Thursday 17th July 2014 –

Leader: Sue Fox

Syon House and Garden

Syon takes it name from a monastery founded in 1415 by Henry V. After the Dissolution it was given to Protector Somerset who rebuilt it much as it is seen today. On his death it reverted to the Crown until it was granted to the Percy family, now the Dukes of Northumberland, who own and live in it to this day. In 1762 the 1st Duke retained Robert Adam to remodel the house, resulting in a magnificent set of state rooms, arguably his finest work. At the same time he had Lancelot “Capability” Brown redesign the gardens.

Cost for the day will be £29, This includes coach hire, entrance to house with guided tour, entrance to the gardens and the Great Conservatory. Meals are not included. Drinks, hot meals and snacks are available in the Refectory.

Coach boarding points are (1) Lidl, High Street, at 8.30am and (2) Tonbridge Farm Sports Ground, Darenth Avenue at 8.40