Today, Tuesday, there was a tour of Spetchley Park Gardens. These lovely gardens surround a house built in the Grecian manner:
The lunchtime organ recital took place in St Swithun’s Church:
There was a chantry on this site as long ago as the 13th Century and the present church was built in 1736. It is no longer a consecrated church but since 1977 has been managed by the Churches Conservation Trust. In his book ‘The History and Antiquities of the City and Suburbs of Worcester’, published in 1796, Valentine Green says of St Swithun’s that it is ‘ well lighted by a single set of windows; is well pewed, and uniformly neat’.
Wednesday takes concert goers from one side of the county to the other, in the morning to Hanbury Hall:
and in the afternoon to Great Malvern Priory:
The original church on the site of the Priory dates from the 11th or 12th century. It was rebuilt in the 15th century, while it was the conventual church of the Benedictine Priory. After the Dissolution, it was bought by the parish to replace their parish church. It was extensively restored in the 19th century but retains many original Norman features. It is particularly noted for its quantity of fine 15th century stained glass windows and for its 15th century tiles.