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Visit The Wormsley Library and Garden - "The Art of The Book"
Thursday 09 May 2019

Join us on a very special trip to visit the Library and Walled Garden at the Getty family's Wormsley Estate near Stockenchurch in Buckinghamshire.

We are delighted to be able to go on one of these very extra special visits (only five are allowed each year). We will visit the rare collection of prints, illustrations and manuscripts (ancient and modern), and book bindings from all periods. We will then we will visit the Walled Garden and will be given a talk by the Head Gardener. 

The Walled Garden dates back to the mid-1700s, when the original garden was created by Richard Woods, a contemporary of 'Capability' Brown. Neglected for the best part of a century, the gardens were brought back to life by celebrated garden designer Penelope Hobhouse.

Set in rolling countryside outside Stokenchurch in Buckinghamshire, Wormsley is a private estate and has been home to the Getty family since 1985. The Estate is first mentioned in official records in 1106 and, since 1547, has been in only two families; the Scropes/Fanes and the Gettys.

The Estate continues to invest in this outstanding collection, which features the first edition of Caxton’s printing of The Canterbury Tales, Anne Boleyn’s Psalter and the first folio of Shakespeare’s “Comedies, Histories and Tragedies”.  Other highlights include manuscripts dating from the 12th to the 15th Century, important Bibles and extraordinary modern bindings.


The cost of this visit, including coach travel and a packed lunch, is £55 per person.

Further details are on the attached Booking Form which must be completed and returned together with your cheque in order to secure a place on this visit.

For more details of The Wormsley Estate visit the website