Visit to Upton House & Gardens (NT)

Image credit: Colin Park [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Geograph.org

In 1927, Upton House became the country home of Walter Samuel, 2nd Lord Bearsted, a retreat from his busy life in London as Chairman of Shell and his other business and philanthropic interests. Upton, in the idyllic Warwickshire countryside, was a splendid setting for his growing art collection, considered to be one of the finest in private hands in Britain.

In 1939, the Bearsteds moved out and their family-owned bank moved in. Driven by the need to protect bank staff and assets from the London air raids, M. Samuel & Co., moved in lock, stock and barrel for the duration of the Second World War. This formed the basis of an exhibition during 2016.

For 2017, visitors will be able to turn the clock back to the day that the Bearsteds bought Upton, and you will be invited to walk in their shoes and enter the house for a viewing with the land agent.

You will be able to discover the treasures collected by Lord Bearsted over his lifetime. From rare porcelain to paintings by a wide variety of famous artists, or take the “Banker’s Garden Ramble”. So called because Barney Alder, M. Samuel and Co’s Assistant Chief Accountant, and 21 other bank staff made Upton their home during WW2. Follow the directions round the perimeter of the garden, see the open air swimming pool that staff built and discover how these ordinary people enjoyed the beautiful gardens after a hard day’s work at the bank.

Special Offer – Upton Hall is offering Tea/Coffee on arrival, Luncheon and a Private Group Tour of the House at a cost of £20.00 per person. This is an additional charge and is open to both NT and Non NT Members. See booking form.

Date & Timings:  Saturday 8th July 2017
Depart from Melton Mowbray at 8.30 am.  Arrive at Destination at c. 10.30 am.
Depart from Destination at 4.30 pm.  Arrive at Melton Mowbray at c. 7.00 pm.

The cost for non-NT members is £28.00 per person. The cost for up-to-date, card-carrying NT members is £18.00 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 membership.

DLBOOKING-butTo 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 Societyby 17th June. 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.

*NB. This year non-members and other Groups will be offered the opportunity to join us at the start of bookings being taken, so you are advised to book early! This is to encourage new members to join the Society and in order to keep costs to a minimum and avoid making a loss when arranging the Summer Outings.

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: Vaughan GregoryTel: 01664 569922

The Society can accept no responsibility for accidents, loss of property, etc. of those participating in the Society’s events.

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