Surrey Country Visit
Wed 28 June (all day), £70 (incl lunch)
Andrew Wells leads
Squerryes Court: was built 1681–5 for Sir Nicholas Crisp, 2nd Bt, and bought 1700 by the Earls of Jersey who sold it 1731 to John Warde. His descendant Henry Warde now lives there with his family. An archetypal late C17 Grade I red-brick manor house, hardly altered externally. The house nestles half-way down a slope on the greensand ridge, providing good growing conditions for abundant azaleas and rhododendrons. William III visited in 1701 and part of thegarden has been restored in the Anglo-Dutch style using early C18 plans. The Squerryes vineyard has recently won top national awards for its sparkling wine. Titsey Place: Sir John Gresham (Lord Mayor,uncle of Sir Thomas Gresham, Founder of the Royal Exchange and Chancellor to Elizabeth I) bought Titsey in 1534. Sir John, 6th Bt made a propitious marriage, and in the 1770s rebuilt the house. In 1831–2 the Georgian house was roughcast and some Gothic elements.