The Whitchurch Silk Mill was built in 1815 by Henry Heyter but in 1817 it was bought by a Huguenot silk weaver, William Maddich from Spitalfields. The Mill, sited on the river Test, is full of fascination. On arrival Friends will be served morning tea/coffee and biscuits. There will then be a tour of the Mill and a demonstration of the art of silk weaving followed by lunch of home-made soup and a sandwich buffet. There will be time for shopping and a visit to the garden.
After lunch Friends will be driven from Whitchurch to nearby Laverstoke Mill, home of the Bombay Sapphire Distillery. The Distillery also has a Huguenot pedigree which dates back to the early 18th century when Henry de Portal opened a fine paper mill on the river Test. The Mill was purchased by the Bombay Distillers Company in 2010. Friends will enjoy a self-guided interactive tour which includes a complimentary cocktail. There will be time to visit the superb Thomas Heatherwick-designed herbarium.
The visit is limited to 24 Friends and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. A coach will leave Goldsworth Park Recreation Ground Car Park at 9.15am and will depart from Laverstoke at 4pm to return to Woking.
Wednesday 27 April 2016, 9.15am
£48 (incl. morning tea, lunch and a cocktail)
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