May 16-24, 1999 Tour of England

Narration by Jocelyn Wingfield - Family Historian

Sunday, May 16, Dinner

Leave Dulles (Washington D.C.) Airport in the evening by British airways flight non-stop to London. Overnight flight. Dinner aboard.

Monday, May 17, Breakfast, Dinner

Breakfast aboard the flight
Morning arrival at Heathrow Airport, London
Transfer to Hotel Tower
Lunch on your own
Check in
The balance of the day is free
Welcome dinner and overnight

Tuesday, May 18, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Continental Breakfast
St. Benet's Church, Paul's Wharf
The College of Arms
Lunch at the "George Inn"
Lawn Tennis Museum at Wimbledon
Church of St. Sepulchre
Return to the Tower Hotel
Cash bar, private dinner and overnight
Wednesday May 19, Breakfast, Dinner
Continental Breakfast
Tower of London
Lunch on your own
The Settlers Memorial
Arrive Ipswich and check in the Swallow Belstead Brook Hotel Belstead Brook Park, Belstead Road,
Cash bar, private dinner and overnight
Thursday May 20, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Continental Breakfast
Otley Hall
Lunch at Otley Hall
Church of Letheringham
Orford Castle
Return to Hotel Belstead Brook
Cash bar, private dinner and overnight
Friday, May 21, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Continental Breakfast
Check out of hotel
Depart for Village of Wingfield
College of Wingfield
Church of Wingfield
Wingfield Castle for group photo
Lunch at de la Pole Arms
Kimbolton Castle and Stonely Priory
Arrive George Hotel of Stamford
Cash bar, dinner and overnight
Saturday, May 22, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Continental Breakfast
Morning free for relaxing, shopping or independent sightseeing
Lunch at Empingham - home of member John Parry-Wingfield
Tickencote Church
Tickencote Hall
Return to hotel
Cash bar, dinner and overnight
Sunday, May 23, Breakfast, Dinner
Continental Breakfast
Check out
Lunch on your own in Windsor
Windsor Castle State Apartments
St. George's Chapel
Arrive Hilton Hotel, Heathrow Airport
Check in
Cash bar, farewell dinner and overnight
Monday, May 24, Breakfast, Dinner
Continental Breakfast
Check out
Lunch on board
Arrive at Dulles in the afternoon

Some sites of Wingfield significance to be visited on the England tour

The College of Arms
The Heralds here design, authorize, issue and record all coats of arms for England. John Wingfield was made York Herald here in 1663. It was his son, Thomas (b. 1664) who immigrate to Virginia in 1680 and is the ancestor claimed by many American Wingfields today. You will get a behind the scenes tour of this ancient facility.

St. Benet's  Paul's Wharf
St. Benet's is the church of the College of Arms. It was burn down in the Great Fire of London in 1666 and was rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren in 1683. Here the WFS presented the John Wingfield York Herald Banner in 1988. coffee is planned here with the present York Herald.

The Church of St. Sepulchre
John Smith (of Jamestown fame) is buried here. There is a stained glass window honoring Smith and his sponsors. You will also see the Virginia Colonization Kneeler Collection that includes among other a kneeler of Edward-Maria Wingfield (donated by the WFS), John Smith, Pocahontas and Bartholomew Gosnold.

Jamestown Settlers Memorial
This monument was removed several years ago to accommodate major construction. Before our visit it will have been reinstalled near the location on the River Thames whence the Jamestown settlers sailed in 1606. The monument shows the names of the key members of the colonists including Edward-Maria Wingfield, John Smith, and Bartholomew Gosnold.

Tower of London
Built by William the Conqueror (1066-1087), one of the earliest stone fortifications in Europe, it was used as a royal residence, prison and armory. It now houses the Crown Jewels and is a major tourist attraction. In 1440-41 sir Robert Wingfield of Letheringham and Badingham, Suffolk was put in the tower for nine months for a political offense. In 1540, as Captain of the Yeoman of the Guard, Sir Anthony Wingfield, K.G. arrested Thomas Cromwell, the strongest man after the king and put him in the Tower; in 1549 he put the Regent, Somerset, in the Tower.

Otley Hall
Stunning Otley Hall and its gardens is one of the most fascinating houses in England. It is the 16th century moated ancestral home of the Gosnold family, 3 members of which sailed with Edward-Maria Wingfield to Jamestown in 1606. It is form this area (+ Stonely & London) that Edward-Maria Wingfield and Bartholomew Gosnold recruited 40% of the 105 colonists. You will have lunch here.

Moated Letheringham Hall came to the Wingfields when Sir Thomas Wingfield married Margaret Bovile in about 1361. Sir Thomas was the brother of Sir John Wingfield of Wingfield. The noble Old Hall was pulled down in 1770 and an attractive farmhouse now sits on the site.

The Church of Letheringham
This ancient and historically interesting church reflects the Wingfield's 3-centuries presence and contains several Wingfield brasses including one of Sir John Wingfield of Suffolk, 1389. It is one of the largest brasses in England.

Orford Castle
Built in 1165-1173 and still in remarkable condition. Sir Henry Wingfield, Knight of Rhodes, 4-greats grandfather of Thomas Wingfield of York River, VA was Governor of Orford Castle in the 1480s. He is the ancestor of the Upton, Tickencote and Mattaponi (Virginia) Wingfields.

The Village of Wingfield
Wighefelda is recorded in Doomsday Book of 1086. At one time Wingfield was the seat of one of the most powerful families in England. in the 14th century Sir John de Wingfield inherited considerable property through his marriage to Alianore Glanville. It was by his will that the College was established and church rebuilt. He died about 1361 without a son, so his daughter, Katherine  inherited  his estate which passed to the de la Poles when she married Michael de la Pole. De la Pole became the Earl of Suffolk.

Wingfield College
There is irrefutable evidence that parts of the College were formerly the main Wingfield manor house (ca 1300). It was rebuilt into the College in 1362. Sir John Wingfield, Chief of Staff to the Black Prince, died of the plague about 1361. His wife Alianore and brother Sir Thomas carried out his instructions to build the college.

Wingfield Church
The Church was also rebuilt by Sir John's wife, Alianore and his brother, Sir Thomas the year after he died (ca 1361). Sir John's impressive monument and effigy is visible today, together with the tomb and monument of his grandson (and son of his daughter, Katherine nee Wingfield, Countess of Suffolk), Michael de la Pole of Wingfield Castle, 2nd Earl of Suffolk; as is the monument and effigy of his great great grandson, John de la Pole, 2nd Duke of Suffolk & his wife Elizabeth Plantagenet (sister of Edward IV and Richard III) of Wingfield Castle. The Church was refurbished in 1837, 1866 and 1997.

Wingfield Castle
Permission to "castellate" his manor house was obtained by Michael de la Pole, husband of Katherine Wingfield and daughter of Sir John Wingfield, in 1384. The moated castle with its Tudor manor house is the only inhabited castle in Suffolk, and one of the last in England. Today it is a private residence but it appearance remains the same as when it was built.

Kimbolton Castle
Kimbolton is chiefly known as where Queen Catherine of Aragon spent her last years. She died in "the Queen's Room" in 1536. Charles Wingfield, uncle of Edward-Maria Wingfield, owned the castle at the time of her death.

Stonely Priory
Stonely Priory dates back to about 1220. Thomas-Maria Wingfield, Sr. and Margaret Wingfield lived here when their son Edward-Maria Wingfield (the founder of the Jamestown Colony in 1607) was a boy. Edward-Maria Wingfield wrote his "A Discourse of Virginia" here in 1608. There is a WFS memorial plaque to him on the wall.

Long a Tickencote Wingfield Manor. You will be the guest of Lord & Lady of the Manor John & Sue Parry-Wingfield in their beautiful Queen Anne house for lunch. You will see John's private historical artifacts of the Wingfield and Lee families. One is an enormous 12-ft heritage scroll prepared by John Wingfield, York Herald (1663). (See St. Benet's).

Tickencote Church
In the attractive English hamlet of Tickencote, a stop to see this memorable church is a must. Many Wingfields are buried here including the grandparents and grandfather of Thomas Wingfield of York River VA (1680). The WFS helped with recent church repairs.

Tickencote Hall
The original 1433 great house came into the family in 1592 as the home of Sir John Wingfield, the great grandfather of Thomas of York River, Virginia (1680). In 1947 the main manor was sold and dismantled and the stables were converted into the present manor. The setting is spectacular.

Windsor - St. George's Chapel
This awe-inspiring Garter Chapel was built 1475-1508. amongst the 56 stalls are two Wingfield stalls with Garter plates for Sir Richard Wingfield and his nephew, Sir Anthony Wingfield. Sir Richard was the grandfather of Virginia's founder, Edward-Maria Wingfield. The two Wingfield coats of arms are also in the roof of the stunning, restored St. George's Hall inside the Castle.