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Sion Hill Hall and Gardens Kirby Wiske 12th June 2011
Sion Hill Hall is one of the last Edwardian country houses to be built in Yorkshire prior to the Great War, the hall sits in open countryside, surrounded by charming gardens and parkland. The house is of outstanding architectural merit, having been designed in 1913 by the renowned architect Walter H. Brierley of York, who was known as 'the Lutyens of the North. The collection of fine antiques and works of art was formed by Herbert W. Mawer Esq. from the 1930's onwards. Today, the tradition of collecting continues, with new acquisitions made by Michael Mallaby Esq. who now lives at Sion.
On arrival, we were welcomed by Michael who conducted us on the tour of the fascinating collection of antiques and works of art. The hour long tour took us through the beautifully furnished principal rooms.
Some members went on to enjoy the thrills and excitement of a falconry display at the
Birds of Prey and Conservation Centre, which has over 70 birds and 30 species.
Eagles, Falcons, Hawks, Kites, Vultures and Owls who swooped and dive around you as you sit in a beautiful English garden. The skilled handlers explained why the birds hunt and fly as they do, where they come from in the wild and how they are trained.
Unfortunately the weather once again let us down with cold wind and then rain. Good old England!!!!!!