August Outing to Arley Hall

Arley Hall was built in a Jacobethan style, between 1832 and 1845 for Rowland Egerton-Warburton. Today this Grade II listed building is owned by Viscount Ashbrook and his family. Its beautifully maintained and magnificent gardens (initially created in 1830s) are also Grade II listed. The Garden’s Herbaceous Border was one of the first of its type in Britain, and remains one of its finest.
Arley Hall is a prime a film location and is used for special Charity events, weddings and corporate functions. During the 2nd World War it was an important Military Hospital.

Walking to the Hall, and climbing the magnificent staircase

Whitley WI were privileged to be taken on a private tour of the house for our August Outing. We were shown round by Geoffrey Lomas, who explained to us a lot about the history, previous owners and current owners of the house. The beautiful needlework and watercolours created and painted by Elizabeth Ashbrook (and other family members) made a very homely feel.

A two course meal in the Gardeners Kitchen was enjoyed by all. Thank you to the Arley Staff who stayed late to serve us.

Jean P, E Jean P, Joan P, Joan B, Dorothy and Irene enjoing their meal

Rain was in the air when the WI had the chance to wander around these beautiful gardens. They looked stunning in the evening sunset, and yes…the Herbaceous Border was at its most magnificent best.


In the Gardens… beautiful flowers and spectactular views

Thanks from all Whitley WI members to our organisers, Ann T, Ann B and Lorna, for their planning of this August evening outing

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