Thursday 4 October: Berkshire Country Visit


Chilton Lodge, Welford Park and Chieveley House

Andrew Wells leads


Chilton Lodge, Hungerford (Grade II*), was built for John Pearse, MP and Governor of the Bank of England, in 1800 by William Pilkington. Surprisingly, it replaced a house designed by John Soane in 1790, which itself had replaced a sixteenth-century house built for Sir Thomas Hinton MP. Pilkington’s monumental neo-Palladian, two-storey, Bath stone house stands in grounds laid out by Humphry Repton in 1801. The house is currently home to Sarah Scrope, whose great-grandfather, the Hon Sir John Ward, bought the house in 1909.

Welford Park, Newbury, was a hunting lodge of Henry VIII who granted it to Sir Thomas Parry in 1546 and 2018 marks the 400th anniversary of the only time the house has been sold, when Sir Francis Jones (Lord Mayor of London from 1620-21) purchased it from the Parry family in 1618. The house was remodelled circa 1700 by Jones’s daughter Mary and son-in-law John Archer, giving it its present appearance. The interiors include Queen Anne panelling, eighteenth-century chimneypieces and a top-lit, second-floor gallery. Members may recognise Welford as the setting for The Great British Bake Off, which has been filmed there since 2014.

Chieveley House was built or rebuilt in 1716 and comprises a brick, two-storey house with a steep hipped roof. Inside the house is a fine eighteenth-century staircase as well as original panelling. Once owned by Lord Goff of Chieveley, a celebrated Law Lord, it is now the home of Nicholas and Elodie Stanley, for whom Francis Johnson & Partners designed the octagonal Chinese pavilion in the garden.


Includes lunch


***£10 off booking when purchased before 31 July (£90 when booked after this date)***