Thursday, 18 October 2018 10.30am - 4pm
This visit starts at Great Chalfield Manor, described by Pevsner as "one of the most perfect examples of the late medieval English manor house" with a tour by Robert Floyd.
Built in c.1467-88 for Thomas Tropnell. The gardens, orchards and water features were designed on Arts and Crafts principles by Alfred Parsons to complement the sensitive Edwardian restoration of the manor in 1905-12 for Robert Fuller (Robert Floyd’s Grandfather) by Sir Harold Brakspear. It houses a collection of 17th-century Flemish tapestries as well as a collection of oak furniture including a splendid Edwardian bath disguised in oak.
After lunch at Great Chalfield we travel to nearby Corsham Court for 2pm with a tour of four State Rooms with Lord Methuen. Many of the rooms were the result of close co-operation between Mr Paul Methuen (1723-1795), ‘Capability’ Brown and Robert Adam, and include Adam mirrors and tables, the Cobb commode, and pieces by both Thomas Chippendale and Thomas Johnson as well as later Regency pieces including a pair of long, leather-covered seats designed by John Nash for his great octagonal Saloon.
Cost: £60 including lunch
Limit: 12 members
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