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Outings to places of historical and archaeological interest
Summer 2019

The society is organising seven outings during Summer 2019, four on Saturdays, one Sunday, one Tuesday and one Thursday. These are guided historical walks or excursions led by BAS members. Costs vary, and may include a fee for coach travel, entry charges for sites and buildings visited, a guided tour or refreshments. Check the details for each outing.

  • BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL FOR ALL OUTINGS.
    Please download, print and return the Booking Form.
  • Check the Pick-up points for coaches, and the outing details for pick-up times.
  • Outings organiser Sarah Gray is happy to field any queries on 01865 662361 or by email at sarahgray707@btinternet.com

Tuesday 14 May 2019 – maximum 25 people

THE LEASOWES, HALESOWEN AND ENVILLE HALL – with Julian Hunt

outing2019-1 illustration As a follow-up to our outing to Hagley Hall in 2017, we will visit these other two important 18th-century gardens near Stourbridge. A long and energetic day, plenty of walking and some rough ground. Julian will take us round William Shenstone's garden at The Leasowes after coffee and then a rare opportunity for a guided walk with the Archivist in the park landscape at Enville, followed by tea and cake. Bring a picnic lunch to eat on the coach and all-weather clothing and shoes.

  • Coach trip. The cost of the day will be £44.00 to include the coach fare, driver's tip, two guided walks, morning and afternoon coffee/tea and biscuits.
  • Coach will leave Amersham 8.25am, Great Missenden 8.35am, Wendover 8.45am, Bedgrove 8.55am and Aylesbury 9.00am.
  • Expected return times: Aylesbury 6.15pm and Amersham 6.50pm.
  • Julian Hunt welcomes enquiries on 01296 714634.

Please complete and return the Booking Form.


Sunday 9 June 2019

HARMONDSWORTH GREAT BARN AND MARBLE HILL HOUSE, – with Sarah Gray

Harmondsworth Great Barn An eclectic day, first to the 15th-century barn, recently rescued and restored by English Heritage. It is the largest timber-framed building in England, described by John Betjeman as the Cathedral of Middlesex. We have coffee beforehand at the Five Bells public house and visit St Mary's Church. Then on to the 18th-century Palladian villa at Marble Hill (English Heritage) for a guided visit to the house or just to explore the parkland. Built for the remarkable Henrietta Howard, mistress of King George II, the house was intended as an Arcadian retreat from crowded i8th-century London.

  • Coach trip. The cost of the day will be £25.00 to include the coach fare, driver's tip, morning coffee/tea and biscuits and a guided tour of the barn. Entry price to Marble Hill House will vary and the house tour is optional (see booking form).
  • Coach will leave Aylesbury 9.20am, Bedgrove 9.25am, Wendover 9.35am, Great Missenden 9.45am and Amersham 9.55am.
  • Expected return times: Amersham 5.30pm and Aylesbury 6.10pm.

Please complete and return the Booking Form.


Saturday 29 June 2019

WILTSHIRE MUSEUM AT DEVIZES AND AVEBURY – with Sarah Gray

Avebury Prehistoric splendours at the museum, where the director will show us round the new display galleries, then on to the Alexander Keiller Museum at Avebury (National Trust) and to explore the Stone Circle and surrounding Neolithic landscape.

  • Coach tripThe cost of the day will be £27.00 to include the coach fare, driver's tip and guided tour at the Wiltshire Museum. Entry price to the Alexander Keilller Museum at Avebury will vary (see booking form).
  • Coach will leave Aylesbury 8.25am, Bedgrove 8.30am, Wendover 8.40am, Great Missenden 8.50am and Amersham 9.00am.
  • Expected return times: Amersham 5.40pm and Aylesbury 6.15pm.

Please complete and return the Booking Form.


Thursday 11 July 2019 – maximum 30 people

LITTLE MALVERN COURT AND CROOME – with Sarah Gray

Little Malvern Court An early start into Worcestershire, first to Little Malvern Court, a post-Dissolution family home which includes the surviving 15th-century Prior's Hall of the former Benedictine monastery. A private house tour with the owners, coffee and biscuits and free time in ten acres of gardens in the former monastic grounds. In the afternoon on to Croome (National Trust), Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown's masterful first commission. After an introductory talk, we are free to explore the innovative displays in the house and a taste of the park.

  • Coach trip. The cost of the day will be £45.00 to include the coach fare, driver's tip, guided tour of the house at Little Malvern Court, introductory talk at Croome, morning coffee/tea and biscuits. Entry price to Croome (National Trust) will vary (see booking form).
  • Coach will leave Amersham 7.40am, Great Missenden 7.50am, Wendover 8.00am, Bedgrove 8.10am and Aylesbury 8.15am.
  • Expected return times: Aylesbury 6.20pm and Amersham 6.55pm.

Please complete and return the Booking Form.


Saturday 10 August 2019

ROYSTON CAVE AND WREST PARK – with Sarah Gray

West Park First a guided visit to Royston Cave and its carvings, a subterranean mystery: Knights Templar? Augustinian storehouse? Neolithic flint mine? A steepish descent. Then on to Wrest Park (English Heritage) to optional tours of the wallpaper rooms and the superb early 18th-century gardens laid out by London and Wise, later modified by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown in a more informal style.

  • Coach trip. The cost of the day will be £26.00 to include the coach fare, driver's tip and a guided tour of Royston Cave. Entry price to Wrest Park will vary and the wallpaper rooms and garden tours are optional (see booking form7#41;.
  • Coach will leave Aylesbury 9.20am, Bedgrove 9.25am, Wendover 9.35am, Great Missenden 9.45am and Amersham 9.55am.
  • Expected return times: Amersham 5.30pm and Aylesbury 6.10pm.

Please complete and return the Booking Form.


Saturday 24 August 2019

WOUGHTON ON THE GREEN AND WESTBURY – with Julian Hunt

Woughton on trhe Green First to Woughton on the Green, a beautifully-preserved ancient village right in the heart of Milton Keynes. It has the largest village green in north Buckinghamshire. Then we will visit Westbury, a glamorous farmhouse in Shenley Brook End, built for Edward Stafford in 1670.

  • Coach trip. The cost of the day will be £24.00 to include the coach fare, driver's tip, guided walk in Woughton, tour of Westbury Manor, morning and afternoon coffee/tea and biscuits.
  • Coach will leave Amersham 9.20am, Great Missenden 9.30am, Wendover 9.40am, Bedgrove 9.50am and Aylesbury 9.00am.
  • Expected return times: Aylesbury 4.50pm and Amersham 5.25pm.
  • Any enquiries about the outing to Julian on 01296 714634.

Please complete and return the Booking Form.


Saturday 28 September 2019

THE CHURCH CRAWL – with Michael Hardy

Michael Hardy is prepared to divulge that we will visit an area to the North of Bucks this time, more details later.

  • Coach trip. The cost of the day will be £24.00 to include the coach fare, driver's tip and donations to churches.
  • Coach will leave Amersham 8.45am, Great Missenden 8.55am, Wendover 9.05am, Bedgrove 9.15am and Aylesbury 9.20am.
  • Expected return times: Aylesbury 5.30pm and Amersham 6.05pm.

Please complete and return the Booking Form.

COACH PICK-UP:
Locations of picking-up and dropping-off points for coaches:


AYLESBURY: Walton Street opposite the Lending Library, HP20 1TZ
BEDGROVE: On the A413 Wendover Road near its junction with Camborne Avenue, at the bus stop nearer to Aylesbury. HP21 9PB
WENDOVER: By the War Memorial on the High Street. HP22 6DU
GREAT MISSENDEN: Beside the car park on the Link Road. HP16 9AE
OLD AMERSHAM: On the High Street outside Elmodesham House. HP7 0EN

Any enquiries, please contact Sarah Gray on 01865 662361 or by email at sarahgray707@btinternet.com