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30 May 2018VISIT TO STONOR PARK

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VISIT TO STONOR PARK
Wednesday 30 May 2018

Home to the Stonor family for over 850 years, Stonor Park is one of the oldest family homes still lived in today. As the oldest member of the Stonor family, the house has a thousand stories to tell. As well as being architecturally fascinating the house contains a fine collection of furniture, Old Master Paintings, drawings, bronzes, wall papers and historic maps. A special exhibition details the life of St. Edmund Campion who was hidden at Stonor during the Reformation. The stunning gardens, first planted in the 15th century and latterly designed by Lady Camoys are a treat for visitors to explore, with vistas of the surrounding ancient deer park beyond. Behind the warm red brick façade, Stonor’s origins go back to medieval times.  Our cosy Stonor Pantry cafe dates from the late 12th Century, with the Chapel added around a hundred years later. Highlights include the Gothic revival hall, the 17th century library and long gallery. The fortunes of the house and chapel are strongly tied to the travails of the Catholics in Britain. When Henry VIII formed the Church of England in the 1530s, Catholics, including the Stonor family, were forced to take a much reduced part in public life. Crippling fines were levied and many were persecuted and forced to go into hiding. At Stonor there is a poignant reminder of these times in the roof space and priest hole where Sir Edmund Campion hid whilst printing the famous “Ten Reasons” pamphlet in the 1580s.


Price is £46 per person, and includes travel, coffee and biscuits upon arrival, a guided tour of the house, free acess to the gardens, a sit down lunch in the pantry and coffee. Wine is available for purchase locally.


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