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March 2021 Lecture

-by ZOOM

The Early History of Purley Hall by Ben Viljoen

Friday, 5th March at 7.30pm

In this talk Ben will be describing the period when Purley Hall was known as Hyde Hall and was owned by the Catholic Hyde family. He will also be considering what we know about the early landscape of this historic area and what remnants of this landscape remain today.  Purley Hall is the only property in Berkshire, apart from Farley Hall and his work at Windsor, associated with Charles Bridgeman, the father of the English Landscape Movement.


BEN VILJOEN, a long-standing member and one of the founders of the Berkshire Gardens Trust, is one of our regular speakers.  He has done extensive research about Purley Hall and has published a book entitled “The Purley Red Book” about Humphrey Repton’s visit to Purley Hall in 1793.  This lecture replaces the planned Spring Lecture at Purley Barn

Booking: Please book online. The tickets are £5 each.  We will send you a Zoom link for the lecture a few days before the 5th March. The lecture will last approximately 1 hour, followed by questions.

Queries: Please contact Janet by email at; or phone Fiona Hope on 0118 984 3504 for queries about the lecture.

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