Thursday 11 July 2019, 10.30am-4.30pm

Booking is now open for this special day visit to Castle Howard to study the work of Nicholas Hawksmoor as designer of garden features and garden buildings. It will be led by Dr Chris Ridgway, Curator at Castle Howard, and Dr Sally Jeffery, who has been researching Hawksmoor’s work on the gardens. It will focus on Wray Wood, where recent research reveals that Hawksmoor made designs for elaborate rockwork and watercourses and pedestals for some of the many statues, as well as designs for the two temples on its east wall and for the Mausoleum nearby. The day will begin with a welcome by Chris and a private view of items in the Castle Howard archives which relate to the design of Wray Wood and the buildings there and nearby. These will include bills, accounts, lists of statues, maps, and drawings for the temples and mausoleum. We will also see copies of recently-identified Hawksmoor drawings for rockwork and streams in Wray Wood (which are not kept at Castle Howard) and Sally will speak about them. Before lunch, we will look at two of the important statues from Wray Wood which are no longer in situ – the Apollo and his original plinth, and the Venus from the now demolished Temple of Venus. Lunch will be in the Courtyard Café, followed by a walk through Wray Wood, a view of the site of the Apollo, and the surviving statue plinths, a visit to the Temple of the Four Winds (designs made by Hawksmoor, but built to those of Vanbrugh), and a visit to the Mausoleum, which will be opened for us. The day will end with tea and a discussion.

Tickets: £70 for GT and CGT members; £90 for non-members

For further information look on The Gardens Trust website: or contact sally.jeffery2 [at] or 07817 128147

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