In 1635 Sir John Bankes bought Corfe Castle as a family home and the following year he purchased the land where Kingston Lacy would be built by his son Ralph.....in 1981 a different Ralph Bankes offered the estates to the National Trust. It was the largest bequest that the National Trust ever received including
My background is as an art historian and as a guide at Kingston Lacy House, the beautiful National Trust property in Dorset. I have researched the history of the house and its original owners, the Bankes family, and now enjoy telling their extraordinary story either as a 1+ hour talk or as a shorter after dinner talk. The talks are fully illustrated - so I need a projector and screen (or I can supply my own). You will not be disappointed - in fact you will will almost certainly want to pay a visit to both Kingston Lacy and Corfe Castle as soon as you can arrange it! I'd love to come and share this great story with you.
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