Walton and Hersham

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Walton and Hersham


Wednesday 23 April
Hatfield House and Gardens

'Hatfield House is a country house set in a large park, the Great Park, on the eastern side of the town of Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England. The present Jacobean house was built in 1611 by Robert Cecil, First Earl of Salisbury and Chief Minister to King James I and has been the home of the Cecil family ever since. It is a prime example of Jacobean architecture and is currently the home of Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 7th Marquess of Salisbury.' (Wikipedia)

Booking open at 1:45pm at the March lecture.


 Hatfield House
Hatfield House
(photograph from Wikimedia Commons)

Friday 18 July
Freemasons' Lodge & Sir John Soane's Museum, London

'Sir John Soane's Museum was formerly the home of the neo-classical architect John Soane. It holds many drawings and models of Soane's projects and the collections of paintings, drawings and antiquities that he assembled.

The museum is in the Holborn area of central London, adjacent to Lincoln's Inn Fields.' (Wikipedia)

Booking opens at 1:45pm at the June lecture.

Soane Museum

Sir John Soane's Museum
(photograph from Wikimedia Commons)


Friday 17 October
Hogarth's House & Osterley Park and House

'Hogarth's House is the former country home of the 18th century English artist William Hogarth in Chiswick. The House now belongs to the London Borough of Hounslow and is open to visitors free of charge. Chiswick is now one of London's western suburbs, but in the 18th century it was a large village or small town quite separate from the metropolis, but within easy reach of it. Today the house is a Grade 1 listed building.

Osterley Park is a mansion set in a large park of the same name. It is in the London Borough of Hounslow, part of the western suburbs of London. When the house was built it was surrounded by rural countryside. It was one of a group of large houses close to London which served as country retreats for wealthy families, but were not true country houses on large agricultural estates. Other surviving country retreats of this type near London include Syon House and Chiswick House.


Booking opens at 1:45pm at the September lecture.

Hogarth's House

Hogarth's House
(photograph from Wikimedia Commons)