Open Gardens at Clifford Manor

Open Garden Visit - Clifford Manor

Tuesday 13 June, 10.30 - 4.00 pm

This is a very rare opportunity to visit the gardens surrounding the manor house in Clifford Chambers, as the guests of Sir Peter Rigby and Marian Cartter. The grounds are extensive, including a medieval moat, and back onto the River Stour.

The manor of Clifford dates back to Saxon times, and was given to Gloucester Abbey in about 1099. The abbey established a grange at Clifford Chambers, and in the late 15th or early 16th century a timber-framed farmhouse was constructed. During the Civil War the house was requisitioned by the Parliamentary forces, and General Sir Thomas Fairfax lodged there in June 1645.

The 18th-century manor house is Grade II* listed. In 1918 the timber-framed house was seriously damaged by fire, and the architect Edwin Lutyens was commissioned to reinstate it. Further changes to the gardens were made jointly by Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll in the 1920s.

Advance booking is essential for members of the Stratford Society and their guests. The charge will be £10 per head, including refreshments. All proceeds will go to the Friends of St. Helen's Church, Clifford Chambers, towards the cost of renewing the church heating system.