The Society of Emeritus Fellows organises a series of outings throughout the year, which are open to all members of the College and their guests.
ALL MEMBERS, VISITORS & FRIENDS WELCOME
Friday 14 September, Colchester Castle and Paycocke's (Tudor merchant's) House
Briefly: We arrive at Colchester for 10.45 and have free time to visit the exhibits in the Museum. We then take a guided tour of the Roman Vaults and the Castle roof at 12 noon (£10.00 per person) followed by free time for lunch. At 2pm we travel to Coggleshall to visit Paycocke's House (National Trust Members free or entry £7.50), garden and café. The nearby 13th century Cistercian Grange Barn may be visited if time permits (included in Paycocke's entry fee).
Colchester Castle is the largest Norman Keep in Europe built by William the Conqueror as a blueprint for the Tower of London. Constructed on the foundations of the Temple of Claudius, it was built between 49 and 60 CE when Camulodunum (now Colchester) was the first Roman capital of Britain. Within the Castle Museum some of the most important historical finds in Britain can be seen (weapons, gold jewellery, coins etc). The guided tour of the Roman vaults and the castle roof provides an insight into 2000 years of history.
Paycocke's House demonstrates stunning woodcarving and elaborate panelling which made this wealthy merchant's house a medieval 'des res'. Built around 1500 for Thomas Paycocke, the house is a grand example of the wealth generated in East Anglia by the cloth trade in the 16th century. There is also a cottage garden and coffee shop. Limited roadside parking. Visitors toilet available on first floor only. Further possibility is Grange Barn - a Monastic Storage barn, ½ mile distant, with parking and ground floor toilet (no further charge).
Wednesday 4 July, Apethorpe Palace near Peterborough and Peterborough Cathedral
Open to all members of the College and their guests.
Tour starts at Apethorpe at 10.30 ending around 12pm (£7.65 per person). We then travel to Peterborough centre for lunch and a tour of the Cathedral Ground Floor (£8/£6) (numbers not limited) or the Tower (max 13 people, £10/£8) in the afternoon.
Apethorpe Palace holds a particularly important place in English history because of its ownership by, and role in, entertaining Tudor and Stuart monarchs. Elizabeth I once owned the building and it was lived in regularly by James I and Charles I. The series of state rooms, including the King's Bedchamber and the impressive Long Gallery, is one of the most complete to survive from the Jacobean period.
One of the most dramatic West Fronts in the country, Peterborough Cathedral is an extraordinary creation of medieval architecture. The dramatic Romanesque interior is little altered since its completion 800 years ago: it is a treasure-house of religious and historic artefacts. Highlights include: Saxon carvings, unique painted nave ceiling, fan vaulting, carved Victorian choir stalls and the burial places of two queens: Katharine of Aragon and Mary Queen of Scots.
The Tower Tour (steep steps, maximum 13 people) passes the bell ringing chamber and the 13th century wooden winch used by the medieval masons plus glimpses of stained glass and stonework and amazing views from the top. Apethorpe Palace does not allow high-heeled shoes and does not have wheelchair access. The Cathedral is fully accessible for wheelchairs on the ground floor.
Tuesday 12 June. Visit Wisbech in the Fens (coach takes 1hr 30 mins)
Coach departs at 9.45am and returns by 6pm. Book by 29 May using this form.
Elgood’s Brewery Tour and Garden at 11:30am followed by beer tasting and buffet lunch at 12:30pm £18.50 inclusive (The actual tour part is not suitable for visitors with mobility difficulty) This 200 year old brewery on the banks of the River Nene is a classic English Ale Brewery. The process uses equipment dating from 1910 to the present day. Behind the North Brink Brewery is a four acre garden incorporating specimen trees as old as the surrounding buildings, herbaceous borders, a lake, rockery, water features, exotic house and herb garden. Beyond the walled gardens are lawns leading to a Maze. Other lunch venues available!
Wisbech and Fenland Museum - Free - Open 10am - 4pm One of the oldest purpose-built museums in the country with many unique exhibits plus collections of local flora and fauna, founded in 1835. In 1856 the Museum acquired the ethnographical collection of Dr William Stanger obtained from West Africa; in the late 1860s Alexander Peckover’s collection of Egyptian antiquities and in 1868 the bequest of Chauncy Hare Townshend of several 100 items of fine and decorative arts included amongst them a Sevres breakfast service (allegedly belonging to Napoleon) and the original manuscript of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. In 1870 Mrs Mary Dickinson presented the ‘Clarkson Chest’ used by the anti-slavery campaigner Thomas Clarkson. Throughout 1930/40s the Museum received a collection of Staffordshire figures and oil paintings from the collection of John Lowis Kirk. Today the Museum collects, cares for and interprets the natural and cultural heritage of Wisbech and the surrounding Fenland.
Peckover House/Gardens/Café £8.20. Gardens/Café only £5.70 (National Trust members free) - Possible tour 2.30pm Peckover House Opens 12.00; Gardens/Cafe Open 11.00am Peckover House is a secret gem, a classic Georgian merchant's town house built in 1722 and lived in by the Peckover family for 150 years. The Peckovers were staunch Quakers, which meant they had a very simple lifestyle - yet at the same time they ran a successful private bank. Both facets of their life can be seen as you wander through the house. There is a 2 acre Victorian walled garden and a 17thC barn (now tearooms). The gardens are a sensory delight, complete with orangery, summer-houses, croquet lawn and rose garden with more than 60 species of rose.
Wed, 4 July. Guided Tour of Apethorpe Palace (EH) and visit Peterborough Cathedral. (1 hour by coach)
Among England's greatest country houses, Apethorpe Palace (tour £7.50), holds a particularly important place in English history because of its ownership by, and role in, entertaining Tudor and Stuart monarchs. Elizabeth I once owned the building, which she had inherited from Henry VIII. For a period, Apethorpe was a royal palace lived in regularly by James I and Charles I. James I so loved Apethorpe that he personally contributed to its extension to make it more suitable for his 'princely recreation' and 'commodious entertainment'. The resulting series of state rooms, including the King's Bedchamber and the impressive Long Gallery, is one of the most complete to survive from the Jacobean period. Lunch stop during return via Peterborough Cathedral: Free tour 2pm (or Roof tour – limited to 13 people at £10 or £8 concession). See great West Front and portico with Romanesque arches in nave plus unique painted wooden 13th c ceiling, the tomb of Queen Katharine of Aragon and the original burial place of Mary Queen of Scots plus the intriguing early 9th c Saxon sculpture known as the 'Hedda Stone' or 'Monks' Stone', and much more.
Friday, 14 September. Colchester Castle Museum etc. (1 hr 20 mins by coach)
Colchester Castle is the largest Norman Keep in Europe. Constructed on the foundations of the Temple of Claudius, built when Colchester was the first Roman capital of Britain, the Castle Museum today reveals many fascinating layers of history to visitors. Archaeological collections of international quality covering 2,500 years of history are beautifully showcased, including of the most important Roman finds in Britain. Admission Adult (inc. Seniors) – £7.75, or less. Return via Paycock’s House and garden (NT). Stunning woodcarving and elaborate panelling made this wealthy merchant's house a medieval des. res. Built around 1500 for Thomas Paycocke, the house is a grand example of the wealth generated in East Anglia by the cloth trade in the 16th c. Discover story of its riches to rags decline and Edwardian 20-year restoration. Also cottage garden, a hidden arts & crafts gem with surprising industrial roots; garden room coffee shop.
Wednesday 11 October - The Polar Museum, Lensfield Road, Cambridge
Wednesday 27 September - Waddesdon Manor - Rothschild Chateau (NT), near Aylesbury - booking closed 11 September
Friday 30 June 2017 - Military Intelligence Museum Chicksands, Shefford and Wrest Park, Silsoe, Bedfordshire (cancelled due to low numbers)
Tuesday 6 June 2017 - Constable Country - Flatford Mill, Suffolk, with optional walks, tours and visits
Thursday 18 May 2017 - Suffolk Villages: Old House Museum, Priory and Castle Tour at Clare and Giffords Hall Vineyard, Hartest, Bury St Edmunds
Sunday 23 April 2017 - North Norfolk Walk and lunch at the Lifeboat Inn, Thornham
Wednesday 15 March 2017 - a combined visit to Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich and Wyken Vineyard Café near Bury St Edmunds