Group sings hymns                                        of Frances Ridley Havergal                                   where they were written

Group sings hymns                                        of Frances Ridley Havergal                                   where they were written

ICJ puts 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.                          

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

Cheddar Gorge       "Rock of Ages"       Augustus Toplady

British Heritage of Hymns Tour

John Newton House

MAY 11-22, 2020

Cheddar Gorge Rock of Ages

and Ken and Sherry Carter.

William Williams Farm "Guide Me,   O Thou Great Jehovah"

     $ 4848 double occupancy                   
Land only $ 3648                 Single Supplement $ 679


John Newton Manse  "Amazing Grace"

                                                       Brixham harbor                                               home of Henry Lyte   "Abide With Me"

William Williams Farm



Brixham Harbor low tide

David  Talbott and Carla    


DAY 1                                                                                                      TRANSATLANTIC
Overnight flight to Manchester UK.

DAY 2                                                                         MANCHESTER / HEBDEN BRIDGE
After arrival we drive to the small village of Hebden Bridge. Here John Fawcett, saddened by his intent to leave his local congregation, wrote “Blest Be the Tie that Binds.” 

DAY 3                                               HODNET HALL / ASTLEY CHURCH / STOURPORT
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 4                                                                                        LLANDOVERY / CARDIFF  Driving from Stourport, we arrive at the farmhouse of William Williams, the writer of "Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah."  We enjoy singing around the family piano and then visiting the churchyard where he is buried. Afterwards, we travel on through the beautiful Welsh countryside to Cardiff for dinner and overnight and to enjoy a rehearsal of a famous Welsh men’s choir.

DAY 5                                                               BRISTOL / CHEDDAR GORGE / EXETER
After breakfast, we continue 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. We continue toward the south coast of England and stop in Cheddar Gorge where we see the outcropping of rock that inspired Augustus Toplady to write “Rock of Ages.”

DAY 6                                                                        DARTMOOR / BRIXHAM / EXETER  
This morning 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. Returning, we stop in the quaint village of Brixham and visit the church, home and harbor where  Henry Lyte wrote "Abide with Me."
DAY 7                                                              CHILD OKEFORD / BRIGHTON / LONDON
Leaving Exeter we travel east along the southern shore of England. Along the way, 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 (Gilbert and Sullivan) also had roots here. We continue to Brighton on England’s south coast to visit the burial site of Charlotte Elliott who wrote "Just As I Am." We continue to London.

DAY 8                                                                                                                   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. We visit St. Paul's Cathedral; then, the Tower of London in the afternoon.

DAY 9                                                                                                OXFORD / LONDON
We enjoy a day trip to the Kilns, home of C, S, Lewis, in Oxford and the churchyard where he is buried. We visit the University and also have a chance to have lunch on our own in the pub where C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien once lunched together.

DAY 10                                                                       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 11                                                                                                              LONDON
This morning we see the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace before visiting Westminster Abbey. 
We take a trip to Windsor Castle, one of Queen Elizabeth's favorites. Back in London, we enjoy time on our own.

DAY 12                                                                                                   LONDON / USA
Enjoy our return trans-Atlantic flight and arrive in the US.

                                                                                                               CST 1006380-10


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