Ray Ward was kind enough to organise a trip to Marlborough College which took place last Friday, 21st of March, not knowing anything really about Marlborough College, I was not sure what to expect. There was a lot to see and take in, and without taking notes for the whole trip, what follows is essentially a photo report of the trip.
The trip started rather well with a sighting of a duck and ducklings in the Priory Garden beside the river:
From there we walked around to C building which started life in the 1700s when it was an upmarket coaching inn for travellers en route from London to Bath. The advent of the railways meant traffic was diverted away from Marlborough and the building was then used as a school for clergy before becoming Marlborough College in 1842 when the other building were added.
We went into the smoking room of C building and looked at some of the wonderful book collection with Simon McKeown who has given the Friends a talk on the old bible collection.
I was particularly impressed with a book about Avebury by William Stuckley:
Here is a portrait of Lady Hertford :
This entry is long enough now, I'll continue in part 2.