Date(s) - 9 June, 2015
Day visit to Strawberry Hill House & Garden, Twickenham, London
Strawberry Hill House began life in 1698 as a modest house called ‘Chopp’d Straw Hall’. In the 18thC it was purchased by Horace Walpole, son of our first Prime Minister, Robert. Horace was a politician, writer, printer and above all a collector, although his extensive collection was dispersed in a great sale in 1842. However some pieces have been returned, and some reproductions commissioned. Please see photograph on page 24.
After purchasing the house, Walpole set about transforming it into a fairy-tale Gothic castle, using materials and ideas from many sources, such as palaces and churches. It is a real feast of Gothic ornamentation, culminating in the beautifully restored crimson, white and gold-leaf Gallery. The restoration by the Strawberry Hill Trust has taken many years, and elements of the original old house have been left so that visitors can see its construction.
There is a Dorset connection too – naturally Walpole was close to the centres of power, taste and learning, and his cousin, Anne Seymour Damer was married to Lord Milton’s eldest son, John Damer. She was a sculptress and artist, unusual for a woman at that time, and Walpole had several of her sculptures, and left Strawberry Hill to her for her lifetime after his death.
There is a cafe there serving light lunches, etc.
Please remember your NT membership card as the property is a ‘partner’ of the NT, so the cost is based on half-price entry.
BOOKING ESSENTIAL – For booking or enquiries please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost: Members £33.00 Non-NTSDA members £35.00
Departure places and times:
A: 8.00 am St Edmund’s Church, Lanehouse Rocks Road
B: 8.00 am St. Nicholas’ Church, Buxton Road
C: 8.10 am Spa Hotel, Dorchester Road
D: 8.30 am Dorchester Market car park
ETA back at Dorchester approx. 7.30 pm
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