On Thursday 20th July 2017 there will be an excursion to Lamport Hall and Hallaton Church led by Alan Langton.
This excursion will first call at the Leicestershire village of Hallaton for coffee and a tour of the church which Pevsner calls one of the most imposing of Leicestershire churches, with a Norman tympanum, three windows in the chancel by Kempe, a Norman font, and a Saxon grave marker.
We then drive to Lamport Hall, bequeathed to a Preservation Trust in 1976 when the last owner died. Much restoration has been accomplished since the eighties. Originally built by the Isham family, who lived here for four centuries, the hall is famed for its John Webb classical facade begun in 1655 when Sir Thomas was granted a baronetcy by Charles I, as well as for its magnificent collection of art and furniture. We have a tour booked for 2.00 p.m. after a lunch in the Victorian Dining Room. There will then be free time to explore the extensive gardens and the church before we leave for Nottingham about 4.00 p.m.