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We are delighted to invite you to meet staff and volunteers from The Trust at one or more of our Historic church tours.
We are delighted to announce a collaboration between Villiers Park Educational Trust and The Churches Conservation Trust on a four day tour which will take place 2 - 6 June 2014 and includes a visit to St Nicholas' Chapel in King's Lynn which is in our care. A major conservation project is currently being carried out at St Nicholas' and guests on the tour will be given a behind the scenes look at the work. Members of our annual givings schemes are offered a discount of £50.
Other tours offered by Villiers Park include: Medieval Churches, Monasteries & Cathedrals of the Fenlands, 16 - 18 May 2014; and Medieval Cambridge: History & Architecture, 25-27 July 2014.
For more information on the Villiers Park Educational Trust tours, download the brochure here.
If you require further information, please call our Supporter Line on 0800 206 1463.
This tour, in conjunction with the Historic Chapels Trust, takes in four stunning buildings representing over a thousand years of history.
The tour starts at the Historic Chapels Trust's Longworth Roman Catholic Chapel, a remarkable Victorian interpretation of a medieval building incorporating extensive medieval elements. Our next stop will be St Cuthbert’s, Holme Lacy, home to a rich collection of monuments and stained glass dating back to the Scudamore family who were patrons of the church from Medieval times until the 20th century.
After a light lunch, we will visit St Mary’s, Wormsley, a tiny church which has Norman origins, as well as tombs to the Knight brothers. Our final stop will be the unusual Church of St Cosmas & St Damian, Stretford. Dedicated to the patron saints of physicians and surgeons, the church features a Jacobean pulpit and two tomb recesses.
Includes a light lunch and coach travel. Coach pick up at 10.30am from Hereford train station - Return to Hereford train station at 5.30pm. This event has now taken place.
This tour will explore three very unique churches, all with their own special charms.
The tour will start at the handsome Holy Trinity church, Blackburn where guests will be able to view the series of 80 painted heraldic panels, commemorating families who contributed to the construction of the church. We will then move onto St Leonard’s Church, Old Langho, one of the few churches to be built after the Reformation. The stonework is a particular highlight of this Grade I listed building.
After a light lunch, we will visit the Trust’s most recent acquisition, Church of St Edmund, Falinge. A truly extraordinary church which has a fascinating blend of gothic revival architecture and Masonic symbolism.
Includes a light lunch and coach travel. Coach pick up at 10.00am from Blackburn train station - Return to Blackburn train station at 4.30pm. This event has now taken place.
This tour, in conjunction with the Historic Chapels Trust, will explore three very different sites which have all required intervention in order to prevent them from disappearing forever.
The first site we shall visit will be Petre Chapel, Thorndon. Owned by the Historic Chapels Trust, this chapel is the work of architect William Wardell, a friend of A.W.N Pugin. The chapel is small but brimming with gothic detail and is considered an Essex hidden treasure.
We will then move onto to All Saints', East Horndon, a magnificent Tudor church with elaborate memorial slabs and curious galleried upper rooms. In addition to the wonderful views towards the River Thames, this is a fascinating church to visit. After a light lunch, our final stop will be All Saints', Vange. A simple red-tiled medieval church with lovely stonework will end the tour on a peaceful note.
Please note that there will be some walking down an unmade track - this will not be suitable for those with mobility problems
Includes a light lunch and coach travel. Coach pick up at 10.30am from Basildon train station - Returns to Basildon train station at 4.00pm. This event has now taken place.
This tour will look into three churches in Oxfordshire which all house monuments and memorials commorating the family history around them.
This tour starts at the stunning All Saints’, Nuneham Courtenay. Built in the 1760s, it is in a classical design with a gleaming dome and six slender columns. Inside the church boasts Italian fittings, magnificent memorial sculptures and busts.
We then move onto All Saints’, Shirburn. This church is located near 14th century Shirburn Castle and has stunning brasses, carvings and monuments. The north chapel features the Macclesfield family mausoleum.
After a light lunch, we will move onto St Katherine’s, Chiselhampton. A striking church known for its beautiful Georgian furnishings and arrangement, it also struck a chord with John Betjeman who included it in one of his poems and made a personal appeal for funds to support it.
Includes a light lunch and coach travel. Coach pick up at 10.00am from Oxford train station - Returns to Oxford train station at 4.30pm. This event has now taken place.
This tour takes in three striking churches in the atmospheric surroundings of North Yorkshire.
The tour starts with a visit to the beautiful St Peter’s, Wintringham. First built in the Norman period, it has had several restorations which have seen Jacobean bench pews, medieval carvings and stained glass become features of this peaceful church.
With a striking 32-metre spire, our next church should be easy to spot. St Andrew’s, East Heslerton was completed in 1877 and boasts an exuberant Victorian interior as well as a fine stone pulpit.
After a light lunch, we shall move onto the majestic St Stephen’s in Fylingdales. This church resonates with the history of the resilient fishing community it once served and the sea is a recurring theme throughout
Includes a light lunch and coach travel. Coach pick up at 10.00am from Scarborough train station - Returns to Scarborough train station at 4.30pm. This event has now taken place.
The three churches on this tour were selected for their stunning artwork in the form of extravagant carvings, stunning wallpaintings and vibrant stained glass.
This tour stars at All Saints', Little Wenham. Often described as one of Suffolk’s best-kept secrets, this is a fine 13th-century flint church with a Tudor brick-topped tower. The medieval wall-paintings are stunning as are the canopied wall monuments and the floor brasses.
After a light lunch, we shall move onto St Mary’s, Badley. This is a truly remarkable Medieval church from its sturdy iron grilled door to the delicate patina of its medieval benches. There are also several memorials to the Poley family.
The final stop of the tour will be St Peter’s, Claydon. Overlooking the Gipping Valley, this church was much altered by Fr. George Drury, a High Churchman and amateur architect whose craftsmanship can also be seen. With its vibrant stained glass and extravagant carvings, this church is a stunning site to
Includes a light lunch and coach travel. Coach pick up at 10.30am from Ipswich train station - Returns to Ipswich train station at 4.30pm. This event has now taken place.
Many of our churches have stories to tell about war. For this tour, we visit three churches in Somerset, all of whom have been part of past wars.
Three of the Churches Conservation Trust’s most stunning and iconic churches are positioned in Somerset within a short distance of the North West coast.
St James', Cameley, St Nicholas, Brockley and Holy Saviour, Puxton are three very different and individual churches. Brockley is a richly decorated squire’s church; Puxton is spare and rustic with a leaning tower; and Cameley is described as Somerset's 'Sleeping Beauty'
All three have been unwittingly caught up in a time of war, from hideaway during the Monmouth rebellion, to top secret address and solitary observer of mid-air disaster, the churches have seen all and kept their counsel.
Includes a light lunch and coach travel. Coach pick up at 10.30am from Weston-Super-Mare train station - Returns to Weston-Super-Mare train station at 4.30pm.This event has now taken place.
Our churches in Northampton have an abundance of carved treasures on display. For this tour we have selected three of the best.
This tour starts at one of the smallest churches in the region, St Michael’s, Farndish. It has a gorgeous Early English doorway, which has a polychrome effect and has an elegant curved ogee arch over a 14th-century widow. A peaceful and serene start to our tour.
After a light lunch, we shall visit Church of St Peter & St Pauls, Preston Deanery. This is a simple church with stunning carvings of animals on each side of the chancel.
Our final stop will be at St Peter’s, Northampton. A stunning 900 year old Norman church, it has fantastic stonework and glorious carved treasures throughout.
Includes a light lunch and coach travel. Coach pick up at 10.30am from Northampton train station - Returns to Northampton train station at 4.30pm.This event has now taken place.
This tour will explore the stunning and specaular monuments and memorials in three of our Lincolnshire churches.
We start this tour at St Lawrence’s, Snarford, a small medieval church with a breath-taking interior. With spectacular memorial sculptures and alabaster monuments, this is a truly stunning example of monuments and memorials.
We then move onto to St George’s Church, Goltho, a charming red-brick Tudor chapel which has a gorgeous and simple chancel.
After a light lunch, we move on to the splendid Milton Mausoleum, the only surviving mausoleum in Nottinghamshire. It was designed for the 4th Duke of Newcastle as a mausoleum for his wife and contains stunning marble effigies
Includes a light lunch and coach travel. Coach pick up at 10.00am from Lincoln train station - Returns to Lincoln train station at 4.30pm. This event has now taken place.