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VISIT TO PETWORTH HOUSE AND PARK
Sunday 4 July 2004

Over twenty Club cars and their occupants braved some early drizzle to arrive at Petworth House where we had been given exclusive parking on the lawns near the house. A small display consisting of one model from each decade from the 1930s to 2000 (except the 1940s) was also possible.

By mid-morning the drizzle began to increase in its strength and then rain continued for much of the day, accompanied by rather cold temperatures for early July. However, this did not deter some members from sheltering under trees to enjoy their picnic as best they could. Others decided that it was best to abandon plans and try the restaurant that is housed within the old servants' quarters - some even had a cream tea later in the day!

As it was a wet day there was an ideal opportunity for members to tour the interior of Petworth House that contains some of the finest collections of 300 paintings and 100 sculptures in the care of the National Trust. Rebuilt in 1688 around the ancient manor house of the Percy family Petworth has been the home of superb quality art from Van Dyck to Turner and intricate Grinling Gibbons wood carvings. The main staircase of the house is surrounded by realistic 'trompe lęoeil' painted walls and ceiling that keep most visitors intrigued initially.

It seemed as though we could have been at Wimbledon - as rain stopped play - and we all headed for home.

Andrew Honour - Section Committee Member


Display of cars   Petworth House
Photos: Ian Burt