UK Tour 2015


As arranged by Sally Kneifel, Past LHA President


Tour Participants are responsible for their flight arrangements.  Flights are to arrive at Manchester Airport on Wednesday, June 24, where transfers to Northwich are arranged.

Wed June 24 FLIGHTS ARRIVE MANCHESTER AIRPORT at various times throughout the day.  Transfers from the Airport to the Northwich hotel, NUNSMERE HALL HOTEL where the group will stay for four nights. Depending on arrival times a coach trip into nearby Northwich will be arranged by anyone who so desires.  Before dinner a Welcome Meet and Greet hour to get the group all together.


Thu  June 25 Touring Leftwich historical sites, actual itinerary pending upon availability.  Many of these Leftwich historical sites are listed on the back page of this announcement.  An added tour to the Little Moreton Hall, which resembles the Old Leftwich Hall will be included.


Fri June 26 Tour Davenham Church, a very old church with the possibility that a church was on its present site from the 700’s, according to the past Vicar, Rev. Christopher Rees.

The VERNONS and the LEFTWICHS were attendees, and some are buried there.  The church was located within the manor of SHIPBROOK, and owned by the VERNONS.  On the south side of the chancel of the church is another chancel, divided off by AN ANCIENT CARVED SCREEN WHICH CAME FROM THE OLD LEFTWICH HALL.  The North Transept was known as the LEFTWICH CHAPEL.  MARY LEFTWICH, of SHIPBROOK, asked in her will of 1642, to be buried IN THE LEFTWICH CHAPEL.  It is also believed that she gave Ralph Leftwich, our emigrant, the funds to go to America.  The timing would be right.

Derek Whitfield was able to locate the Leftwich Hall Memorial at a monument company in nearby Macclesfield.  We plan to have a re-dedication ceremony with this Leftwich Memorial at the Leftwich Old Hall Green as one of the highlights of the 2015 Leftwich Legacy Tour.


Sat Jun 27 Full day in historic town of Shrewsbury.  First a visit to the Shrewsbury Library which houses the Shrewsbury School from years past. In 1581 three Leftwich brothers attended school where they lived in Riggs Hall.  Their names are listed in the school register. You will see the High Cross in the center of town where in 1403 Richard Vernon was beheaded in the Percy Rebellion against the King.

Lunch on your own in town with time to explore this lovely city.  Afterwards we will see the site of the Percy Rebellion where Robert Leftwich was killed.


Sun Jun 28 Attend Sunday morning service at the St. Wilfrid’s Davenham Church officiated by the new Rector, the Reverend Rob Iveson.  A member of this parish is scheduled to be ordained during this Anglican service.

We leave Northwich and drive through a lovely traditional area called the Cotswolds, where there is a collection of beautiful towns and villages in the heart of England.  The towns are typically English and a perfect place to stop for photos and perhaps a cup of English tea before we proceed on to the city of Bath, long famous for its Roman history.  Upon arrival, time will be given to obtain lunch at a local pub or restaurant. Continuing on for a visit to the famous Roman Baths where the entrance fee has been included for a self guided audio tour.  When we finish the coach driver will transport us to the  MGALLERY HOTEL BATH ST. FRANCIS.  Once settled in our rooms, you may decide to dine in the hotel at your cost, or you may wish to visit one of the many eating places right on your door step.  Our driver will give us options if you choose to dine out other than the hotel.


Mon June 29   This morning takes us to the prehistoric area of Stonehenge to see the stones  The tour (entrance included) gives us  a short ride to get close enough to get some great photos of the stones. Following this visit we make the short journey to Salisbury where we enjoy the stunning Salisbury Cathedral which is home to one of just 4 original copies of the 1215 Magna Carta.  Included in your cost is High Tea which includes tea, scone, jam, cream, ½ round sandwiches and cake in the Cathedral’s Refectory.  Free time is then given to explore this historic city before making our way to Windsor on the Thanes.  En route there will a stop at Runnymede where the Magna Carta was sealed.  This is an important time as the date this occurred was 800 years ago this year.  We will be at the Castle Hotel on the Thames and dinner will be included each evening with the exception of our day in London.


Tue June 30    Today is an excursion to one of the oldest sites of our Leftwich ancestors, namely Battle Abbey, the Battlefield and the coastal town of Hastings from which William the Illegitimate landed his troops with the intention of dethroning King Harold.  After he defeated the King, he became known as William the Conqueror in 1066.  Our Vernon ancestor who came from the village of Vernon in Normandy, namely Richard de Vernon, fought with William and after the victory he awarded Richard de Vernon by knighting him and giving him many lands in Mid England, very close to where the Old Leftwich Hall is located.  The land awarded Sir Richard de Vernon was called Shipbrook and is now known as Shipbrook Farm.  We arrive at Battle Abbey for a tour (included in the cost) and some free time to walk around the grounds.  Then we head for some sea air in the town of Hastings where we enjoy time for lunch (not included). Afterwards we will make a stop at Pevensey Castle where William stationed his troops.  There are only two Saxon castles remaining in England, this is one of them.  Good place to walk around and take photos (time pending). Return to hotel for late evening meal.


Wed July 1   Windsor is a historic Tudor town with lots of English history. There is a tour of Castle (included in the cost).  Beyond this the day is free for you enjoy.  Eaton College is just a short walk across the bridge in town which is worth seeing.  In addition, if you did not get enough information on the Magna Carta, there is a boat ride on the Thames to the site of Runnymede which give a running history of the event.   The town has lots of memorable souvenirs and shopping in general.


Thu July 2   This is our day in London.  Our first stop is the Southwark Cathedral, where you will find Leftwich history.  Inside is the effigy of William Shakespeare with four coats of arms underneath, carved in stone.  The one on the furthermost right is the Leftwich Coat of Arms which tells us that the Leftwich family was a patron of William Shakespeare.  Of all the patrons of William Shakespeare, only four are listed in this Cathedral, which must have indicated the prominence and influence of the four shown.  We follow on to the Globe Theatre where many of William Shakespeare’s works were presented.  A tour there is very worthwhile (cost included).

Following this you have free time to enjoy the South Bank of London with cafes, pubs, bars, and restaurants, as well as a fantastic view across the Thames of the Tower of London as well as countless views up the river towards Westminster or down the river to the village of Greenwich. There are two options for the rest of the day: 1) Walk across the Tower Bridge which is a thrill in itself.  On the other side you can walk to the Tower of London or you can take a boat ride from the dock at the base of the bridge, which can take you to Greenwich Village where you can see the origin of Greenwich time, or you can choose a boat ride up river to Westminster where there are many traditional London sites to see. OR 2) If you are not comfortable walking or exploring, you will be transferred by our bus to the Westminster area for short walks to take photos, i.e. Buckingham Palace etc.   At 6pm, we will meet at the appointed place announced by the driver, and  he will transport us to a traditional London Pub where we enjoy a traditional 3 course Pub dinner.   After dinner we will make the return drive to Windsor.


Fri July 3 Today we travel to Chester and enjoy a stop off in  Shakespeare’s Stratford Upon Avon for some free time which includes a visit and tea at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage plus a 45 minute sail on the River Avon to see the local area.  (the visit, tea and sail included in price) Once we arrive in Chester, we stay at the ABODE HOTEL, right in the City Centre, on the route for the open top bus, and easy walking distance everywhere.  This evening dinner is not included so you have the choice of eating at your cost in the hotel, or visiting one of the many restaurants close by.  Suggestions will be offered.


Sat July 4 INDEPENDENCE DAY IN AMERICA and a free day of exploring a very interesting city.  Chester is considered one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.  Here we can experience some Leftwich history within the city. Make sure you go to the Visitor Center for lots of information on what’s available. Dinner included at our hotel this evening to celebrate our independence.


Sun July 5 Today we travel into Derbyshire to visit Haddon Hall  owned by the Vernon family for years with beautiful gardens. (guided tour included)  Inside the All Saints Parish Church, opposite the organ is the area called  the Newark, which  contains the Vernon Chapel with memorials to the Vernon and Manners families.

After photos we visit the lovely town of Bakewell, famous for Bakewell pudding.  The Information Center in Bakewell has colorful Coats of Arms on the gables.  On the end wall is the Coat of Arms of the Manners and Vernon family, ancestral owners of the nearby Haddon Hall.

The Bakewell Pudding was inherited by mistake.  The cook at the Rutland Arms put jam into the bottom of a pastry case, instead of on top of the mixture.  The customers really liked it.  Now the original and secret recipes are still available for shoppers.  Rest of the day free time near foundation of Old Leftwich Hall for photos and absorbing the history there. Private dining for our Farewell Gathering to reminisce and share your favorite happenings on the tour. OVERNIGHT CHESTER (B,D)

Mon Jul 6 Return transfers to the Manchester Airport for our flights home.

Leftwich Legacy Tour 2015 Booking Details

Tour arrangements are being made by Carol Ogden of David Ogden Tours.   Please contact her for further information,, Telephone +44 01744 606176, or address Baxter Lane, Sutton, St. Helens, WA9 3DH UK.

You will log onto their web site and find the Leftwich Legacy Tour 2015.  There is a “Keyword Search” box at the top of the page, enter  Leftwich and click.  You will be directed to this tour and be able to register the names of the individuals traveling with you, choose the type of accommodations (twin beds, double beds) and specify any dietary or special requests.

Payment will be by credit card or bank transfers.  The prices quoted are in US Dollars ($) but you will be billed in Pounds Sterling (£).  Amounts billed may vary slightly due to the Daily Exchange Rates.

The approximate costs will be based on 2 people sharing a room and will depend upon how many LHA members sign on to the tour:

Based on a minimum of 20 persons ——$2464.00 pp

Based on a minimum of 30 persons ——$2304.00 pp

Based on a minimum of 40 persons ——$2224.00 pp

Supplement for 1 person sole occupancy $1160.00

A Non Refundable Deposit of $240.00 pp (£150) will be taken from your card on completion of the booking form and a holiday confirmation will be forwarded, showing the amounts in Sterling.  The cut-off for booking is February 28, 2015.  The final Balance of the holiday is due April 29, 2015, the final price will depend on the numbers attending the LLT2015.  David Ogden Holidays will send you an email confirming the final amount due and requesting your payment details on April 27, 2015.

Scale Of Cancellation Charges  Cancelling 56 days BEFORE Day 1 of the tour, refund to the client 100% of the amount paid minus the deposit (APMTD); 49-55 days 70% APMTD; 22-48 days 50% APMTD; 8-21 days 30% APMTD; 0-7 days 10% APMTD.  Day of Departure and on any day of the tour, no refund to the client including the deposit.



A Message from the LHA President

Join the Leftwich Cousins for the 2015 Leftwich Legacy Tour to England!

With the suggestions of Sally Leftwich Kneifel, former LHA President, and Howard S. Thurmon, LHA Heritage Editor, our tour group will visit many Leftwich related sites that encompass Leftwich history in England.

You would not want to miss sitting in the Leftwich pew in Acton Church (Nantwich), seeing the Leftwich Coat of Arms in Southwark Cathedral, visiting the site of Old Leftwich Hall and touring other sites in Windsor, London and Chester.

The tour will be packed with unforgettable experiences so plan to join us on this Leftwich Historical Association adventure with “all things Leftwich” in the Summer of 2015.

Morgan David “Dave” Howard, LHA President

 Leftwich Legacy Tour 2015—Hotels

Nunsmere Hall Hotel is 30 minutes from Manchester Airport, located in the Cheshire countryside on the A49.
Tarporley Road
Oakmere, Northwich
Cheshire, CW8 2ES

Tel:  01606 889100
Fax:  01606 889055

4 Nights: Wednesday, June 24 through Saturday, June 27, 2015

Francis Hotel is centrally located in historic Queen Square near the Circus, Royal Crescent and Roman Baths.
Queen Square, Bath
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 424105
1 Night:  Sunday, June 28, 2015
Mercure Windsor Castle Hotel is a 4 star hotel located in Windsor, opposite the Royal Guildhall.
High Street
SL4 1L3, Windsor
Tel: +44 1753 252800
Fax: +44 1753 856930
4 Nights: Monday, June 29 through Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Abode Hotel is a few minutes walk to the center of Chester
Grosvenor Road, Chester, CH1 2DJ
Tel: 01244 347 000
Fax: 01244 405826
3 Nights:  Friday, July 3 through Sunday, July 5




St. Helen’s Parish Church at Witton:  there is a beam of the four wardens of the church carved in it, one of them being WILLIAM LEFTWICH, in 1641.

Davenham Parish Church is dedicated to St. Wilfrid and is the church of the Manor in which LEFTWICH is situated.  The first place of worship on this site is believed to be a Celtic one about 900 years ago.

The Salt Museum:  the first known record linking LEFTWICH with the salt business is 1306.

The Percy Rebellion in 1403 at Shrewsbury:  ROBERT LEFTWICH, the Squire of LEFTWICH, SIR RICHARD de VERNON, Baron of Shipbrook fought against King Richard II.

Shrewsbury School:  founded by King Edward VI 1552; one of the original buildings has survived and housed three LEFTWICH brothers in 1581.

The manor of Shipbrook:  founded by Sir Richard de Vernon from lands given to him by William the Conqueror in 1066 for his support of William in the Battle of Hastings.

LEFTWICH GREEN:  site of OLD LEFTWICH HALL; first Hall destroyed in 1393, and in1495 a new large Tudor style LEFTWICH HALL was built and stood  until 1820 when it was pulled down.

LEFTWICH HALL:  Tudor building home of the LEFTWICHS during their most prosperous period.  Elizabeth LEFTWICH married William Oldfield in 1616 ending the LEFTWICH name.

Little Moreton Hall:  a good example of what LEFTWICH HALL looked like; it is exactly as it was in the 16th century and you can picture what it was like living in LEFTWICH HALL.

Winnington Hall;  the LEFTWICHS descended from the Winningtons who descended from the Vernons; parts of it from 15th century, now contains modern offices inside.

Effigy of William Shakespeare in Southwark Cathedral in London:  Marble carving of LEFTWICH Coat of Arms to the far right under the statue designating patronage.

St. Mary’s Church at Acton by Nantwich;  pew of 1635 shows the pew of RALPH LEFTWICH, the Emigrant, who cme to America to settle there in the mid 1600’s.

Church of St. Mary on the Hill at Chester:  Elizabeth Oldfield nee LEFTWICH, granddaughter of Ralph the last lord of Leftwich Hall named on a plaque on the Oldfield tomb.

Battle of Hastings 1066;  William Rufus conquered King Harold and became William the Conqueror who blessed Richard de Vernon with a barony and land at Shipbrook.

Chester Cathedral;  the spiritual heart of the Cheshire region

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