.