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Turn End Garden & a unique visit to the Getty Estate

August 17, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 6:30 pm


Turn End is one of three houses designed and built in the 1960s by architect Peter Aldington in the village of Haddenham.  It is still the family home of the Aldington family. In 2006 the three houses were listed grade 11*.  The garden, designed and made by Peter Aldington as a natural extension of the house, grew with the buildings, maturing into an internationally renowned garden.

Turn End also aims to support the creative sector and the estate has been home to furniture makers, potters and jewellery designers. Two studios are located within the estate which we can visit and morning coffee will be served there.

After a picnic lunch in the garden we will leave for the Wormsley Getty Estate where we will visit The Library and the Walled Garden.

The Wormsley Estate, owned by the Getty family, is a beautiful 18th century estate in the Chiltern Hill. The 2,700 acre estate was acquired by Sir Paul Getty in 1986.  He embarked on a comprehensive restoration project across the buildings, gardens and landscape.

The Library:  The late Sir Paul Getty spent twenty-five years assembling one of the finest collections of books and manuscripts in the country which were housed in a splendid purpose-built building. This unparalleled collection of works ranges from the 7th century to the 20th century and includes medieval manuscripts, Anne Boleyn’s Psalter and a first folio of Shakespeare’s plays.  The Librarian will give us a guided tour.

The Walled Garden: Dating from the mid 1700’s, the 2 acre gardens were originally designed by Richard Woods, a contemporary of Capability Brown.  Sir Paul and Lady Getty brought them back to life with a rose garden, magnificent pergola and a ‘Green Theatre’’.   Pimms will be served in the garden at the end of our visit.

Booking essential – there is a booking form HERE.

Price: £45.00 for members £50.00 non-members (to include a garden visit at Turn End, morning coffee there, visit to Wormsley Library and the Walled Garden, a glass of Pimms and the coach from Stroud and back).  Please bring a picnic for lunch in the garden at Turn End as there are no suitable cafes nearby.

Full details will be e-mailed out one week before departure.  Closing date for booking is August 8th.


August 17, 2017
9:30 am - 6:30 pm


Stroud Civic Society