The Three Johns Educational Visit provides a fascinating insight into the lives of three generations of the family that lived at Cannon Hall.
John Spencer (1719-1776)
John Spencer was responsible for many improvements at Cannon Hall including the extension of the hall and the creation of the gardens as you see them today. He employed a landscape Gardener Richard Woods of Chertsey, Surrey and a gardener called Thomas Peach. Together they created a garden that was the height of fashion for the day.
John Spencer-Stanhope (1787-1873)
John Spencer-Stanhope was something of an adventurer. In 1810 England was waging war against Napoleon's armies but John set off by boat to study the ancient battlefields of Greece. This was called the Grand Tour. He was captured in Gibraltar by the French and imprisoned, Napoleon personally agreed for John to be freed. John did get to Greece bringing back carved marble tablets and reputedly a pip of a grapevine. The Cannon Hall Muscat Grapevine still grows today but is also grown commercially in the vineyards of Western Australia.
John Montagu Spencer-Stanhope (1860-1944)
John Montagu Spencer-Stanhope lived at Cannon Hall at the end of a golden age. The ballroom and the Victorian kitchens were built by his father Sir Walter Spencer-Stanhope to celebrate his marriage. The Victorian era at Cannon Hall was a time of many balls and Cannon Hall was known as Roast Beef Hall because the cook's roast dinners were so good!
This visit gives children and accompanying adults the opportunity to explore the history of Cannon Hall through drama, model making and cooking. You will all be immersed in the historical atmosphere and sample the delights of fruity bread cooked on our Victorian range.
To ensure your place is booked with us; first check the availability with the Learning Supervisor, Joanne Mair. Once you have made a provisional booking and completed and returned the booking form to Cannon Hall we will confirm your place.