£50.00 11am - 3pm (inc. lunch) This half-day tour will provide members with a special opportunity to visit an important Palladian revival house that is rarely open to the public. Built c.1710-1725
11am – 3pm (inc. lunch)
This half-day tour will provide members with a special opportunity to visit an important Palladian revival house that is rarely open to the public. Built c.1710-1725 by William Benson, with possible assistance from Colen Campbell, Wilbury’s plan is based on Palladio’s Villa Pojana, with the south elevation inspired by John Webb’s Amesbury Abbey. Extended c.1760, the inside is an outstanding example of an early eighteenth-century interior, improved in the 1730s and with minor alterations in the 1770s. Bought by Henry Hoare in 1734 and then by Fulke Greville in 1742, the house was painstakingly restored by Miranda Countess of Iveagh at the start of this century and on her death passed to her son Rory Guinness and his wife Mira. We will be joined on the tour by Peregrine Bryant, Georgian Group Vice-Chairman and Director of Peregrine Bryant Architects, who was involved in the restoration work. Members will have the opportunity to see both the house and the grounds.
The visit will commence at 11am and finish about 3pm. A simple lunch will be provided.
Members to make their own transport arrangements
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(Wednesday) 11:00 am - 3:00 pm