23.06.2020, 08:30 A.M.
This event has been postponed due to the present issues with the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We will issue a new date as soon as we can.
Day visit to two private houses: New Place, Lingfield, Surrey and Chevening House, Kent. Ticket sales will close two weeks before the event
We are delighted to be able to offer the chance to visit two rarely available period houses set in extensive grounds. The first is New Place, Lingfield, Surrey, which is privately owned and not normally open to the public and the other Chevening House, held in trust for use by a senior member of government and the last few years has been used by Boris Johnson, William Hague and Nick Clegg.
New Place, Lingfield, Surrey
New Place is a Grade II-listed Jacobean house dating from 1617 and restored in 1920 by John Hopkins, using Horsham stone ashlar and Horsham slab roofs, restoring the red and blue brick stacks and much more. It is the home of Lord and Lady Lingfield (formerly Sir Robert Balchin) and the tour will be led by Lord Lingfield, commencing at 10am and will end with tea or coffee and biscuits hosted by Lady Lingfield.
We then leave for lunch at the George and Dragon at Chipstead, a gastro pub of some repute. Lunch will be two courses pre-selected, with drinks purchased separately by members.
We are privileged for the trustees of the Chevening House estate to have agreed to our private visit of no more than 25 people to the house which infrequently allows visits.
The house was built between 1615 and 1630 to a design by Inigo Jones. The house and estate was bought by General Stanhope (later Earl Stanhope) who was first minister to George I. Hoping that the King would visit, east and west sides to the house were added. From that time, various members of the Stanhope family inherited and the house went through good and bad times. The 7th Earl was a high profile soldier and politician and just after the death of his wife in 1940 he put the house in trust for the use of senior ministers in government. We will see a house full of history. Afternoon tea will be served in drawing room.
Guideline coaches will be Temple Station (District Line) from 8.30am to arrive at New Place by 10am. The coach will then go to the George and Dragon at Chipstead for 12/12.15pm for a two course pre-selected meal without drinks. From the George and Dragon to Chevening House to arrive at 2/2.15pm and leave to return to London at 4/4.15 arriving back at Temple 5.30/5.45pm.
For further information, please contact the event organiser:
John Barber - firstname.lastname@example.org (07956 609777)
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