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09 June 2020HOUGHTON LODGE near Stockbridge
06 September 2020LIVERPOOL

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HOUGHTON LODGE near Stockbridge
Tuesday 09 June 2020

HOUGHTON LODGE near Stockbridge Hampshire is an estate with extensive gardens and grounds, described as 'the jewel of the Test valley’.  The lodge, believed to have been built in 1793 and probably intended to be a fishing lodge,  is one of the finest and earliest surviving examples of a Cottage Ornée (meaning “decorated cottage” - an architectural style that embraces a building and the landscape around it).  The style relates back to the 18th and 19th century Romantic Movement and reflects a more natural style of living.  However, it retains its gothic characteristics with ornate and exaggerated detailing around the windows demonstrating similar features to Horace Walpole’s extravagant Gothic ‘Strawberry Hill House’ located in Twickenham. Some people visit Houghton for its architecture, some for its literary connections and some for its gardens, so there is something for everyone.  It has been the home of the Busk family for more than a century, and we are delighted that the owners will lead the garden and house tours during our visit. 

After the visit we will travel to Winchester for lunch.  After lunch we have arranged to visit Winchester Cathedral but we are doing something different from the usual cathedral tours.  We have arranged to have some smaller specialised tours the titles of which are :  

Art in the Cathedral; Stained Glass; Chantry tour; Pestilence penitence and Putrefaction; From Vision to Reality (Architecture).

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