Tuesday 17th October 2017: Visit to Breamore House,
Thirty eight members travelled to Breamore House near Fordingbridge. As we arrived early the café opened and in spite of a large group descending all at once, they accommodated us very well. The house tour was not due until 2pm, so some members visited the nearby Saxon chapel which was beautifully decorated for the Harvest Festival, and others went to the Countryside Museum either before or after the tour.
The Elizabethan manor was built in 1583 for the Dodington family, and in the 18th century was purchased by Sir Edward Hulse, who was physician to Queen Anne, and both George the First and Second. The same family still live there. The guide was excellent – among the many items she pointed out was a wall carpet dated 1614, still in perfect condition!
An interesting and informative visit enjoyed by all.
Meg Rolfe, Organiser.