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Church Stretton History Group - Events



Please note that, because of speaker illness, we have had to change the advertised programme at very short notice several times this year. We have now prepared a list of reserve talks in case this happens again so, in an emergency, we may present a different topic from that advertised. 

The cost for members attending the talks is £2 and for non-members, £4.

Monday February 20th, 2023

2.00pm at the URC Hall

Nigel Baker: The Lost Regency Summerhouse Site of Attingham Park


In 2018, while evaluating the course of new roads near the walled garden at Attingham Park, archaeologists found a five-metre square brick building with stone cladding, marble fragments and painted glass in the demolition debris. It was an unknown summerhouse built for the second Lord Berwick c.1813-14 in the Attingham late Georgian Neoclassical style. Four years later it has been revealed as the principal building of a walled enclosure which also contained an oval pool, probably a plunge pool, and a second stone-clad building interpreted as a dedicated service range, all built at the same time and all lost to view since the early/mid-19th century.

Since then, evidence of further building on the site has been uncovered, resulting in increased speculation on the function of the structures, including the theory that they formed a “Love Nest” for the spendthrift second Lord Berwick.

Visitors are welcome to attend this talk for £4.00 (members £2). Recent talks have been very popular so please arrive in good time for our 2.00pm start.



Monday March 20th, 2023

2.00pm at the URC Hall

Tony Birdwood: Heart of Wales Railway

Monday April 17th, 2023

2.00pm at the URC Hall

Marcus Cash: Offa's Dyke and the Battle of Pilleth

Monday May 15th, 2023

2.00pm at the URC Hall


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