The visit to Rycote Park will begin with coffee/tea and biscuits in the 18th century barn next to the Chapel and an introductory talk on its history from Sarah Taylor. She and her team will then lead us on a tour of the Chapel, historic grounds and gardens of Rycote, taking in the research done by Time Team, amongst others.

Rycote Park was once a great Tudor Palace much visited by royalty, including Queen Elizabeth I as princess in captivity and then no fewer than six times as queen. It was bought by Lord Williams of Thame in 1539 and remained in the hands of his descendants, ultimately the Earls of Abingdon, until 1911. By then, it was a shadow of its former self, having been largely demolished in 1807. Three owners during the course of the 20th and 21st centuries have added their stamp to create what is now a mellow comfortable house in a beautiful park restored with the help of Elizabeth Banks, with echoes still of Capability Brown who designed it in the 1760s.

The Chapel predates the house, having been consecrated in 1449. It has a plain but pleasing exterior but what makes it of outstanding interest are the fine internal seventeenth century fittings of the western gallery, two large covered pews, pulpit and beautifully carved reredos.

Lunch is included.

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