Our second full day visit for the 2019 season will be on Thursday June 2019, to Greensted Church and Copped Hall, both near Epping.
St Andrews Church Greensted is the oldest wooden church in the world and probably the oldest wooden building still standing in Europe. A few timbers in the nave remain from the original Saxon structure. These have been dated to between 998 and 1063. Many changes have been made to the church over the years but worship has continued here for 1300 years. We will be having a guided tour of this lovely old church where we will be able to hear more of its history.
In the afternoon we will visit Copped Hall. This will be a chance to see restoration in progress. Copped Hall is a Palladian mansion of 1753-8, burnt in 1917 and asset stripped in 1950. From 1986 to 1995 a prolonged campaign was fought to save the mansion and its Conservation Area from repeated large-scale development proposals. Architect Alan Cox, who was very involved in the campaign, raised the finance to enable the specially formed Copped Hall Trust to acquire the freehold of the hall and gardens in 1995. Alan leads special tours to show how the hall and gardens are being brought back from extreme dereliction. Most of the house and all of the gardens can be visited. This should be a fascinating tour.
The cost for this trip will be £40 per person, which will include coach travel, guided tours of both venues and a gratuity for the driver. The coach will depart from Wine Rack, Ridgeway Road at 9.00am and from The Hart at 9.15 am, returning at approximately 6.30pm.
Please note, lunch is NOT included.
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