Leatherhead Decorative & Fine Arts Society
Leatherhead Decorative & Fine Arts Society
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08 May 2017Knebworth House visit
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Knebworth House visit
Monday 08 May 2017

We are having a special day visit to Knebworth House in Hertfordshire, home to the Lytton family since 1490. The house was originally a red-brick late Gothic manor House built round a central court as an open square. In the 19th century the house was transformed into the present Tudor Gothic structure. Its most famous resident was Edward Bulwer-Lytton, the Victorian author, dramatist and statesman, who embellished the gardens in a formal Italianate fashion. Much of the interior was redesigned by Sir Edwin Lutyens, who LeDFAS had a talk on in 2015.  A herb garden, with an interlaced quincunx design, was drawn by Gertrude Jekyll in 1907, although not planted until 1982.

We will have a guided tour of the house and time to explore the 28 acres of formal gardens. We can also see the British Raj Exhibition which was put together to mark the centenary of the great Delhi Durbar of 1877.

The cost for the day will include tea/coffee on arrival and a soup/sandwich lunch.