Outings Report page 40
Camberley Probus outing 17th May to Stourhead and Stonehenge.
The weather for the day was set fair when we left Pine Ridge Golf Club, this was the prelude to a great day.
Stourhead Gardens were set out by Henry the Magnificent in the early eighteenth century when he and a team of fifty gardeners planted and tended beech , oak , sycamore, ash and holm oak along with a variety of rhododendrons and camellias . The centre piece of the gardens is the lake , achieved by damming the River Stour. The lake is surrounded by some magnificent buildings , the most spectacular are the Temple of Flora, The Pantheon and the Grotto.
The Palladian designed house is the home of the merchant bankers , the Hoare’s . The magnificent house is adorned with many splendid paintings and many examples of furniture made by Chippendale. The time passed very quickly , with so many things to see.
We then retraced our way back to Stonehenge. This is perhaps the most famous prehistoric
site in Europe. There is evidence of Mesolithic Posts on the site going back to 8500
The whole site has been greatly improved with the new visitor centre , with frequent buses from the centre to the stones .