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VISIT TO FIRLE PLACE, NEAR LEWES - Sunday 15 June 2003

A total of thirty-eight Club cars from both Central-Southern and South-Eastern Sections enjoyed the splendid setting of Firle Place in glorious sunshine. Set in extensive parklands beneath the South Downs, Firle Place near Lewes has been the home of the Gage family for over five hundred years.

The setting for our motor cars just below the main garden walls was ideal and many members were able to enjoy picnics or the delights of the tea-room and restaurant in the rose garden. Although the house guides were a little overwhelmed by the numbers of visitors on the day and some members encountered a slight delay in getting places on the conducted tours, the wait was worthwhile and most members were able to see the magnificent house and contents and learn such facts as how the green plum was renamed the greengage after a family member.

All had a splendid day and it was a particular pleasure to see so many older motor cars with half of the numbers present representing models built up to 1965. Clearly we need similar amounts of sunshine at future events - organisers please note!

Simon Buck - Section Committee Member


Firle Place
Photo: Ian Burt