Bedfordshire Local History Association

Coach Trip to Canons Ashby House, nr Daventry, Northants –  Wednesday 20th April 2016

Organised by Carlton and Chellington Historical Society

Date: Wednesday 20th April

Timing: The coach will depart from Carlton at 9.30 a.m., and will return at about 5.30 p.m.

Cost: £13.50 for NT members, £22.00 for non-members.  Price includes travel and entrance.

Contact for places: June Wood, 4 Pavenham Road, Carlton, Bedford MK43 7LS, Tel. (01234) 720689, E-mail

Payment: Cheque or cash to our Hon. Treasurer above, cheques made payable to Carlton & Chellington Historical Society.

Destination:  Canons Ashby House was built by the Dryden family, using the remains of a mediaeval priory.  The house and gardens have survived largely unaltered since 1710, and are

presented as they were during the time of Sir Henry Dryden, a Victorian antiquary, passionate about the past.  The warm, welcoming house features grand rooms, stunning tapestries and

Jacobean plasterwork, contrasting with the domestic detail of the servants’ quarters.  The kitchen, in particular, is a remarkable survival.  The house is surrounded by a formal garden,

where spring flowers should be out at the time of our visit.  There is also an orchard, featuring varieties of fruit trees from the 16th century, and the remains of a church belonging to the

former priory from which the house gets its name.  Refreshments are provided at the Stables Tea Room, where we will have lunch (not included in the price of the ticket), and afternoon tea if desired.


Mike Pratt, Chairman, Carlton & Chellington Historical Society

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