The Croydon and District National Trust
The National Trust croydon and district centre has a programme of lectures, outings , holidays and social events all designed to promote and prosper the work oof the Trust and the enjoyment of its members .
Spring / Summer 2017 Programme
We have an exciting programme of talks, outings, holidays and social events for our members. afternoon meetings held at Shirley Parish Hall, 81 Wickham Road, Shirley Croydon Surrey CR0 8TB .
Lunch at Croham Hurst Golf Club and an excursion to Highclere Castle , Newbury
Highclere Castle: Many of you who have seen Downton Abbey will be familiar with the Castle and its grounds. Owned by the Earls of Carnarvon since 1679, it was transformed into a grand mansion by Sir Charles Barry in the period 1842 to 1878. The grounds were designed by Capability Brown.
In the late Victorian era it became the centre of political life whilst, in Edwardian times, with its house parties full of politicians, technological innovators, Egyptologists, aviators and soldiers, it epitomised the confidence and glamour of that era.
During the First World War, Almina, the 5th Countess of Carnarvon turned the Castle into a hospital. Married at just 19, this illegitimate daughter of Alfred de Rothschild brought a stupendous dowry into the family which financed the 5th Earl and Howard Carter’s discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922.
Following the death of the 5th Earl, the 6th Earl returned to Highclere and lived there until 1986. During the Second World War, Highclere became briefly a home for evacuee children from north London. The current 8th Earl and Countess live partly in the Castle and partly nearby but remain closely involved in the day to day life and future of the Castle.
Final lecture of our winter season
15th March Lord Mayor of the City of London by John Halligan
The Lectures commence at 2pm with tea/coffee.
Cost: £4.00 payable at the door.
For information about the work of the National Trust or joining your local centre:
Ms Angela Swan
The National Trust Croydon and District Centre
(Tel: 020 8657 0158, Email : email@example.com)
You do not have to be a member of the National Trust to join the Centre.