Amesbury is now proudly recording itself as the oldest continually inhabited place in England. Our day will start in Amesbury Church where we will have a talk by Colonel Peter Tustin on the area from the mesolithic to the reformation period. We will then visit the small town museum to see finds from the recent excavation at Blicks Mead. Lunch will be taken in the elegant rooms/gardens of the Antrobus Arms (or you can bring a picnic).
We will then, by kind permission of the Reid family, go into the Abbey mansion for tea and cake in the Drawing Room. There we will be given a talk by Captain William Perkins on the development of the post reformation house and the Marquess of Queensberry’s important landscaped garden of the eighteenth century. After that we will visit the grounds to look at the grotto, Chinese pavilion and Blicks Mead with its natural springs that were so significant in the prehistoric era.
Maximum number 40 people.