Meopham Historical Society outing (30/05/2012)

Wrest Park and Gardens, Bedfordshire

Maureen organised one of her popular outings for the Meopham Historical Society, this time to Wrest Park and gardens. In spite of the wet weather that had been the norm during April, she managed to pick the one day, where temperatures rose and the sky was blue.

We had a lovely day. At first we had time to wander around on our own, before the tour of the gardens with a knowledgeable guide. The gardens around the house were laid out to incorporate Italian and French styles as well as a rose garden. However, the main attractions lay beyond the house, in the 92 acres that compose the whole estate. The present house was built in the 1830s by Thomas, 2nd Earl de Grey. It replaces an older house built at the beginning of the 17th century. The gardens were altered by Capability (Lancelot) Brown in the late 1750s. There was certainly plenty to keep us occupied for the whole day.

Johann Sebastian Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048 – Allegro