Hanbury Hall to host more Vernon family events

HANBURY Hall is set to host more events in September to celebrate the life and travels of the Vernon family.

During the month the top Worcestershire tourist attraction will be looking at the enigmatic Emma Vernon (1755 – 1818) and her elopement to Portugal with the local curate, William Sneyd.

Emma inherited her fortune at the age of 16 following the early death of her father in 1771. She married Henry Cecil, heir to 9th Earl of Exeter. However, it was not a happy marriage and Emma became drawn to the local church curate. They became secret lovers and eloped to Portugal. Following William’s early death in 1793, Emma married for a third time, to John Phillips, executor to William’s will.

Starting on Saturday, September 1 and running until Sunday, September 30, visitors will be able to learn more about what life might have been like for Emma in Portugal, listen to Portuguese music, and take the special opportunity to see Emma’s prayer book on display.

Visitors will also be able to enjoy a special afternoon tea for two in the tea-room throughout September.

Then on Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30 visitors will be transported back to 1805 as Emma returns to Hanbury Hall with her third husband, John Phillips. The event weekend will give visitors the chance to meet members of the family, see the dining room set for an evening party, and tuck into delicious Portuguese themed food in the tea room. The event runs 1pm – 4.30pm.

Visitor Services Manager Alice Eddy said: “These events are the penultimate in a series of exciting activities to celebrate the different places that the Vernon family visited or were inspired by. We’ve had a great time finding out more about the family’s travel experiences and hope visitors will enjoy discovering more too, as well as joining in with the celebrations.”

For more details call 01527 821214 or visit nationaltrust.org.uk/hanburyhall

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