South East Staffordshire
Association of National Trust Members

TUESDAY 24th April        Car Section                      Coughton Court,  Alcester  B49 5JA 

 The first car trip of 2018 takes us to Coughton Court, situated in the beautiful Warwickshire countryside, Coughton Court is an English Tudor country House & is a grade I listed building. The Coughton estate has been owned by the Throckmorton family since 1409, the Tudor Gatehouse dates back to 1530, built by Sir George Throckmorton who dedicated it to King Henry VIII, Throckmorton being a favourite of the King. The estate passed to his eldest son, Robert on the death of his father in 1552. Robert Throckmorton & his family were practicing Catholics during the period when Catholics were persecuted by law in England, the secret priest chamber is part of the tour,the family has remained Catholic to this day.  The Hall also holds a place in English history for its roles in both the Throckmorton Plot of 1583 to murder Queen Elizabeth I of England & the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, recently depicted on BBC drama “ Elizabeth Ist Secret Service” & “ Gunpowder “. This guided tour of the Hall & the 15th century church has been arranged on a closed day so we shall have exclusive access to Coughton on the day, the cost also includes an afternoon cream tea in the courtyard restaurant.  Coughton also has the added attractions of the walled garden, kitchen garden & beautiful walks along the River Arrow, so if like me you find this often dangerous & turbulent period of English History fascinating & wish to know more? This is definitely for you.  

Location:  Come off the M42 @ junction 3 heading south on to the  A435, head    south & continue until after Studley, Coughton Court will be sign posted   on your left.
Meet:   2.00 pm inside the courtyard Restaurant for tea/coffee prior to start of    our, NB Access to Coughton on closed days is via the exit & not the main   entrance.
Charge:  Members £16.00  non Members £18.00
Organizer:  David Albutt    Tel: 0121 308 8271,  Mobile:  07935518992                                               Email:


WEDNESDAY 23rd May       Car Section   Deene Park, North/Northampton  NN17 3EW
Deene Park, the seat of the Brudenall Family since 1514, is a country Manor House in North/ Northamptonshire situated in an area of historic villages & hamlets, St Peter’s Church Deene in the grounds, has the funeral monuments of the Brudenells.  Seven of the Brudenell family were Earls of Cardigan, the most notable being the 7th Earl who led the Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle  of Balaclava in 1854 on his beloved charger, Ronald. Relics of the Crimean war are displayed in the hall along with period furniture & paintings by Reynolds & Gainsborough. The estate was inherited by the current owner, Robert Brudenell in 2014, he is the son of Edmund & Marian Brudenell, who devoted their lives to the renovation & maintenance of Deene Park & are largely responsible for the estate as it is today. 
Location:  From Lichfield join the A5 heading East , at the first island after     Lutterworth take the first exit on to A4303 continue until joining the A4304   follow this until it joins the A427 ( circumnavigates Corby )until joining A43   (island ) continue on the A43 past two further islands & Deene Park will   be sign posted on your left in approximately 1.5 miles. Alternate Route: From Lichfield - A5-M42 South join the M6 South- join the A14 at    junction19 continue through to junction 7 & take the A43 continue to the   end of the duel carriageway keeping on the A 43 Deene Park will be a    further two miles miles on your left
Meet:   2.00pm   Charge: members  £16.00       non members  £18.00    includes an afternoon cream tea in the Old Kitchen tea room
Organizer:  David Albutt   Tel:    0121 308 8271   Mobile:    07935518992                                                Email :


WEDNESDAY 20th June                Car Section                                         Hagley Hall 
Many of you will have attended our talk last October to hear the 12th Viscount Cobham’s entertaining history of the Lyttleton family, but whether or not you were there I feel sure you will find much that is of interest at Hagley Hall: the home of the Lyttletons since the mid-18th century. The house is Grade 1 listed in the neo-Palladian style. The house contains a fine example of Italian Rococo plasterwork, a unique collection of 18th century Chippendale furniture, & family portraits, including works by Van Dyck, Joshua Reynolds & Peter Lely. The house is surrounded by 350 acres of parkland in the Picturesque style, including several follies, the creation of George, 1st Lord Lyttleton, secretary to Frederick, Prince of Wales. The house was ravaged by fire in 1925 & by the 1970s the estate had fallen into disrepair, but over the past few years the present Viscount has extensively restored both the Hall & the park. The house is rarely open to the public in the summer, & is being opened especially for us providing there are a minimum of 30 in our party, so please book early to secure this trip.
Location:  Either exit M5at junction 3, A456, following signs for Kidderminster. After   4th roundabout descend the steep hill past the traffic light junction with    A491 & turn left almost immediately (car show room on corner). After 200   yards turn left opposite the Lyttleton Arms pub into Hall Lane. The main   gates to the hall are 200 yards on right. Or exit M5 at junction 4, A491,   following signs for Stourbridge. At 2nd roundabout, A456, turn right as    though going back the way you have come but turn left into Park Rd.    Continue over the cross roads by the Lyttleton Arms pub into Hall Lane.   The main gates to the hall are 200 yards on right.
Meet:   in the car park by 1.30pm for a prompt start of our guided tour at 2.00pm..
Charge:  £18.00 for members and £21.00 for non-members,    inclusive of afternoon tea & guidebook .                Organiser: John Sawbridge    telephone 01543 263372 & 07941 423275     Email: 







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