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27 June 2019Visit to Rochester Cathedral and Restoration House
19 March 2019Visit to Warner Textile Archive, Braintree
29 November 2018Visit to Waddesdon Manor and the Christmas Fair
25 September 2018Visit to Eltham Palace
15 May 2018Visit to Chartwell Contact Ann Barker on 01621 784 209
24 April 2018Bridge Day Contact Ann Barker on 01621 784209
18 July 2017The Museum of London, Docklands

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Visit to Rochester Cathedral and Restoration House
Thursday 27 June 2019

Morning guided tour of Rochester Cathedral

England’s 2nd oldest cathedral founded AD 604

Afternoon guided tour of Restoration House. The house as we see it today is the amalgamation of two medieval buildings which were combined in the late 16th or early 17th century to create a mansion house just outside the south Restoration House is a unique survival of a city mansion. The house takes its name from the stay of King Charles II on the eve of the Restoration. It is also the Satis House of Dickens’ “Great Expectations”, the home of Miss Havisham.

Coach from Little Baddow and Galleywood and two guided  tours £45

Optional Visit to Huguenot Museum  Rochester

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What a wonderful day we had too. Firstly a good coach journey to visit the historic Rochester Cathedral where we were served refreshments (including cake) in the Crypt, where there was an interesting local art exhibition. England's second oldest cathedral, dating from AD604. Our visit was before the controversial golf course was installed!

After lunch in one of the many local restuarants/cafes in the high street we had a short distance to walk to Restoration House.  This house is an absolute gem. Privately owned and has been restored so well with plenty of antiques and quirky contents. It is an amalgamation of two medieval buildings set on the River Medway on the route from Dover to London. Very knowledgable volunteer guides and wonderful walled garden with a Yew Court and a Mediterranean pot garden. Beautiful flower arrangements throughout the house arranged by one of the owners. Well worth a visit (limited opening hours)