Cambridge Antiquarian Society Excursions 2016

Wednesday 30 March: Hide and Seek: Looking for Children in the Past
This is an opportunity for members to enjoy a private view of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology’s fascinating and important new exhibition on the history and archaeology of childhood in East Anglia and beyond since prehistoric times, with the added bonus of a gallery talk from one of the Museum staff.
For further information, see http://www.hideandseekexhibition.org.uk/
Meet
: at the main entrance to the Museum, Downing Street, at 5.30 p.m.
Cost: £4.00 per head
Booking deadline: Saturday 26 March
Please note that this visit is restricted to a maximum group size of 30 people

Wednesday 18 May: A Walk round Clavering
Clavering is an attractive but large and rather dispersed village in NW Essex, and making sense of its layout and buildings is not easy for the casual visitor. But all will be explained on this walk, under the expert guidance of Mrs Jacky Cooper, who will be known to many members as the author of The Well-Ordered Town (2000), a social history of Victorian Saffron Walden and several compilations of history walks in the villages and countryside of NW Essex. She also set up the highly-regarded ‘Uttlesford Recorders’ scheme to collect archaeological and historical information from the parishes of that District. The walk will last about 90 minutes and will be relatively easy; there will be an optional extension to the site of Clavering castle, which is a little more physically challenging. The visit will conclude with tea at the Fox and Hounds public house.
Meet at the Fox and Hounds car park, High St, Clavering (CB11 4QR, OS map ref. TL476319) at 2.30 p.m. Unfortunately, Clavering is virtually inaccessible by public transport, having only two buses a day
Cost: £6.00 per head (to include tea)
Booking deadline: Wednesday 11 May
Please note that this tour is restricted to a maximum group size of 20 people

Wednesday 15 June: Linton and Hildersham
A visit to two churches, St Mary’s Linton and Holy Trinity Hildersham. At Linton, we shall be met by the Ven Alan Clarkson, who will talk about the history and architecture of the church and its relationship to the village. Hopefully there will be time to take a short walk to the nearby Grade II-listed URC (formerly Congregational) church, with its interesting table tombs, to ensure an ecumenical flavour to the day. We will then repair to Hildersham, where Andrew Westwood-Bate will tell us about the history and archaeology of the church, and particularly its stunning Victorian chancel decorations (Clayton & Bell, 1889-90). Additionally every window has stained glass, there is a 12c font and 15c wooden ladder, and four memorial brasses to the Paris family. There are other memorials to the Paris family in Linton Church; and also in the churchyard a Glastonbury thorn.
Tea will be provided at Hildersham.
Meet at St Mary’s church, Linton at 2.45 p.m. Please note that there is very limited parking in the vicinity of the church: there is a public car park off Coles Lane, opposite the village hall (at the start of the one-way system) and also on-street parking in the High Street. At Hildersham there is some parking outside the church, and more at the village hall (about 5 minutes’ walk from the church, on the other side of the river).
Linton is accessible by bus: Stagecoach service 13. The 13.55 from Drummer Street arrives there at 14.34. To reach Hildersham we shall need to rely on those members travelling by car to provide seats for bus users: please indicate on the booking form if you can do so. There are return buses to Cambridge at 17.07, 17.37 and 18.02 but please note that catching these involves a walk of about half-a-mile and then crossing the A1307, which is very busy from the late afternoon onwards.
Cost: £6.00 per head (to include tea)
Booking deadline: Wednesday 8 June

Wednesday 6 July: Girton College
It is some years since we had a College tour, so this will be a welcome opportunity to visit one of the jewels in the crown of Victorian Cambridge. Founded by Emily Davies in Hitchin in 1869, it moved to its present site in 1873 and the earliest buildings, by Alfred Waterhouse (the ‘Castle Adamant’ of Gilberts & Sullivan’s Princess Ida), still form the core of the College.
We shall be met by Ms Hannah Westall, the College’s Archivist and Curator, who will outline the College’s history, before taking us on a tour which will include the Lawrence Room museum, some of the art collections and some of the public rooms, such as the Hall and Chapel. The visit will end with tea, coffee, cakes and pastries.
Meet at the Porter’s Lodge. There should be parking available in the College car park (entered from Girton Road, not Huntingdon Road).
By bus, catch either the 13.50 Citi 5 or 13.55 Citi 6 from Emmanuel Street Stop E4 (There is a later Citi 5 at 14.10, but this would be cutting it fine!)
Cost: £5.50 per head (to include tea).
Booking deadline: Wednesday 29 June
Please note that this tour is restricted to a maximum group size of 30 people.

Thursday 15 September: Hylands House and Ingatestone Hall
This is an opportunity to visit two very contrasting houses in the Chelmsford area.
Hylands House was built in 1726 for a local lawyer, Sir John Comyns and enlarged and updated between 1800 and 1815; at the same time the park was remodeled by Humphrey Repton. A succession of 19c owners (mainly brewers and politicians) made further piecemeal additions. Threatened with demolition in the early 1980s, it was rescued by Chelmsford Borough Council and cosmetically restored externally in 1986-87 and then thoroughly (inside and out) 1994-2005 to bring it back to its early Victorian splendour.
On arrival at Hylands, coffee will be served before we have a guided tour of the house. There will be opportunity to explore the gardens afterwards. For lunch you may either bring a picnic or use the Courtyard Café, which offers a variety of snacks.
Ingatestone Hall is a complete contrast. A manor of Barking Nunnery, it was acquired by William Petre (an associate of Thomas Cromwell) in 1539 and has remained in the hands of the family ever since. Staunchly Roman Catholic, the Petres nonetheless played an important role in Essex life, although their main residence by the 19c was at Thorndon Hall and Ingatestone was converted to rented accommodation. The 11th Lord Petre, incidentally, forced the Eastern Counties Railway to pay an exorbitant sum to build its line over the estate (it can be seen in the distance from the house); the guilt-ridden 12th Lord paid most of it back to the company!
The house was extensively renovated in the 1930s, but retains many of its original Tudor features inside and out, most notably the Long Gallery which, to continue the Gilbertian theme, could well double as the set for Ruddigore (thus explaining the 12th Lord’s contrition?).
We shall have a guided tour of the house, followed by tea and biscuits before departure.
Meet: Trumpington Park & Ride, 09.30 (arriving back by 19.00)
Cost: £26 per head, to include refreshments at both houses
Booking deadine: Monday 5 September

CAS EXCURSIONS PROGRAMME 2016

BOOKING FORM

To: Mr A Kirby, 3 Hills View, Great Shelford, Cambridge CB22 5AY

Please complete this form in BLOCK CAPITALS

Name …………………………………………………………………………………………..

Address …………………………………………………………………………………………..

………………………………………………………………………………………….

…………………………………………. (Post Code) ………………………

Telephone …………………………………………..

E-mail ……………………………………………

Please reserve me/us a place/places on the following Excursions

Places Amount (£)

‘Hide and Seek’, 30 March @ £4.00 ……….. …………..

Clavering, 18 May @ £6.00 ……….. …………..

Linton and Hildersham, 15 June @ £6.00 ………… ……………

If you can offer a lift from Linton to Hildersham, please indicate ……………

Girton College, 6 July @ £5.50 ……….. …………….

Hylands and Ingatestone, 15 September @ £26.00 …………. ……………..

TOTAL …………….

Cheques should be crossed and made payable to ‘Cambridge Antiquarian Society’.
If you wish to stagger your bookings, please photocopy the form and return it by the appropriate deadline: but note that numbers are limited on three of the Excursions and no guarantee can be given that places will still be available for late-comers
Please note that tickets will not be issued. If you wish to receive confirmation of your booking, please enclose an SAE with your booking form. If you would like confirmation by e-mail, please tick here………..

The Society reserves the right to cancel any Excursion in the event of an insufficient number of bookings.

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