Coach trip to Diss and Earsham Hall, Thursday July 7.

The first “out of town” excursion this year is a coach trip to Diss and Earsham Hall, on Thursday, July 7.

Upon arrival in the morning, our colleagues at Diss will play host at the historic Corn Exchange which was refurbished only a few months before the first pandemic lockdown. They will be providing refreshments on arrival and then guided tours of this historic building. There will be plenty of time to wander around this charming and historic market town before departing in early afternoon to Earsham Hall.

This fine country mansion is both a private home and host to the family business of antique restoration. It has a fascinating history going back to the start of the 1700s, with a connection to Bury St Edmunds, as alterations to the building in the mid 1700s was undertaken by John Soane, later Sir John Soane, the same architect who substantially altered James Oakes’s house and banking headquarters in Guildhall Street. Soanes’s most famous work was the design of the Bank of England and 11 Downing Street.

Our afternoon at Earsham Hall will be rounded off with a cream tea within the hall, hosted by the owners.

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