The magnificent Elizabethan Hardwick Hall, near Chesterfield in Derbyshire, was begun by Elizabeth, Countess of Shrewsbury (Bess of Hardwick) in the year 1591. Incredibly, 6 years later it was fully decorated and furnished ready for occupation. It is thought that much of the design is due to the architect Robert Smythson. Four great towers at each corner, crowned by parapets incorporating the initials ES, predominate and windows which increase in size as one’s eyes travels skywards were intended to proclaim Elizabeth Shrewsbury’s wealth and position in society. The house opens at 12 noon and restaurant, shop, park and gardens from 9.00 am. On arrival, NT staff will meet and greet us. We will assemble in front of the house for a group photograph before having tea or coffee (free flow) in the restaurant. Guided tours are not available but guide books (cost £5.50) can be obtained at the shop. The licensed restaurant serves (free flow) a selection of hot and cold meals, homemade cakes, snacks and sandwiches. For those who wish to picnic, there are some seats located throughout the extensive park and gardens.
Date & Timings: Saturday 8th August 2015
Depart from Melton Mowbray at 8.45 am. Arrive at Destination at c. 10.30 am.
Depart from Destination at 5.00 pm. Arrive at Melton Mowbray at c. 6.30 pm.
The cost of for non-NT members is £26.00 per person. The cost for up-to-date, card-carrying NT members is £15.00 per person; failure to produce the NT membership card on the day will incur the full cost of admission. The cost includes coach travel, parking, gratuities and access to House and Gardens. Spare places may be offered to non-Society members who will be charged an additional £1 to secure temporary membership.
To reserve a place on the outing please return the completed booking form to the organiser with the full amount payable – cheques made out to Melton Mowbray & District Historical Society – by 25th July. Please enclose a stamp addressed envelope or an e-mail address so that receipt of your reservation may be acknowledged. Payments for reservations cancelled within 2 weeks of the outing may be partially refunded provided entrance tickets have not been purchased.
DEPARTURE AND ARRIVAL WILL BE FROM/AT THE MELTON & DISTRICT INDOOR BOWLS CLUB, LEICESTER ROAD, MELTON MOWBRAY (NEAR B&Q DIY STORE). PLEASE INDICATE ON BOOKING FORM IF YOU REQUIRE PICK UP FROM WILTON ROAD CAR PARK.
Organiser: Peter Raikes. Tel: 01664 567118
The Society can accept no responsibility for accidents, loss of property, etc. of those participating in the Society’s events.