Hidden Gems of Chiddingfold – Fully booked

11th August 2018, 10:30 - 15:30

Join the Chairman, Chris Howard and local historian and plant enthusiast, Jack Salway for a guided day exploring the hidden gems of this picturesque village. The name Chiddingfold, “Chadynge’s fold” or “Chiddingefoulde”, is derived from the Saxon meaning the fold (enclosure for animals) in the hollow. The village became famous for glass-making during the reign of Elizabeth I. Chiddingfold glass was used in some of the finest buildings in the land including St Stephen’s Chapel, Westminster and St George’s Chapel, Windsor.

Enjoy a talk by Jack Salway on the famous Chiddingfold resident, Sir William Bragg OM KBE PRS (1862 – 1942). Scientist and mathematician, he invented the first X-ray machine and went on with his son, William Lawrence Bragg to uniquely share the 1915 Nobel Prize in Physics for their services in the analysis of crystal structure by means of X-rays. The mineral Braggite is named after them. We will then visit the church where he is buried and look at his famous plaque.

You will then have some free time to wander around this beautiful village centre and enjoy a picnic on the Green or lunch in the café or one of the pubs in the area.

In the afternoon we will visit Mr and Mrs Salway’s surprising tropical garden – complete with banana trees! The garden is quite steep, with uneven stairs and steep banks. So anyone with weak knees or ankles will not be able to access the garden.  Following the tour of the garden, join us on the lawn for afternoon tea.

You can join us for the morning talk, the afternoon garden visit or for the whole day. The pricing is as follows:

  • Morning talk and church tour (includes coffee and biscuits on arrival and donation to the church): £5.00 for members and £6.00 non-members.
  • Afternoon Garden tour (includes afternoon tea): £5.00 for members and £6.00 for non-members.

Booking is essential. If you would like to join us, please book your spaces online at the bottom of the page or alternatively complete and return the downloadable form here below to arrive at Warren Farm Barns before Monday 6th August 2018. Please include your e-mail address or a stamped addressed envelope so you may be sent full details, directions and locations for the visit. 


For further details and enquiries, contact us at or on mobile 07530 949302.

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