*Please note date change from 18 June 2020*
We are delighted to invite our retired members to join us for a tour of Layer Marney Tower followed by a Ploughman's lunch. Whilst this event is predominantly for retired members, if other members wish to attend then you are welcome to come along.
England’s tallest Tudor Gatehouse, Layer Marney Tower stands within the Essex landscape, commanding views to the River Blackwater and beyond. Built in the reign of Henry VIII by Henry, Lord Marney, Layer Marney Tower is a statement house, that shows its original owner was rich, powerful and a friend of the King. The ornate terracotta decorations are of Italian design, the extravagant use of glass, diaper patterns in the brick work and its commanding height, add to its grandeur and importance.
Although this is a stunning and imposing building, Layer Marney Tower remains a family home, skilfully adapted for the perfect Essex wedding venue and also catering for receptions, conferences, parties, school groups in Essex all year round.
Visitors have been welcomed to Layer Marney Tower for over 500 years and we warmly welcome you to come and visit and find out more.
Generally led by one of the owners, Nicholas or Sheila Charrington, the guided tours go behind the scenes and into the private side of the house. A house not furnished with old Masters, you need generations of the same family for that, but quirky bits and pieces from which a real story of a family living in a real home, is pieced together.
Guided Tours do not go to the top of the Tower (although you are welcome to climb to the top after your tour) there are fewer stairs involved than for a casual visit and plenty of resting places on the way.
Meet at the entrance of the archway at 11:00, with the tour commencing at 11.15. The tour will be followed by a Ploughman's lunch, after which you are free to wander around the grounds at your leisure before you depart.
Contact: Claire Eve
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