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Autumn Lecture Programme 2017

The lecture programme resumed in September after the Summer break with 67 members enjoying a talk about the area of London known as the Inns of Court. The talk was given by Ian Bevan, a London Blue Badge Guide, who gave us a verbal tour of the main Inns including Lincolns Inn and Grays Inn using illustrations from historic documents and recent photographs from his own collection. Ian’s talk also included the traditions of the Inns, some dating back hundreds of years and the role the Inns played in the selection and training of Barristers. This talk was a good introduction to the walk through the Inns of Court lead by Ian later in October.


The October talk about Chartwell Gardens was given by Chris Sutcliffe a volunteer gardener at Sir Winston Churchill’s home in Kent. We are all familiar with the house so Chris’s talk concentrated on items of horticultural interest in the lesser known areas of the gardens and grounds. Chris illustrated his talk with some interesting photographs including some rarely seen showing Sir Winston as a bricklayer, artist and landscape gardener.




In November we returned to another area familiar to us all with a very interesting talk about Box Hill given by Ben Tatham the President of the Friends of Box Hill. Ben explained why Box Hill’s proximity to London made it a very popular area to visit especially with the improved transport links of the late Victorian era and why Leopold Salomons of Norbury Park gave Box Hill to the National Trust in 1914 to be preserved for the Nation. In the early days of NT ownership a management committee consisting of local personalities and land owners was formed to manage the Hill and Ben himself was the last chairman before the NT took over full responsibility in the 1970s. Today the Friends of Box Hill work in support of the NT with nature conservation and educational work.


If you have any friends, relatives, neighbours or just visitors who might be interested in any of our lectures please encourage them to come along without any obligation to join our Centre.