Arundells is situated near Salisbury Cathedral in the historic 80 acre Cathedral Close often painted by John Constable. The house is a museum of Sir Edward Heath’s time in public office, containing many items of interest including a fine collection of paintings by artists such as Sickert, Churchill, Lowry, John Nash and Gwen John. There is a collection of cartoons, bronzes and ceramics as well as mementos of Sir Edward’s sailing and musical interests. In 1964 the leasehold of Arundells was bought by the uncle and aunt of Lightbox Friend Christopher Hawkings. Mr and Mrs Robert Hawkings, who lived at Arundells for 20 years, faithfully renovated a largely derelict house and rebuilt the garden, and much of what Friends will see is attributable to them.
The visit is limited to 16 Friends and as usual booking will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. On arrival coffee and tea will be served at the Restaurant Bernieres in the Rifles Museum adjacent to Arundells. Then Friends will be divided into two groups for 75 minute tours of the House, one at 11.30am and the other at 12 noon. Friends can enjoy the two acre garden before or after the tours, followed by a lunch break of your choice (the Cathedral has a good refectory restaurant). At 2.10pm we meet inside the West Door for the 45 minute tour of the Cathedral and Magna Carta exhibition.
A bus will leave Goldsworth Park Recreation Ground, Wishbone Way, Woking at 9.15am and will depart from Salisbury at 3.30pm to return to Woking.
Wednesday 14 October 2015, 9.15am - 3.30pm
Image: The Lightbox © Ian Rudgewick Brown
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