Summer trips for BLH&MS members

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Summer on the canal in Berkhamsted

For summer trips, please contact Bill Willett on 01442 863760 or email here
We leave from St John’s Well Lane, Berkhamsted (M&S).

25 May 2017
Bletchley Park, home of British World War II Intelligence. Coach from St Johns Well Lane, Berkhamsted, leaves 9:15, back by 17:30 latest. Lunch available there. Free car parking at Catholic Church. Cost £30.

8 July 2017
Palace Theatre Watford to see Gilbert & Sullivan’s Gondoliers. Coach leaves at 13:00.

27 Jul 2017
Audley End
. Coach leaves 9:15. This is an English Heritage property and entrance is included in the price; less if you are an English Heritage member. It is a 17th century country house near Saffron Walden. It was a Benedictine Monastery until the Dissolution when it was given to Sir Thomas Audley. Charles II bought it in 1668 as a home while he went to Newmarket. It is in a Capability Brown landscape and the house has Robert Adam interiors. In World War II it was the home of the Polish section of Special Operations Executive (SOE).

19 Sep 2017
Sulgrave Manor and Upton House, near Banbury coach leaves 9:00, returns 18:00.
Cost around £30 but more for non-National Trust members. The cost of entry to Sulgrave is included in this price.

Upton House was the home of one of the Villiers until purchased in 1927 by Walter Samuel, son of Marcus Samuel of Shell. Walter donated the house to the National Trust in 1948 and the family added furniture and paintings to that bequest. It is a lovely house and garden overlooking a deep valley. The Art and Ceramic collection is Top Grade. We shall have coffee and lunch here. More details here

Sulgrave Manor is a few minutes away and is the ancestral home of the Washington family. The house was built by Lawrence Washington in the mid-1500s; he was the great, great… grand-father of General George Washington. The family also had connections with Tring. More details here

Heritage Open Days


Find out more about this year’s Heritage Open Days here

Winter talks

Berkhamsted Local History & Museum Society meetings take place at 8:00pm in the Wellcome Great Hall, Town Hall, Berkhamsted from Sep to Mar. Visitors are always welcome @ £3 at the door.

Winter on the canal in Berkhamsted

Winter on the canal in Berkhamsted

13 Sep 2017
John T. Smith, ‘The Search for Cheddington’s History’
Chairman of Cheddington History Society and a Birbeck geographer, John is author of two books on Cheddington.

18 Oct 2017
John Waller, “Royal Residents of Berkhamsted Palace”
Local military historian and National Trust guide shows us our Royal Kings, Queens and Princes who have lived in Berkhamsted.

22 Nov 2017
Julian Humphreys, “The siege of 1216”
Eminent historian unfolds the dramatic events of 800 years ago at Berkhamsted Castle.

13 Dec 2017
Local film night
: Sit back, dim the lights, and disappear into a world of yesteryear… including “Old Hertfordshire 1940s-50s”.

10 Jan 2018
Tim Prouse, “Stories from the Graves”
Baptist graveyard, Bell lane, Northchurch – local historian digs deep.

21 Feb 2018
James Moir, “The Rectory Lane Cemetery Project”
Convenor of the project presents an update of this Heritage lottery funded community venture.

28 Mar 2018
Kevin Varty, “Sweet Memories- but don’t get me started on Wagon Wheels!”
The nostalgic world of the history of confectionery
This talk is preceded by the Society AGM.