SPAB Essex Group Visit to Warley Place

Essex Group Visit to Warley Place

Essex Group

General Interest
Warley Place
Warley Road,
CM13 3HU, Brentwood
United Kingdom

Including lunch: 

£24 Members and up to three non-member guests

£28 Non-members

Event details

Saturday 9 March, 10.30am - 4pm. £24 Members and up to three guests, £28 Non-Members

Join the Essex Group on a visit to Warley Place and the nearby Church of St Mary the Virgin. 

Warley Place was formerly the home of one of the most famous women gardeners, Miss Ellen Willmott. It is now leased to Essex Wildlife Trust as a nature reserve. 

Evidence of the house remains, including the cellars and conservatory. The walled garden retains much of Willmott's planting, including a ginkgo tree, some magnolias and palms. 

The garden is known for its show of blooming spring flowers, some of which we should be able to see, depending on the weather. 

We’ll also have a guided tour of the nearby St Mary the Virgin church, which was built in 1902. It is one of only three churches in the country in the Art Nouveau style and has been said to be the best preserved. 

Locally, it is popularly known as the ‘Pearl Church’, because of the mother-of-pearl decoration found inside. The interior also shows evidence of the Art and Craft movement and the influence of the pre-Raphaelites.  


10.30am Park at nearby cricket club and short walk to Warley Place
11am Tour of Warley Place
1pm Cold buffet lunch in the Thatcher's Arms
2.30pm Travel approximately one mile by car to St Mary the Virgin
2.45pm Tour of St Mary the Virgin
4pm Visit ends

A more detailed programme along with maps and directions will be sent to registered participants the week before the event.


Members are welcome to book additional places for their guests.


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Image credit: Warley Place © Kate Waterfield with thanks to the Essex Wildlife Trust

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