Sunday, 23 September 2018

Henley Archaeological and Historical Group

ON August 8, about 30 members visited Harpsden Court, a beautiful manor house hidden behind an elegant gateway next to

ON August 8, about 30 members visited Harpsden Court, a beautiful manor house hidden behind an elegant gateway next to Harpsden Church.

The owners were delighted to show us around and tell us about life there in the past and present, especially how the house earns its living through its frequent use in films and TV shows, Midsomer Murders being perhaps the best known one.

Ruth Gibson explained the architectural sequences from medieval tower to Elizabethan hall and chamber range, the early 18th century kitchen and the Gothic revival refronting with grand trompe l’oeil windows replacing the more modest Tudor ones.

Another visit is planned in the spring for those members who were unable to be there on this occasion. The annual meeting will be on Tuesday, December 3. The speakers will be Ruth Gibson on “More historic roofs discovered”, Vicky Jordan on “Jane Austen in Oxfordshire”, John Whiting on “The Henley branch railway” and Mary Hooper on the First World War.

On January 7, the speaker will be Mike Willoughby, who has spent eight years researching the soldiers, airmen, sailors and volunteers who gave their lives in the First World War but whose names do not appear on war memorials.

On February 4, Elizabeth Hazeldine will talk about “The people of St Mary’s”.

All meetings are held at King’s Arms Barn at 7.45pm. All are welcome (non- members £3).

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