Tour | Hartlebury Castle
Wednesday 19 October 2011 - 13:15 until 16:00
The Church Commissioners are planning to sell Hartlebury Castle in the spring 2012, after which this unique property will be at risk of being broken up. However, great efforts are being made by the Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust to raise in excess of £2.5 million so that the Castle, its Chapel and the Hurd Library can be kept together and its future secured. Proceeds from our visit will be divided between the Art Fund, the Trust and the upkeep of the Library, and any further donations or offers to help the trust will be greatly appreciated.
Our guides on the tour will be the friends of Hatlebury Castle and the Hurd Library. In addition to the State rooms, we shall see the historic chapel, the Bishop’s private rooms (now unoccupied) including the Prince's bedroom and the Hurd Library. This exquisite 18th century Room houses the collection of books, still on their original shelves, formed by Bishop Hurd and bequeathed to his successors in the See of Worcester. Some volumes had previously belonged to Alexander Pope and John Dryden, while George III gave the Bishop over 100 books from his own library. Christine Penney, the Hurd Librarian, will be on hand to show some of the library's treasures.