MENU
THE ARTS SOCIETY
GORING ON THAMES
Click here to view previous visits

DateVisit
29 April 2020KNOLE
19 May 2020BERKELEY CASTLE
25 June 2020MADRESFIELD COURT and THE FIRS (Elgar’s birthplace)
06 July 2020ALTHORP HOUSE

Click on a row and scroll to display more details about the Visit

KNOLE
Wednesday 29 April 2020

Knole is one of the most important historic houses in Britain.  It has passed through the hands of archbishops, kings and many generations of the Sackville family. 

What we see today is a remarkably preserved and complete early Jacobean remodelling of a medieval archiepiscopal palace. From an even older manor house, it was built and extended by the Archbishops of Canterbury after 1456. It then became a royal possession during the Tudor dynasty when Henry VIII hunted here and Elizabeth I visited.

From 1603, Thomas Sackville made it the aristocratic treasure house for the Sackville family, who were prominent and influential in court circles. Knole's showrooms were designed to impress visitors and to display the Sackville family’s wealth and status.

Highlights include paintings by Reynolds and Gainsborough, the Spangle Bedroom with its magnificent textiles embellished with hundreds of silver gilt sequins, rare silver furniture in the King’s Room, the C17 “Kussencasat” discovered in pieces in the attics and painstakingly rebuilt and the famous C17 Knole Sofa with its distinctive high back and sides. 

BOOKING FEBRUARY AND  MARCH