Wednesday 14 August 2013 8.30am
Quex Park at Birchington-on-Sea, Thanet, was home to many generations of the Powell-Cotton family. As well as the 200 year-old Quex House itself we will also be visiting the adjoining Powell-Cotton Museum which displays the huge collection built up be Major Percy Powell-Cotton. The Major travelled extensively around Africa, China and Tibet in the late 19th century and his collections include European and Oriental ceramics, ethnographic material and hunting trophies – culminating in a unique series of spectacular dioramas of mounted African game animals set within their natural habitats.
The visit photos.
The Grange, at Ramsgate, built by the distinguished 19th century architect and designer A W N Pugin as his family home. By the late 20th century the house had passed out of family ownership and had fallen upon hard times – fortunately it was rescued from possible demolition by the Landmark Trust, which restored it to its former glory and now rents it out as holiday accommodation. However, a small number of visitors are admitted for private tours on Wednesday afternoons. We also have the opportunity (also only rarely available) to visit the adjacent St Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, also designed by Pugin, where he is buried.