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Excursion: Cowley Works Mini Plant

Date: August 16th 2017

Time: 1:15pm-4:15pm

An exclusive guided tour of about 2½ hours and over approx. 2 miles, some outdoors, for a party of 15 only at £14.75 per person. Bookings taken on first come first served basis. If there is more interest above 15 members, others can join a public tour at the same time, of the same scope and duration at £19.00 per head, but if there is great demand, a second group of 15 might be arranged.

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Excursion: Nether Winchendon House and Chenies Manor House

Date: September 19th 2017

Time: 9:00am-6:15pm

Nether Winchendon House is a unique Strawberry Hill Gothick mediaeval Manor House situated in a valley at the foot of the Chilterns. It has passed by family descent for over 450 years and remains a family home to this day. Sir Scrope Bernard, Bart, redesigned the mediaeval and Tudor exterior and clad the original timber-framed house in stone and then encased it in stucco in the Strawberry Hill Gothick style. The Grand Portico on the West Front was also added at this time. Tudor chimneys curl majestically above, next to an elegant cupola. The house is now lived in by Robert and Georgianna Spencer Bernard and their family. One of the family members will give us a private guided tour of the house. Chenies manor house, which forms the core of the present day structure, was built by Sir John Cheyne in approximately 1460. In the centre of the main house, there is an unusual spiral staircase where the handrail has been carved into the brick. The house includes a medieval well, a dungeon and a reputed priest hole. Nickolaus described it as “beautifully mellow under the trees by the church, and archaeologically a fascinating puzzle.”

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Society of Landscape Studies Conference

Date: October 21st 2017

Society of Landscape Studies Conference, co-hosted by OAHS in Oxford. More details to follow.

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Rewley House

The Society's speaker meetings and committee meetings are held in Rewley House, Oxford (marked R).

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There are metered parking spaces on the west and north sides of Wellington Square. More spaces are normally available on the west side of St Giles where it joins Woodstock Road. From here it is only a short walk down Little Clarendon Street and across Wellington Square to Rewley House.

Parking in Wellington Square is charged until 6.30p.m. and costs £3.00 for up to one hour and £5.00 for up to two. Park and Ride buses from Water Eaton, Pear Tree and Redbridge stop at the top of St Giles, a short distance from Rewley House.


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