Date(s) - 25 June, 2019
This will be a third NTSDA visit to Tyntesfield, the first by committee members only, in 2003 very shortly after it was purchased by the National Trust. It was then in the very early stages of preparation for public opening; the library was being catalogued and ancient cobwebs were everywhere! Our second visit in 2011 found it looking much improved, and now it has a café, visitor centre and everything in its rightful place, so we shall see it in all its former glory.
William Gibbs acquired the estate in 1843 and later used his fortune, made from the sale of imported guano (for fertiliser), to convert a Regency house into a magnificent Victorian Gothic mansion. It contains more than 60,000 items from the Gibbs’ family, each of which tells a story of the family, their workers, and the world in which they lived. Don’t miss the Arts & Crafts chapel, incorporated within the building.
A. 8.30 am: St Edmund’s Church, Lanehouse Rocks Rd St Nicholas’ Church,
B. 8.30 am: Buxton Road
C. 8.40 am: Spa Hotel, Dorchester Road
D. 9.00 am: Dorchester Market Car Park
Cost: Members £24.00 Non-NTSDA members £26.00
ETA back at Dorchester 7 pm
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