Chavenage House and Tetbury

Date(s) - 16th Nov 2022

Chavenage House


This morning we will visit Chavenage House, a charming Elizabethan Cotswold manor house, which is the private home of the Lowsley-Williams family.

The estate once belonged to Princess Goda, sister of Edward the Confessor. Over the years it passed into the hands of Thomas Seymour before being seized by the Crown. The current house was built by Edward Stephens in 1576 and played a role in the English Civil War, leading to some fascinating myths, legends and ghostly tales.

A private guided tour of the house will reveal many anecdotes as well as fine seventeenth-century tapestries, furnishings, pictures and weaponry from the era of Oliver Cromwell, who, it is said, once slept in one of the
tapestry rooms. While there have been later additions – such as an Edwardian ballroom and Victorian church – much of the house has changed little over the last 400 years.

If the picture looks familiar, many of you will recognise the house from television and film productions such
as Lark Rise to Candleford, Wolf Hall, Poirot and, of course, Poldark. In the latter, Chavenage played the part of ‘Trenwith’, the ancestral home of the Poldark family.

Refreshments will be served on arrival at the house followed by a private guided tour.

From here, we move on to the market town of Tetbury, known for its café culture, medieval streets and stylish
independent shops (with, perhaps, the temptation of some early Christmas shopping). Here there is free time for lunch and individual exploration. Maps and directions will be provided.

We depart Tetbury at about 3.45 p.m. for Cheltenham.

Group leaders: Martha Alleguen and Ro Kaye

Cost per person: £36
Pick up points: Evesham Road Pittville Pump Room bus stop (townbound) 9.10 a.m.; Royal Well Coach Station 9.20 a.m.; Six Ways (by St Edwards School) 9.30 a.m.

If you have any questions please phone Martha on 01242 526601.

Terms and conditions for our trips and talks can be found here. Non-members welcome.

Please book using one of the following options:

  • On-line bookings with a debit or credit card can be made using the form below. Alternatively you may reserve your place, select the ‘off-line’ payment option and pay by bank transfer or cheque.
  • Bank transfer – please email and wait for confirmation that places are available before arranging your bank transfer.
  • Cheque – please complete a booking form (download here or available in the Friends’ newsletter) and post it with your cheque.

Places are not confirmed until payment is received.

Bank transfers should be made to Friends of The Wilson (or as much of that as the bank will accept) Sort Code 30-91-87 Account 00005816. The reference must include your surname plus as much of the event title as will fit, for example SMITH Chavenage.

Please make cheques payable to Friends of The Wilson and send with a SAE or clearly written email address to Martha Alleguin,7 Sydenham Road South, Cheltenham GL52 6EF.


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