Malcolm Airs, OBE.
OAHS Vice-President and former President Malcolm Airs was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours recently for his services to the historic environment, conservation and education. All those who know him or have heard him speak will surely feel it was well deserved.
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Little Malvern Court, Malvern
After an early start, this morning we visit a home nestling at the foot of the wooded slopes of the Malvern Hills, with far-reaching views across the Severn Valley to the Cotswolds. Little Malvern Court includes the Prior’s Hall, with its oak framed roof, which was part of a former Benedictine Monastery, dating back to the 1400s. After the dissolution of the monasteries, Little Malvern Court became a family home and still today remains in the same family by descent. The Hall hosts a collection of religious vestments and relics, embroideries and paintings.
Ten acres of former monastic grounds surround the Court with a Rose Garden, terraces and garden rooms, reaching down to the lakes, which had been ancient fish ponds excavated by the monks. Blossom, old fashioned roses and the topiary yew hedge bordering the garden are some of the highlights.
A private tour of the court has been arranged with the owners and tea and cakes, included in the entry fee, will be provided at the end of the tour.
Croome, Worcester (NT)
In the afternoon we visit Croome, one of the grandest of English landscapes, 'Capability' Brown's masterful first commission, with commanding views over the Malverns. The parkland was nearly lost, but is now great for walks, but as a full day could be spent admiring the eye catchers, lakes and walled gardens, the day has been tailored around the buildings. There is a 1/4 - 1/2 mile walk to the Court, via the Church, on even ground.
We will start with a 'hard hat' tour (and introduction to the Court) of the service wing, dubbed the 'Red Wing', because it was made of red brick. It was designed and built by 'Capability' Brown as part of the development of Croome Court for the 6th Earl of Coventry in the 1750s and housed some of the servant’s quarters, the kitchen and offices. In a poor state, it is now being lovingly restored. Following the tour, you are free to explore the Court, once home to the Earls of Coventry, with four floors, all in a remarkable unfurnished state.
A secret wartime airbase, now a visitor centre and cafe, was once a hub of activity for thousands of people, and is available all day for you to purchase your own refreshments after the tour but there is also a Tea Room in the house.
Thursday 18th July
Entry Fee NT Members: £36.00 pp
Entry Fee Non-NT: £47.00
Pick up: St Giles 8.00am, Water Eaton P&R 8.15 am
Return: Water Eaton P&R 6.00 pm, St Giles 6.15 pm
Book by 27-06-2019
Maximum Numbers: 30
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