Visit Schedule 2018

Booking begins two months prior to visits. Tickets are non-refundable.
All coach departures will be from the Sylvia Beaufoy Car Park, Station Road, Petworth GU28 0HX.
Please contact the Visits Secretary for further details:
email: highamp_s@btinternet.com phone: 01798 812518


The Grand Temple, Freemasons' Hall, London
Photo: Colin

Thursday 17th  May - DAY VISIT

FREEMASONS HALL, GREAT QUEEN STREET, LONDON

The Grade II* Listed Hall contains the headquarters of United Grand Lodge of England, the Grand Temple, the Library, and the Museum. It was completed in 1933 in the art deco style as a memorial to World War I Freemasons who died in active service.

 

William Hogarth, Chairing the Member, from The Humours of an Election series, 1755, Sir John Soane's Museum

SIR JOHN SOANE’S MUSEUM,
LINCOLN’S INN FIELDS, LONDON

The subject of our May Lecture, this former home of the neo-classical architect John Soane holds many drawings and models of his projects together with his collections of paintings, drawings and antiquities. The visit includes a private viewing of Robert Adam's plans of Osterley House and its furniture.


Osterley House, Osterley Park, Middlesex.
Photo by Maxwell Hamilton

Thursday 7th June - Day Visit

OSTERLEY HOUSE AND PARK, ISLEWORTH

Originally a Tudor house, it was acquired by wealthy banker Sir Francis Child in 1713. Sir John Soane and Robert Adam were engaged to remodel and transform Osterley House.  Its interior is one of the finest still in existence, full of delicate decorations, friezes and furniture designed by Adam specifically for each setting.


Royal Air Force Bomber Command Memorial, Green Park, London.
Photo by Tim Rademacher

Wednesday 4th July - Day Visit

PHILIP JACKSON'S SCULPTURE STUDIO & GARDEN,
COCKING, WEST SUSSEX

Philip Jackson is Royal Sculptor to the Queen and his public commissions include the Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park, and St Richard in Chichester Cathedral. The visit is to include his studio, a talk by him, and the spectacular gardens that he has created with his wife Jean. The gardens contain many of his fine sculptures.


Whitchurch Silk Mill, Hampshire, Photo: Simon Burchell

Wednesday  l2th  September - Day Visit

WHITCHURCH  SILK  MILL,
WHITCHURCH, HAMPSHIRE

The tour includes the Victorian winding and warping machinery, looms, water wheel and beautiful gardens on banks of the River Test. A shop sells scarves and ties, made from the Mill’s exclusive silks, and other irresistible gifts.

 

 

Thomas Heatherwick, glasshouses for the Bombay Sapphire distillery. Photo: Andrewrabbott

BOMBAY SAPPHIRE DISTILLERY,
WHITCHURCH, HAMPSHIRE

Also on the River Test is the Distillery at Laverstoke Mill, with the ten exotic gin botanicals in the Glasshouses and Botanical Dry Room as well as the Dakin Still House. The visit culminates in the Mill Bar with a complimentary personal-taste-profile drink.