2020-21 Programme

Online talks start at 7:30 pm. Members will be told how to access these.

All other talks, presentations and meetings are open to visitors and are held in the Cramphorn Theatre, Fairfield Road, starting at 7:45 pm. There is no need to book but there is a nominal charge of £3 for members and £5 for visitors, payable on the night.

All outings leave from outside the theatre. Group members will have received booking terms and instructions with their Newsletter.

Parking for the Cramphorn Theatre is via Coval Lane only. Charges apply.

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Talk on Tudor education
Report by Jackie & Al Arnot


Talk on flint
Report by Al & Jackie Arnot


Talk on Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Report by Jackie & Al Arnot


Colchester’s Roman circus
Report by Jackie & Al Arnot


How Essex helped Edward III
Report by Al & Jackie Arnot


Talk on Chelmsford’s water supply
Report by Keith Otter


Wildlife and Climate Change
Report by Keith Otter


Talk on Copped Hall, its history, renovation and restoration
Report by Keith Otter


Outing to Blickling Hall and Estate
Waiting list


Outing to Boughton Hall
Places avaialable


Outing to Doddington Hall
Date to be confirmed


“Many Queens” outing to London
Date to be confirmed


Annual General Meeting
Date to be confirmed


Group holiday based in Caernarfon
Places available


Outing to Kent & Sussex Railway and Bodiam Castle
Date to be confirmed


Meeting with NT Director-General
Pay on the door


Outing to Blickling Hall and Estate
Waiting list

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A red-brick mansion

Today’s magnificent Jacobean Stately Home was built over the ruins of the Boleyn family property, which is thought to have been the birthplace of Anne Boleyn. The architect was Robert Lyminge, who also designed Hatfield House. The last private owner, Philip Kerr, 11th Marquess of Lothian, passed the Estate to the National Trust in 1940, when it was requisitioned for use by the RAF during WWII. The service men and women were billeted in the grounds in Nissen huts, while the Officers were housed in the Hall itself. The adjacent lake was used to practise dinghy drills. There is a museum on site, built in tribute to the RAF pilots and ground crew. The House and Estate were opened to the public in 1962.

The Hall is a very imposing sight, positioned at the end of a vista between two parallel, very tall, yew hedges. Inside there is a wonderful split staircase with carved balustrades, rising up to a stained-glass window, flanked by pictures and sculptures. The interiors of the many rooms are elegantly and elaborately furnished. Many of the ceilings are lavishly decorated with plaster mouldings, and the walls are hung with pictures and tapestries, with carved wooden panelling in several of the rooms.

The grounds outside feature beautifully laid out gardens, with parterres planted with colourful flowers and topiary. There are terraces from which to view the House and grounds, a very unusual Mausoleum, a walled garden, and the large lake that was mentioned earlier.

Guide price: £20.00

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