Kelmarsh Hall

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Private Tour of Kelmarsh Hall Wednesday 18th February 2015.

Kelmarsh Hall was built for the Hanbury family in the 1730s by virtuoso architect, James Gibbs and builder, Francis Smith of Warwick.  It was praised by historian Nikolaus Pevsner as, “a perfect, extremely reticent design, done in an impeccable taste.”

One other arbiter of fashion to leave her mark on the Hall was society decorator Nancy Lancaster.  Drawn by the house’s fine bone structure, her taste for combining comfort with formality set the trend for the Twentieth Century’s Country House look. Her spirit still pervades the house today in the delicate terracotta colouring of the Great Hall, the exuberant Chinese wallpaper and seasonal flower arrangements.

On arrival we will be served coffee/tea and biscuits followed by the guided tours of the Hall.  After the tours we will have a lunch of quiche, salad and new potatoes.

On the journey home we will stop at the Langtons Greenhouse and Garden Centre where you can also visit the farm shop, gift shop and the cafe.

The cost (including lunch) will be a total of £35 LALG member, £37 non-members.  

The coach will leave Baldock outside Templars Restaurant (formerly Zeus) at 9 am and Letchworth opposite Barclays bank at 9.15 am. 

To book, please ring Maureen Strutt on 01767 318117 or 07971 172430.

All cheques to be made out to History 3.

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