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Burghley House in Stamford is one of the grandest of the Elizabethan period.   William Cecil, treasurer to Elizabeth I, started to build it in 1555, finishing some 30 years later.   Generations of the family have filled its 35 grand rooms with wonderful treasures and it now contains a superb collection of Italian Old Masters, fine furniture, a world famous collection of ceramics and more.  We shall start our visit with an introductory talk with coffee/tea and biscuits, and then you will be free to explore the house and the Capability Brown gardens and grounds. Lunch and snacks are available from the two cafes, or bring a picnic. We shall leave at 5.00 pm to return to Norwich by c7.00 pm.