Barbers’ Outing to Burgage Manor: 1 June 2016

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Eighteen Barbers visited Southwell, Nottinghamshire on Wednesday 1 June 2016 under arrangements made by Liveryman Dianora Bond and her husband Geoffrey.  Having assembled at Newark station the party moved by bus to Southwell Minster, the Cathedral church of Nottinghamshire, where a church has stood since 956.  Building of the Minster itself was completed in 1170, to include the twin “pepperpot” towers on the West front, and its famous Chapter House was constructed circa 1300.   Of particular note was the Angel Window at the west end of the Nave, with modern glass designed and painted by Patrick Reyntiens.   The party then moved to Burgage Manor, the home of Geoffrey and Dianora, for lunch and to view the wonderful house and gardens.   Geoffrey is something of an expert on Lord Byron – who had lived at the Manor for part of his life – and has a “Byron Room” dedicated to the poet which includes an extensive library with some rare first editions of his work.  The Master planted a herb in a newly created Physic Garden within the grounds.  The day concluded with an afternoon visit to Southwell Workhouse — now a museum operated by the National Trust which faithfully depicts the austere life of those Victorian paupers who had to live there.