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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Trip to Marlborough College 24th September

Another sunny day for our second trip to Marlborough College. 

After walking through the grounds we stopped by the Shell Grotto that is nestled under the Mound,

now confirmed as a contemporary of Silbury Hill.  We then walked throughout the Rose Garden up the steps to the Chapel.

This amazing painted reredos may seem a bit high church for an Anglican school. 
The Morris and Co stained glass from a Burne Jones design was commissioned by architect
Bodley who Morris himself had worked with on his first stained glass project in Brighton.

The Spencer Stanhope paintings are spectacular and have caused some amusement amongst the college students this one being referred to as 'the appendix operation'.

We then met Simon Mckeown, head of History of Art at the school, who took us to B house to look at a few of the books from the antique book collection. Including the works of antiquarians, William Stukely, Richard Colt Hoare and William Cunnington.

A lot to look at including a comprehensive collection of Marlborough newspapers from the 18th century featuring international and local bulletins.

This was followed by a short walk to St Peters Church for lunch followed by a talk and tour of the tower by Jeremy York who will be giving us a talk in the new year on his time in Poland during the 1980s. These views from the tower show the College chapel and the High Street looking East.

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