Visit to the Denney Exhibition and Lunch with Jill Norman

Thursday 24 October 2019

Rainham Hall, Broadway, Rainham, Essex RM13 9YN

Time: 11am to 3.30pm
Price: There are different prices for this event depending on whether you are a member of the National Trust or not. If you are a National Trust member the price is £12.50 for Guild members or £17.50 for non Guild members but please do remember to bring your NT membership card with you. If you're not a National Trust member then places cost £22.50 for Guild members or £27.50 for non Guild members.

Event Information

Discover the world of Anthony Denney: a fashion photographer, interior designer, food stylist and style icon who exerted enormous influence on post-war Britain.

Denney worked extensively with food writer Elizabeth David styling and photographing her layouts for Vogue magazine in the 1950s as well as several of her books. He also helped design her shop in London.

The day will include a chance to explore the house and gardens (where you will find the tree that supplied David with mulberries) and an Elizabeth David inspired vegetarian lunch (and a glass of wine) prepared by Guild member and supper club host, Sam Bilton. After lunch Sam will lead a Q&A session with Jill Norman (below) who worked with both David and Denney.

Rainham Hall, built in in 1729, is a rare survivor and remarkably fine example of Queen Anne style architecture. It was designed as a home, to be lived in and used. Nearly 50 different families and inhabitants have resided at the Hall, including merchants, artists, vicars and architectural historians before the National Trust took ownership in 1949. Anthony Denney was the tenant at Rainham Hall between 1964 and 1969.

The Hall is currently hosting an exhibition The Denney Edition: Celebrating an icon of 20th century style, which includes objects and photographs from Denney’s personal life, with the Hall presented as if it were a magazine with spaces including the gardens representing themes of fashion, jewellery, arts, interiors, food, gardening, and travel.

To book you place for the Denney Exhibition and Lunch email and do let us know whether or not you are a National Trust member. There are two ways to pay:

  • Internet banking: If you have internet banking and would like to pay that way, the Guild's bank account is at HSBC's Esher branch, sort code 40-20-26 and the account is in the name of the Guild of Food Writers, account number 21142607. Please quote your name as the reference when making a payment.
  • By cheque: Please send a cheque, made payable to the Guild of Food Writers, to Jonathan Woods, The Guild of Food Writers, 255 Kent House Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 1JQ.

Getting to this Event

Rainham Hall, Broadway, Rainham, Essex RM13 9YN

By train
Rainham (Essex) rail station is very close by, 176 yards (170m), and is only a few minutes’ level walk from the Hall. Trains are operated by C2C Services via London Fenchurch Street station (located near Tower Hill Underground). Check TFL website for best route.

By road

A1306 (exit at junction for Rainham, Aveley and Purfleet) or A13 (exit at junction for Rainham, Ferry Lane).

Parking: Please note that there is no parking at Rainham Hall but there are nearby options including Rainham Tesco, which has 3 hours free parking for customers. Adjacent to this is a Council pay and display car park. Parking is also available at Rainham railway station. All these options are less than 5 minutes walk from the Hall.

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