Booking Months: September and October
Cost: To be advised
Christopher Vane, Chester Herald will show us round the College of Arms and tell us about the history of the College and the history and architecture of the building, also the work of the heralds and their uniforms, English heraldry, the granting of arms and their descent and the design of arms. We’ll be shown the Earl Marshal’s Court and the Records Room with documents dating back to the 16th & 17th century. Our visit concludes with light refreshments.
Earlier, during the afternoon, we have a guided tour of the Guildhall Great Hall, which has been the centre of City government since the Middle Ages, and visit the Guildhall Art Gallery, established in 1886 as ‘a Collection of Art Treasures worthy of the capital city’ and see works dating from 1670 to the present, including 17th-century portraits, Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces and a range of paintings documenting London’s dramatic history. If time permits, we’ll visit the Roman Amphitheatre beneath the gallery.
We’ll depart the Bear Hotel, Wantage at 12pm and return, departing College of Arms approx 8.15 – 8.30pm arriving back in Wantage around 10pm.
Numbers are limited to 20 for this trip.
PLEASE BRING A PACKED LUNCH TO EAT ON THE COACH