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Heritage Tour - Lotherton Hall & Leeds

10th August 2019

8.30am

Entry Fees Extra

Pickup Times

£27.00 (Entry fees extra)
Coach leaves Northwich Memorial Court at 8.30am (b)
Other Pick-Up Points available

We spend the first part of the day in Leeds City Centre. Leeds Art Gallery has a nationally important collection of 20th Century British Art plus a special exhibition Woodwork: A Family Tree of Sculpture exploring the idea that wood is the most human of materials, as it crosses cultures and time with its plasticity, portability and durability. Drawing from the collections, discover works of British sculpture alongside objects from Africa, India, China and Myanmar from the world cultures collection. Also explore the impressive Victoria Quarter shopping arcades.

After lunch we visit Lotherton Hall, celebrating 50 years of being open to the public. The grand but comfortable house consists mainly of late Victorian and Edwardian extensions made by Colonel Gascoigne, based around a Regency-period core. Visitors can bask in the ambience of this charming country home, giving a taste of the lives of the English upper classes in the early 1900s. Restored servants’ rooms also explore the lives of the house’s staff.

As well as displaying the beautiful items given by the Gascoignes, Lotherton is a treasure-trove of internationally important 19th and 20th century decorative art, including objects from many important designers and makers. Annual exhibitions of dress and textiles are displayed in the beautifully refurbished Fashion Galleries. Lotherton’s historic chapel – dating to the 1100s and dedicated to St. James – was once part of the medieval village of Luttrington. It was restored during the First World War for use by soldiers when Lotherton was being used as a military hospital.

The gardens cover 8 acres and were designed as a series of enclosed gardens by Mrs Gwendolen Gascoigne between 1893 and 1914, with few changes up to her death in 1949. The old Walled Garden was transformed into an "old-fashioned" garden filled with rose beds and herbaceous borders with scented flowers, tender creepers and perennials. The William and Mary Garden was built with a sunken pond and plant walls. Part of the Victorian shrubbery was made into a rock garden, with winding sunken paths and a hard tennis court was laid out overlooking the pasture. Today, the gardens are being slowly restored.


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