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Several times a year members have the chance to visit historic buildings that are not generally open to the public. These buildings are normally in Somerset but, sometimes, we "venture" into neighbouring counties and usually include talks about the history of the property. An autumn visit generally coincides with the Trust's Annual General Meeting, to which all members are welcome. Normally a small charge is made to cover entrance fees, refreshments etc. In addition members receive regular newsletters keeping them up to date with the Charity's projects.
Barford Park, Somerset, Arpil 2017
At Barford House we saw what had been acheived when a small country house is sold to new owners who have then developed the legacy handed down by the previous occupants and created a comfortable and imaginative family home surrounded by delightful gardens. The Georgian Country House, which dates back to 1710, was among the prize winners in the William Stansell Awards last year, following the repair and conservation project.
Barley Wood, Wrington, July 2017
At Wrington we had the added pleasure of an informative illustrated talk on the life of Hannah More before touring the house and gardens and finishing with a tea provided by the YMCA trainees based at the Beach Hotel, Minehead. The 18th centruy property, which has recently undergone substantial repairs by the YMCA and can now be hired as a beautiful wedding venue, was the home of Hannah More, (1745-1833) the writer, philanthropist and social reformer. Our special guest was Dr. Kerri Andrews, Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Edge Hill University, who is a world leading expert on Hannah More. She has published widely on women's writing and eighteenth-century literature, and is leading a project to publish Hanah More's surviving letters.
Croydon House Farm, September 2017
In early September a small group enjoyed the pictureque surroundings of grade II* Croydon House Farm at Timberscome. This is probably the earliest brick building in West Somerset and it has been meticulously repaired and sympathetically extended, over a period of ten years, by one of our Trustees. Members were given a tour of the impressively conserved interior and some of the 15 traditional farm outbuildings, one of which gained an SBPT William Stansell Award in 2004.
All super visits, and all ended with a delicious cream tea! We hope you will join us on one soon.
The Merchant's House, Shepton Mallet
A glorious visit was to a magnificent Georgian House which was a William Stansell/SBPT Building Award winning house in Shepton Mallet - a Merchant's House restored by and now lived in by John Maine and his wife: we have also enjoyed a behind the scenes visit to Hestercombe Gardens, in 2015 members have had access to the old farmhouse at the Hauser and Wirth gallery in Bruton, enjoyed a hard hat tour of the Rural Life Museum, lunch at Ston Easton Park and a private visit to the Court House at Wookey.
Mill and Barn at Hestercombe Gardens near Taunton
- now open to the public along with the beautiful grounds and gardens.
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