Welcome to our Winter programme which includes a specially interesting talk from two of our Committee members, David Austin and Tim Mars. Our Christmas visit includes two houses, one, Pitzhanger Manor, a highly praised restoration and the other, Sir John Soane Museum, home to the critically acclaimed Hogarth exhibition.

Following feedback from our members we are experimenting with holding meetings on a Saturday afternoon, so members no longer have to turn out on dark, cold nights. Please let us know what you think even if you can’t come to the talk.

We look forward to seeing you on November 30th when you will be able to enjoy tea or coffee and cake after the talk.

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King’s Cross, London – one of the largest Regeneration Projects in Europe

August 17, 2019

Visit : Saturday August 17th.  Details below and on the flier at https://mailchi.mp/7d7f88281a4c/st-mary-de-crypt-llanthony-secunda-priory-visit-thurs-25th-july-1825345?e=56c0a37420

A vast, contaminated industrial waste land has been transformed into an exciting new area of London and is now so successful is that it is fast becoming one of the city’s most popular neighbourhoods.

Within this 67 acre site with its canal side setting are 20 historic buildings restored and brought back into use. In pride of place is  the former granary (now the home of the  Central Saint Martin’s art college) with its  new forecourt of  fountains.

There are 2000 new homes including the legendary flats built  inside the  gas holders. Additionally there is an amazing range of shops and restaurants. The latest addition is the newly opened Coal Drop Yard designed by Thomas Heatherwick.  And all  this is set in  26 acres of open spaces and parks


We leave Stratford Park Leisure Centre at 8.00am. Following an extensive guided tour of the development, members will be free to have lunch and explore the site further.

In the afternoon there will be an optional tour by Tim Mars of the exciting new developments at St Pancras and King’s Cross Stations. The tour will end outside George Gilbert Scott’s wonderful building now the St Pancras Renaissance hotel where some members may like to take tea.

We will leave at 6.00pm and should be back in Stroud by 8.30pm

NOTE Due to health and safety issues the guide is only allowed to take a maximum of 23 people on her tour. However members are welcome to travel with the group if they are happy to explore by  themselves. The tour is free so there is no difference in the cost.

Price: £35.00 members:  £40.00 non members

Booking:  Book direct direct with Juliet or use the booking form here.

Places on the tour will be allotted on a first come first served basis.

Closing date for booking August 10 when your booking will be at acknowledged and further details supplied. You will also be notified if you have a place on the guided tour.



August 17, 2019