It is quite a few years since the Byron Society visited Newstaed Abbey and I am very pleased to say that we have arranged a visit, in conjunction with the Newstead Abbey Byron Society, for Saturday 2 September. We hope as many members as possible will wish to attend. Guests of members will also be welcome.
As part of the programme the present Lord Byron, Robin, will give a talk entitled ‘Byron and his Ancestors’.
As most of you will know, Newstead was an Augustinian Priory founded in the 12th Century and acquired by the Byrons at its dissolution in 1539. It remained in the Byron family until sold by the poet and 6th Lord Byron in 1817. It is now both a fine country house and a Byron museum.
In addition to visiting Newstead, we will visit the church where Byron and his daughter Ada are buried, following which Geoffrey Bond has very kindly invited the society to visit his home, Burgage Manor, in Southall where Byron lived with his mother. Geoffrey has a fine collection of items relating o Byron.
Details of the visit are attached. The basic cost of the day, including lunch at Newstead, is £20. For those travelling by train, see attached, there will be ad additional charge for minibus transport to and from Newark Station and to Burgage Manor, of £15.
Please let me know as soon as possible if you wish to attend and it you will be coming by train or by car.