Another well planned tour by Maureen for members of the Society with a varied and interesting programme. Although the weather was a bit cold to start, with even a few drops of rain, it soon improved and we spent the last two days with glorious sunshine. Our hotel, Tankersley Manor, was comfortable, the staff accommodating, the food excellent and the swimming pool, Jacuzzi and sauna appreciated by some of the members of our group.
DAY 1: BADDESLEY CLINTON
Our journey to South Yorkshire was interrupted with a small diversion to Baddesley Clinton, a National Trust property. It is a moated house built by Henry Ferrers, a lawyer, in the late 14th century. It remained in the Ferrers family for 500 years until it was sold in 1940. The house was a sanctuary not only for the family, but also the persecuted Catholics, who were hidden from priest hunters in its secret hiding places during the 1590s. After a few hours with time for lunch we continued to Tankersley, where we were to stay for the next four nights.