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Visit to Ellen Terry’s House, Smallhythe Place (Members Only)

September 24, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm


As Eleanor Fitzsimons wrote in her book Wilde’s Women: how Oscar Wilde was shaped by the women he knew: ‘Irving’s leading lady, the magnificent Ellen Terry, was described by Oscar as ‘the kindest-hearted, sweetest, loveliest of women’. The house she lived in for 29 years, and which she loved, was turned by her daughter Edy into a museum where her theatrical treasures and relics would be kept on display.
The Oscar Wilde Society is proud to organise an exciting visit to Ellen Terry’s house for its members.

Here is the program for the day:
09.30 am Depart London by bus from Temple Underground station
10.45 am Arrive at Ellen Terry’s House, Smallhythe Place
10:50 am Welcome and Guide Talk by a member of National Trust
11:15 am Talk on Ellen Terry and Oscar Wilde by Eleanor Fitzsimons
11:40 am – 1:15 pm Visit the Ellen Terry House
2.00 pm Visit the Tudor Church
2.45 pm Visit with tour – Chapel Down Winery
4.30 pm Bus departs for London Temple Underground station

The final cost will depend on the numbers attending but will certainly not be more than £40 per person. This covers the bus journey there and back, entry to the house, a sandwich lunch with a tea or coffee, talk by Eleanor Fitzsimons, and visits to the Tudor Church and the Chapel Down Winery.


We encourage members and their guests to reserve their places as soon as possible. We ask for a deposit of £15.00. There will be deductions for those members who are already National Trust members, and/or for those who do not wish to have the sandwich lunch there. Places will be allocated on a first come first served and are limited to thirty.

Please book your place by paying the deposit requested per person via PayPal to:, then by filling the booking form below.

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The closing date for Members’ bookings is 30 June 2016.



September 24, 2016
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Ellen Terry’s House
Small Hythe Rd, Tenterden Kent TN30 7NG United Kingdom + Google Map

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