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02 October 2019Wimpole Hall & Fitzwilliam Museum

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Wimpole Hall & Fitzwilliam Museum
Wednesday 02 October 2019

Wimpole Hall has a rich history of many different owners, all putting their mark on the architecture and interior design of the building.  It is a complex house with a spectacular architectural pedigree.  The original building (1640-70) was almost certainly designed by its owner, Sir Thomas Chicheley.  It was extended in 1713-21 by James Gibbs and decorated by Sir James Thornhill.  In the mid-18th century, Philip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke, commissioned Henry Flitcroft to re-face the central block and to make various internal alterations.

We will start with coffee in the cafe at 10.00am followed by a private guided tour of the hall and grounds.

After our tour lunch is available in The Old Rectory Restaurant with a terrace overlooking the garden.

Following lunch we head off for The Fitzwilliam Museum to see the Lennox-Boyd collection showcasing rare and exquisitely decorated fans from the collection of the Hon. Christopher Lennox Boyd.  The display reveals the techniques behind the making, investigation and conservation of fans.

Click here for a short video of what you can expect to see.

Afternoon tea is available in the Courtyard cafe.

Cost:  £15 for national trust members;  £30 for non members.  

N.B. The cost includes coach travel but does not include the cost of refreshments.

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