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26 September 2019Hampstead village and Kenwood House with Andrew Davies.
11 October 2019Kings Lynn, including Clifton House.
12 October 2019Visit to Glyndebourne and Heritage of Sussex
30 April 2020Elton Hall, Elton Church and Longthorpe Tower.
06 May 2020Henry Moore Foundation, Perry Green, Hertfordshire.
03 June 2020Kew Palace and Gardens.

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Hampstead village and Kenwood House with Andrew Davies.
Thursday 26 September 2019

This year’s Andrew Davies led trip in London features Kenwood House and an exploration of Hampstead Village. The morning walk in and around Kenwood is about 300 yards and the afternoon downhill walk through Hampstead Village will be about 850 yards. 

Kenwood House (also known as the Iveagh Bequest) is a former stately home on the northern boundary of Hampstead Heath.

The house was originally constructed in the 17th century and served as a residence for thEarls of Mansfield through the 18th and 19th centuries. Part of the estate was bought by the Guinness family in the early 20th century, and the whole property and grounds came under ownership of the London County Council and was open to the public by the end of the 1920s.

Kenwood House is an archetypal Adam masterpiece with its fine Georgian interiors, refurbished in 2013 with magnificent views over the 112 acres of park created by Humphry Repton.  The house contains superb paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Reynolds, Constable and Gainsborough.

After lunch the coach will drop us off at the top of Hampstead village and Andrew will then guide us through the fashionable village with its quaint alleyways and perfectly preserved Georgian buildings long favoured by academics and artists.  He will also take us to St John's churchyard where John Constable is buried.

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