South East Staffordshire
Association of National Trust Members




 WEDNESDAY 18th July    Car Event       Sezincote House & Garden

The house, built 1805-07 on the edge of the Cotswolds, sits at the end of a long drive
flanked by mighty oaks. It was the whim of Colonel John Cockerell, grandson of Samuel
Pepys, who had amassed a fortune in the East India Company, and was designed &
built by his brother Samuel in the Mogul style of Rajasthan, complete with minarets,
peacock-tail windows, jali-work railings & pavilions. When the Prince Regent visited,
shortly after completion, he was so dazzled that he changed his plans for the Royal
Pavilion in Brighton. In contrast to the exterior, the interior is purely classical: Greek
Revival. The south front, complete with curving orangery, unfurls above a Humphrey
Repton landscape that has remained unchanged since the mid-19th century. The garden
is blessed by a series of spring-fed pools, connected by gurgling water, and contains
ornaments evocative of Mogul paradise gardens, including a temple, a pavilion & a
snake-coiled column.
Our visit consists of a guided tour of the house & full access to the gardens.
Location: Sezincote Estate, near Moreton-in-the-Marsh, Gloucs, GL56 9AW.
From Moreton-in-the-Marsh the house is within 15 minutes’ drive. Take
A44 westbound for 1.6 miles, turn left into the drive & continue straight on
into Icehouse Lane. Take 2 right turns & the house, with its onion dome
appears on your left.
Meet: 1.45pm for a prompt start of our guided tour at 2.00pm.
Charge: for admission to house & gardens £12.50 for members and £15.50 for
non-members. Refreshments after the visit are available at your own
expense at the Batsford Arboretum café, which is opposite the entrance
to Sezincote on the A44.

Organiser John Sawbridge Tel: 01543 263372 Mobile:07941 423275
Email: jsawbridge13@gmail.com
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WEDNESDAY 26th September Car section Halston Hall Estate, Shropshire

Our last car event of the year takes us to Halston
Hall, set in beautiful open Shropshire countryside,
Halstons recorded history goes back to before the
Norman Conquest, then one of the great estates held
by the powerful Knights of St John, a brotherhood
founded to protect pilgrims travelling to the Holy
Land. The Hall has its own private Chapel in the
grounds which dates back to the late 15th century &
is one of only two timber framed churches in
Shropshire, this is also included in the tour.
The influential Mytton family, whose lands included
132,000 acres in North Wales & Shropshire, moved to Halston in 1549, & lived here
until John Mytton died nearly 300 years later.
John”Mad Jack”Mytton was born into a family of Shropshire squires in1796, his
father, also named John, died at the age of 30, when Jack was only two years old, and
inherited the family seat plus an annual income of £10.000.Mad Jack as he was referred
to became a legend in his own lifetime, he indulged all his appetites to the full, a keen
horseman, he had his own pack of hounds at the age of ten, heavy drinker & gambler,
Mytton often drank eight bottles of port a day with a helping of brandy. Over the course
of fifteen years he spent his entire inheritance & fell into deep debt & died in Southwark
Debtors Prison aged 37yrs.Mad Jack may have lost all his money but not his friends,
three thousand people attended his funeral. He is buried in the Chapel at Halston.
This is just a potted history of the man’s life, but there is so much more to tell, which no
doubt we shall learn on the day.
Halston Hall is not open to the public & places are limited to 30 people, anybody wishing
to go are advised to book early.

Location from Lichfield: A5 heading east, join the M54@ Telford & continue, re-joining
the A5,turn right @ Queen’s Head & immediately 1st
left onto the B5009 into
Whittington, turn right on the A495 (Whittington-Ellesmere Road) take your 1st right
which leads to Halston Hall.

Meet : 2.30pm Halston Hall
Charge : Members £20.00 non Members £22.00
(This includes a full English afternoon Tea)
Organiser: David Albutt Tel 0121 308 8271 Mob 07935518992
e-mail : thealbuttsoakdene@gmail.com
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