All day coach excursion, Wednesday 13th September, Little Stanmore Church and Chandos Mausoleum, and Strawberry Hill House
This is a tour of two major sites associated with cultured society of 18th century London. The main visit is to Horace Walpole’s Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham (http:www.strawberryhillhouse.ord.uk), the extraordinary gothic home of this famous literary and artistic observer of Georgian England. On route we will visit the contrasting Little Stanmore church, Edgeware, with its stunning baroque decoration; the church in which Handel’s Chandos Anthems were first performed. His patron the Duke of Chandos’ great house, Canons Park, stood close by but is long demolished. His mausoleum adjacent to the church survives and is being opened specially for our visit. At both there will be guided tours.
Please bring a picnic lunch to eat in the park at Strawberry Hill House. Refreshments before our tour will be provided but the café is small and this is the day the house is generally open to the public.
This is a joint excursion with Cambridgeshire Association for Local History. Cost is £35.00. Please book by Monday 28th August. Early booking strongly recommended
We will leave Huntingdon Bus Station at 9:00am and depart Twickenham at 4:30pm returning to Huntingdon at approx. 7:00pm. Other pick up points (indicate clearly on the booking form): Somersham (Dews) 8:25am, St Ives (Houghton Road) 8:40am, Hartford (Longstaff Way) 8:45am, Godmanchester (opposite Old Mill car park) 9:10am, Cambridge (Trumpington Park and Ride) 9:30am