Ditchley Park and Rousham

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Monday 30 June   2014

Early Georgian Design at Ditchley Park
Philippa Barton       

 3.30 pm     
A whole estate thrown into a kind of garden : Rousham and its Landscape Garden
Sarah Bowles

 Meeting Place   
The Brompton Library, 210 Old Brompton Road, London SW5


Tuesday 1 July  2014

Train departs for Charlbury, Oxfordshire

Private visit to Ditchley Park, Oxfordshire

Ditchley Park, acquired by the Lee family in 1583, was rebuilt in the early 1720s by George Henry Lee, 2nd Earl of Lichfield. The fine house exemplifies the changing styles of the early Georgian period – Smith of Warwick, James Gibbs, William Kent and Henry Flitcroft were all involved in its design. The splendid interiors have wonderful stuccowork decoration and fine furnishings.

Lunch at Ditchley Park

Private visit to Rousham House and Gardens

The house and gardens at Rousham remain one of William Kent’s great masterpieces. Employed between 1738 and 1741, Kent remodelled the Jacobean mansion for Lieutenant General  James Dormer in a gothic style with battlements and ogee arches and, within, the Painted Parlour retains Kent’s charming grottesche ceiling, mantlepiece and furniture. The informality of the landscape garden, with its ponds, rills and cascades, its seven-arch Praeneste, statues and eye-catcher on the skyline still surprise and delight the eye.

 Meeting Place,  
Paddington Station




 Meeting Place   
The Brompton Library, 210 Old Brompton Road, London SW5