History Group Visit – July – Stanway House

10 members had a most interesting visit to this beautiful house on the Cotswold escarpment, between Stow on the Wold and Tewksbury.
Stanway’s first owners were Odo and Dodo, who founded the monastery in Tewksbury in 715 AD, and endowed it with Stanway Manor,
together with the first house built there. Over the years the Manor was very industrious with Fulling mills, and unusually the house has changed hands only once.
Sir William Tracy lived in nearby Toddington, and in 1530, the Abbey at Tewksbury ceded ownership to his son Richard Tracy. The male Tracy line died out in 1770, and 
Thomas Tracy’s niece Susan inherited the Manor. She was married to Francis Charteris, the 7th Earl of Wemyss and their decendant Jamie, 
the 13th Earl of Wemyss is the present owner. 
The house is very much a family home with some interesting pieces of furniture and portraits of all the owners. A spectacular water garden has
been created, and includes a single-jet fountain, which at 300 ft high is the highest gravity fed fountain in the world. 
Our guide talked about the many famous politicians, artists and writers who had stayed at Stanway over the years, and entertained us with anecdotes
about some of the various owners. We were given afternoon tea and cakes, after which the fountain was fired up for us to marvel at.
We all enjoyed our visit, and I’m sure it’s a House we will visit again.