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Day Trip to Trafalgar Park
Saturday 25 July 2009
Dress: Country Suit / Blazer & Tie

This will be a stunning day out! The trip will include private visits to two very different houses. We shall drive by coach from London first to the Cathedral Close in Salisbury, where we shall be shown round the home of the late the Rt Hon Sir Edward Heath, K.G. This beautiful Georgian house contains 'Ted's' unique collection of political and Prime Ministerial memorabilia, and has extensive gardens sweeping down to the River Avon.

A 5-minute drive away is Trafalgar Park, a magnificent Palladian house built by the nation and presented to the first Earl Nelson, as a tribute to his brother's victory at Trafalgar. This great house had become derelict until it was rescued some 15 years ago by Mr Michael Wade, whose country home it is and who has since restored much of it, thus saving this important part of the nation's heritage. The greater part of the house - the central portion and one wing - have already been restored (this wing was formally opened by the Master and 'Ted' in 2003); work on the other wing has still to be completed.

There are very fine, restored gardens stretching down to the river Avon. Depending on the weather, Mr. Wade has kindly agreed to host us to lunch either in the one of the state rooms or on the terrace. He will give a talk on the illustrious history of the house and then show us around both the restored and unrestored sections. There will the opportunity to wander round the gardens too.

The house is never open for visits like this, and we are very grateful to Mr Wade.

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