Heritage visit to Hall Barn on 20 September 2.30 pm

This is a rare opportunity to visit Beaconsfield’s famous estate and manor house, which is not normally open to the public. Tickets are limited.

Our Heritage Visit this year will take place on Wednesday 20 September when we will be visiting Hall Barn, the home of the Lawson family since 1881. We will be hosted and guided by the Hon Jenefer Farncombe daughter of the 5th Lord Burnham.

History and Background

Hall Barn 2006. Photograph by Pat Butler

Hall Barn can be traced back to the 13th century and over the years, the house has been adapted to meet the needs of the time. Today the outside closely resembles that of the original building, a Victorian wing having been demolished. Of particular interest is the gatehouse where the ‘Barley-sugar’ columns have been restored. There is a wonderful collection of books in the library as well as numerous paintings and many items of period furniture. There is a delightful figure of a boy and his dog which is made of copper coated in silver. The Banqueting Hall had a display of awards and decorations presented to members of the family. The Banquet Hall was once the stables and can be identified by two doors leading to the exterior, which are taller than the remainder.

How to get there

The Hall Barn estate is approached from Windsor End entering by the ornate gatehouse on the right hand side of the road. Follow the estate roadway to the house where you can park. Beware of the speed humps in the estate.

Our visit will start at 2.30pm and members are asked to assemble by the entrance to the house where the will be ample parking space. A member of the Hall Barn staff will be available to assist where necessary. This year we have to limit the number of visitors to a maximum of thirty (30) so regrettably this must be on a “first come first served” basis. For security reasons, no photography is permitted.

Cost and Booking

Arrangements have been made for the party to have tea at Hall Barn, which, weather permitting, will be taken on the terrace. A formal charge for members will not be made but a charge of £6 per head will be payable for guests.

Members wishing to visit Hall Barn are requested to let John Burton know at 11, Gibson Road, Booker, HP12 4QW or (Telephone 01494 538206 or on E-Mail jgb_burton@hotmail.com) not later than FRIDAY 8th SEPTEMBER with any remittances for guests.