The Twentieth Century Society

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Trip to Woodgreen and Fordingbridge – Richard Hordern’s Yacht House and Studio North – former Augustus John studio -Saturday 8 June

On this tour we will visit two notable houses in Hampshire. The day starts in Woodgreen where we will visit Windrush (known also as The Yacht House, 1984) designed by architect Richard Horden, and built by his sister, who still lives in the house, and her husband. Based around a flat aluminium frame and built using boat masts, spars and fittings, it was featured in C20’s 100 Houses, 100 Years book. The owner is kindly letting us visit the main part of the house and grounds but has requested that no photographs be taken inside the house.
At 11.45 pm we will return to cars and take lunch break. There are limited options for lunch and we recommend a picnic if it is a nice day. Otherwise there are pub options. This is not included in the price.
The second house of the day is painter Augustus John’s former studio in Fordingbridge (see pic, below). A Grade-II listed building designed by architect, ‘Kit’ Christopher Nicholson (1933) it was later turned into a house. Again, no photographs to be taken inside the house. Please note that the current owners have active bee hives in the garden. We will also be able to see the statue of Augustus John at entrance to Fordingbridge (1964-67) by Ivor Roberts Jones, the Regal Cinema, Fordingbridge – a 1933 cinema that closed in 1965 and which is now owned by tech company, Corintech. Those interested in the Augustus John connection may want to visit Drawn from Life, a celebration of John’s contribution to 20th century British art at The Salisbury Museum.

Meet: 10.30am Saturday 8 July outside the Community Shop, Hale Road, Woodgreen, Fordingbridge SP6 2AJ. Please note that cars are necessary for this trip as it is some way from the nearest station (Salisbury). Please park at the rear of the Village Hall next door.
Finish: late afternoon with a cream tea in Fordingbridge or quick drink in the Regal Cinema, 35 Shaftesbury Street, Fordingbridge SP6 1JF

Book through Places very limited. Payment information: £7 payable in cash on day.