62nd Grand Chapitre, Oxford
29 September  –  2 October 2022

Matthew Arnold’s ‘City of Dreaming Spires’ is the location for our Grand Chapitre. A really fantastic opportunity to meet friends old and new and to learn more about this historical centre of learning. Founded in 1096, the prestigious University is the oldest in the English-speaking world and the second oldest globally. Consisting of 39 constituent colleges which are scattered throughout the city and whose beautiful sandstone buildings are a joy to the eye. This is a city for walking and our programme will included private walking tours.

The programme will also include a visit to the home of the Dukes of Marlborough, Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, a stunning World Heritage Site set in 2000 acres of grounds. Currently the 12th Duke lives there with his family. This was where Winston Churchill was born and lived as a boy. At the time of our visit there will be a special Churchill Exhibition. Our private lunch will be taken in the Marlborough Room.

Another trip will be to Waddesdon Manor. This fabulous house was built in the Neo-renaissance style of a French château, between 1874 and 1889, for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild. Originally nothing but farmland, the Baron wanted a country retreat built in the style of a Loire châteaux and soon engaged the French architect Gabriel-Hippolyte Destailleur. It was created as a place to entertain guests at Ferdinand’s famous ‘Saturday to Monday’ house parties. Over the years the family have assembled an amazing collection of internationally renowned art, from paintings to ceramics. The cellars now hold over 10,000 bottles, documenting 150 years of the Rothschild family’s ownership of two of the most famous Bordeaux vineyards, Château Lafite Rothschild and Château Mouton Rothschild.

We will have the privilege of dining in two famous Colleges. Our Gala Dinner will be held in Keble College, one of the larger Colleges: at just 150 years old it is a very fine example of Victorian Gothic architecture. More informal meals will be held at The Old Bank Hotel, the Cherwell Boathouse and Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons.

Finally, a very special and memorable venue – St Marys, the University College Church – is planned for members wishing to be inducted.

We look forward with hope to welcoming all members, national and international, to this 62nd Grand Chapitre.

For more information, please email: events@chaine.co.uk

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Oxford spires
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The Saloon at Blenhiem Palace
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Waddeston Manor