Group sings hymns of Frances Ridley Havergal where they were written
John Newton Manse "Amazing Grace"
ICJ put together a one-of-a-kind tour of British hymn writers and locations where they wrote and ministered in England and Wales. It was fascinating, well thought out, and we got way more for our money than ever expected. They have great contacts in Great Britain.
David Talbott, Mount Hermon Association, CA
British Hymnsing and Tour
DAY 1 TRANSATLANTIC
Overnight flight to London UK.
DAY 2 BRIGHTON / SALISBURY
After arrival we drive to Brighton on England’s south coast to visit the place where Charlotte Elliott wrote "Just As I Am" and where she is buried. We continue to Salisbury.
DAY 3 OKEFORD / EXETER
From Salisbury, we travel the six short miles for a visit to Stonehenge. Continuing, we stop at St. Nicholas church in Child Okeford where William Kethe was vicar and authored "“All People That on Earth do Dwell.” Arthur Sullivan also had roots here. Then we travel on to Exeter.
DAY 4 EXETER / BRIXHAM / DARTMOOR
This morning in Brixham we visit the church, home and harbor of Henry Lyte who wrote "Abide with Me;" then, travel to Lew Trenchard Manor, home of Sabine Baring-Gould writer of “Onward Christian Soldiers.” He was the real life subject of Henry Higgins of "My Fair Lady." We have tea in the Manor dining room
DAY 5 CHEDDAR GORGE / BRISTOL / CARDIFF
Leaving Exeter we travel north through Cheddar Gorge and stop at the rock outcropping which inspired Augustus Toplady to write “Rock of Ages.” Continuing to Bristol and the New Room of John Wesley and the home of Charles Wesley, the great Methodist hymn writers of hymns like “Love Divine,“ “All Loves Excelling“ and “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing,“ among others. Then to Cardiff, Wales for dinner. Subject to availability, we hear a Welsh male choir tonight in concert.
DAY 6 CARDIFF / LLANDOVERY / ABERDARE
Driving from Cardiff, we arrive at the farmhouse of William Williams the writer of "Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah" . We enjoy singing around the family piano. Afterwards, we travel on through the Welsh countryside to Stratford upon Avon back in England for overnight.
DAY 7 HODNET HALL / ASTLEY CHURCH
Today we visit Hodnet Hall where Reginald Heber wrote "Holy, Holy, Holy.” We continue to Stourport on Severn and the Astley Church where in the Manse Frances Ridley Havergal was born and where she wrote "Take My Life and Let It Be" among hundreds of others.
DAY 8 STRATFORD / OXFORD / LONDON
It's a literary day with a visit to William Shakepeare's Stratford Upon Avon. We see his birthplace and the house of Anne Hathaway. Continuing toward London, we stop for a visit to the Kilns, the home of C. S Lewis, before continuing to London.
DAY 9 OLNEY / CAMBRIDGE / LONDON
Today we travel north again to Olney to visit the William Cowper (“There is a Fountain”) and John Newton ("Amazing Grace” Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken”) Museum with its beautiful gardens and 18th century summerhouse. We also visit the church where John Newton was vicar. We continue to Stoneyard Baptist Church, Cambridge where Robert Robinson wrote “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.”
DAY 10 LONDON
It’s a full day tour as we visit Bunhill Fields Cemetery burial place of Isaac Watts (“O God, Our Help in Ages Past,” “Joy to the World"“ and scores more). Then across the street to John Wesley's Chapel, house and gravesite. We see the flame monument at Aldersgate Street and visit St. Paul's Cathedral. Tonight we enjoy a West End musical.
DAY 11 LONDON
This morning we see the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace before visiting Westminster Abbey. We visit the Tower of London in the afternoon.
DAY 12 LONDON / USA
Enjoy our return trans-Atlantic flight and arrive in the US
William Williams Farm"Guide Me, O Thous Great Jehovah
Cheddar Gorge "Rock of Ages" Augustus Toplady
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Brixham harbor home of Henry Lyte "Abide With Me"
I went on a hymn writer tour with ICJ that was beyond my hopes and expectations! The guide was fantastic, the schedule was good and the extras, such as London theater and Welsh Men's choir were excellent. This was probably the best tour I've been on. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the UK, history, or church music.
,Nancy W., Santa Maria CA