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05 September 2017Christchurch Mansion & Crowe Hall Gardens

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Christchurch Mansion & Crowe Hall Gardens
Tuesday 05 September 2017

In the morning we visit Christchurch Mansion on the edge of Ipswich town centre, a Grade I listed Tudor brick building housing a collection of pottery, glass and paintings. We will have a guided tour of the house, where the rooms are preserved as past inhabitants would have known them, complete with original items of fine clothing. We will also visit the Wolsey Art Gallery located within the mansion, which is the home of the largest collections of paintings by John Constable and Thomas Gainsborough outside London. The house sits within a 70-acre public park which features many beautiful trees, rolling lawns and ponds. After our visit the coach will drop us off at Ipswich Waterfront, where there are a variety of cafes and restaurants for lunch (not included). Please note that there is no lift in the mansion, so anyone with mobility problems is confined to the ground floor.  However, there is disabled access to the Wolsey Art Gallery.

We will then continue on to Crowe Hall, Stutton, to visit the semi-formal gardens where there has been a notable use of trees. The owner will give us a guided tour of the formal garden and there will also be an opportunity to wander through the Woodland Garden and Arboretum. One of the contributors to part of the garden was designer Tom Stuart-Smith, winner of eight gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show as well as three Best in Show awards. His approach to garden design will be referred to during our July lecture by James Bolton. Another section of the garden was created by Lady Xa Tollemache, who has been designing gardens since 1996, including her own garden at Helminghall Hall in Suffolk.

Cost £34 including coach, entrance fees, morning coffee at Christchurch Mansion, and afternoon tea at Crowe Hall, Stutton. For a booking form please click here.