Thursday 7th June 2018 at 10.30am
Participants find their own way to the Marmaris Café, 144 Well Hall Rd, London SE9 6SN. A detailed programme will be sent to participants.
The programme includes guided tours of Well Hall Pleasaunce Garden, Eltham Palace interiors and Eltham Lodge. Tea and biscuits are included after the tour of Eltham Lodge.
You may bring a picnic or buy lunch
Eltham lies in the Borough of Greenwich in South-East London. It is the home to three important historical sites and we will have a guided tour at each one.
Well Hall Pleasaunce Garden was first opened to the public in 1933. In the 1520s it was the home of William Roper and his wife Margaret, the daughter of Sir Thomas More. They lived in the long-demolished Well Hall. The red-brick Tudor Barn, now a restaurant, dates from Roper’s times, as do the extensive garden walls enclosing attractive formal gardens.
Eltham Palace, now in the care of English Heritage, was a major royal palace in Tudor times and the home for much of his boyhood of Prince Henry, later Henry VIII. The building declined in later times and, after a threat of demolition, was leased in 1933 to Stephen and Virginia Courtauld, who commissioned a lavish new house to incorporate the restored Great Hall. It has one of the most remarkable Art Deco interiors in England. There are 19 acres of gardens with good views, including a Rock Garden with a series of pools and cascades down to the moat.
Eltham Lodge was built in 1664 by Sir John Shaw in a classical style. It is arguably the finest house of its type and period in London, with good original and later interiors, including a very fine staircase. It is now the club house of the Royal Blackheath Golf Club. Tea will be provided.
TICKET DEADLINE IS 25TH MAY, MAXIMUM 25 PEOPLE
Price per person for English Heritage and Art Fund members £28; price per person for non-members of the above £40. The cost per person includes a donation to The Friends. See home page for online booking.
Images, clockwise from top left: Eltham Palace ©Mark Pearce; Well Hall Pleasaunce ©Tudor Barn; Eltham Lodge ©Royal Blackheath Golf Club; interior, Eltham Palace ©English Heritage