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26th June – Marble Hill House – Away Day

Marble Hill House: Guided Tour

Marble Hill House is a Neo-Palladian villa (Grade 1 listed) in Marble Hill Park in Twickenham. It was built between 1724 and 1729 as the home of Henrietta Howard, who lived there until her death. In 2018 it was closed for conservation work funded by the National Lottery. It has now fully reopened and we have arranged a guided tour of the house.

After the tour you can visit the café in the park or take the 10/15-minute walk along the Thames to Orleans Gallery. It’s free to go in and also has a pleasant café.

Our return route will be a walk back across the park to get the bus to Richmond Station. Alternatively you can be adventurous and take the passenger ferry across the Thames to Ham House (National Trust) on the opposite bank. If you do venture to Ham House, there is a half-mile walk to Sandy Lane bus stop to catch the 371 back to Kingston. You may also return to Marble Hill House in the afternoon to wander around at your leisure (free entry).

Date: Wednesday, 26 June Travel: Meet in front of Richmond Station at 10.20am. We’ll travel by bus 490, R68 or R70 to the gates of Marble Hill Park. It’s then a short walk up to the house. Alternatively, you may wish to drive to Marble Hill Park. There’s a car park but you have to pay unless you are a member of English Heritage.

Meeting Time/Place: We shall meet up outside Marble Hill House. Please check in before the start of our 11am tour.

Cost: £12.75, including the guided tour Accessibility: There is a newly installed lift to the first floor. If you would like to join us, please fill in the form in the centre of this newsletter and send it with your cheque, made payable to Kingston u3a GAS, to: Pamela Crisp 284 Raeburn Avenue Surbiton KT5 9EF Tel: 07846 722278

1st July – Kingston Town History Tour – Away Day (well almost!)

Kingston Town History Tour Kingston is rich in a history dating back to the Anglo-Saxon period and there’s much evidence of it around the town.

We’ve booked a guided tour to help us understand Kingston’s history. The hour-long tour takes in All Saints Church, the Market Place, the Coronation Stone, the Guildhall, the Anglo-Saxon and Tudor buildings, the famous drapers and many other things you may not know about. After the tour there’ll be time for lunch before making your way to the United Reformed Church for our regular u3a monthly meeting.

Time: 10.45am for start of tour at 11am

Date: Monday, 1 July Meeting Place: Under the Golden Queen in the Market Place.

Cost: The guided tour is free. Please note: This is a walking tour and may not be suitable for some members.

If you’d like to come along, please fill in the booking form in the centre of this newsletter and send it to: Jacqui Hine 85 Richmond Park Road Kingston KT2 6AF