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VISIT TO DITCHLEY PARK

MONDAY, 23 AUGUST, 2021

 

Dear Members & Friends

 

The tour of Ditchley Park near Charlbury, originally planned for 5 July, will now begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, 23 August, if Covid rules permit.

 

The house has many royal, political and American connections, and dates back to Sir Henry Lee, the first owner and courtier to Elizabeth I. Remodelling has included work by William Kent and Capability Brown.

 

https://www.ditchley.com/ditchley-park

 

And from Wikipedia:

 

The 2nd Earl of Lichfield built the present house, designed by James Gibbs, in 1722. In 1933, the house was bought by an MP, Ronald Tree, whose wife Nancy Lancaster redecorated it in partnership with Sibyl Colefax. During the Second World War, they allowed their friend, Prime Minister Winston Churchill, to use the house as his country retreat, as it was hard to spot from the air. Later, Tree sold the house and estate to the 7th Earl of Wilton, who owned it briefly before selling in 1953 to Sir David Wills of the tobacco family, who set up the Ditchley Foundation, for the promotion of international relations.

 

Please make your own way to Ditchley: there is plenty of parking. Directions and a map will be provided.

 

The tour will last one and a half hours, including some time in the garden. There are a few steps to the main entrance, two flights of stairs to the upper floor and one to the lavatories. Masks may be required inside the house, and one metre distancing. Sanitiser will be available.

 

The cost is £22.50 per person. This includes a guided tour of the house and coffee and biscuits afterwards. Please make a bank transfer by Monday, 9 August, to:

The Woodstock Society

Barclays Bank

Sort Code 20-98-48

Account 50968927,

with your surname as a reference, and send me an e-mail - sallyc500[at]gmail.com - with your details (or to ask about paying by cheque). By then we will know if the tour can go ahead. If it can't, I shall organise full refunds and the return of cheques.

 

Sally Chorley

Outings Secretary

 

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