The winners of the prestigious 2015 Hudson’s Heritage Awards were revealed at a lunch reception. Dan Snow, historian and broadcaster, presented the awards at Goldsmiths Hall in London with around 100 invited guests including owners and managers of the winning entries, representatives of the heritage tourist industry and the media. Established in 2011, the awards are an independently judged annual national scheme open to historic houses, gardens, museums and heritage sites and celebrate the very best visitor experiences.
The lunch was hosted by an independent judging panel of heritage experts including Chairman Norman Hudson OBE, heritage consultant; Lucinda Lambton, writer and broadcaster; Jeremy Musson, architectural writer; Simon Foster, consultant to Channel 4’s Country House Rescue and Ken Robinson, CBE, tourism business consultant. Accountancy and investment management group, Smith & Williamson, sponsored the award forBest Hidden Gem and Jarrold Publishing sponsored the award for Best Shopping.
At the awards, Upton Cressett Hall was named ‘Runner Up’ in the Best Accommodation category at the Hudson’s Heritage Awards in London at Goldsmith’s Hall. We were given our award – recognizing the ‘Best of British Heritage’ – by TV historian Dan Snow.
Since we use the Gatehouse as a writers’ retreat as well as for luxury heritage accommodation, I offered Dan Snow the chance to use The Gatehouse himself to get some writing done on his next book or TV project. He seemed interested in our offer to become an Upton Cressett Fellow. Certainly having him around would be a marvelous heritage boost for the area and I would hope that he would be happy to give a talk to locals about his work as a TV historian
Sir Bill Cash gave a special talk on Easter Monday at 3pm entitled: ‘Richard III and Upton Cressett’. The talk described the role the Cressett family played in the Wars of the Roses (the family were divided and changed sides) and how Upton Cressett hosted young King Edward V in April, 1483 as the eldest Prince in the Tower journeyed from Ludlow Castle to the Tower of London where Richard III is accused of murdering his two nephews.