The Weald of Kent and Sussex
3rd - 6th June 2019
One of a series of unique, small-group, tours, led by the key experts in the field, exploring the impact of technology on our great country houses and the people who lived and worked there.
Led by Dr Ian West
3 nights, half-board
Register interest

Planning is at an early stage for this tour but we hope to include at least the following properties:

  • Petworth, a 16th century house in West Sussex with lots to see including a very impressive kitchen and the restored 18th-century water-powered pump, which supplied water to the Petworth estate
  • Bateman's – The former home of Rudyard Kipling in East Sussex where the key element is the preserved hydro-electric generator
  • Nymans - The principal attraction for us will be the two generator houses, one built inside a mid-19th century timber Riding House, and the opportunity to visit the ruins of the original house (not normally open to the public), where there is much interesting evidence of the technology used. However, most visitors go to Nyman’s for the spectacular gardens, so we’ll need to leave some time for that too.
  • Scotney Castle near Tunbridge Wells, Kent, which has a history going back to the 12th Century but the present house, dates from the 1830s and has some technological interest, but what makes this worthwhile is the contrast between this house and the ruined medieval castle, which the present house replaced
  • Salomon's Estate where we will visit the little museum there devoted to David Salomon’s work, the amazing theatre in which he held demonstrations of scientific experiments, the best-preserved early motor houses in the country, the original electrical generator and battery house and the fabulous Edwardian stables.

In the meantime please register interest if you think you might like to join us and information will be sent to you as soon as it is available.

For any other information please contact:

Bill Barksfield
Managing Director
Heritage of Industry Ltd, The Gables, 20 Main Road, East Hagbourne, Oxon OX11 9LN UK
Tel: +44 1235 352275  (9am - 5.30pm GMT)