7 September 2019 – Bentley Priory & Headstone Manor
Headstone Manor – here we enjoyed a guided tour of this historical site with its partly moated manor house and interesting barns. Records for the site which survived the developments of the 1930’s, date back to 825 AD. In addition to the tour there will be time to learn a little of the social history of the area through the interesting displays in the Manor House. There is a small café and a picnic area.
Afterwards we continued to Bentley Priory, the mansion used in WWII by RAF Fighter Command to plan the Battle of Britain. It is an interesting building designed by Sir John Soane and the final home of Queen Alexandra. We will have a short introductory talk before looking around the displays related to its wartime use.