Froyle Vestment Exhibition and Open Gardens

Date(s) – 03/06/2017 – 04/06/2017
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Froyle in its own right is a stunning location. Look for the Saints on the cottages as you move around. Visit the church in Upper Froyle to see the beautiful vestments imported in earlier centuries . Later take tea in the village hall.

Walbury – 1/3 acre divided into 3 sections. Each area is packed with plants in colour themed borders to give the illusion of a cottage garden. There is strong emphasis on texture. Many David Austen roses are in evidence, also a fern collection, small water features, an Alpine house, vegetables and a fruit cage.

Day Cottage – A delightful, relaxed cottage garden set in a beautiful location with a charming atmosphere. Natural planting, grasses and a wild flower meadow make the garden sit comfortably within its setting. There are interesting water features and vegetables (

Glebe Cottage – A real surprise as you enter a tiny walled garden on the site of a double garage. Cleverly designed and planted with roses, honeysuckle and other climbing plants. Colourful containers add interest and the result is a little gem.

Bramlins – A flower arranger’s garden informally planted to harmonise with surrounding countryside. There is a conservatory with tender plants, secret scented garden, kitchen garden and small orchard.

Old Brewery House – The garden is still evolving after 3 years of planning and planting. In total there are 3 acres of which one acre is a paddock. Herbaceous borders,and a rose garden make up the main garden area. The orchard consists of a vegetable garden, fruit trees, natural pond and areas of woodland planting beneath mature trees. A nuttery is the most recent introduction.

Ford Cottage – Another beautiful cottage with thatch, situated in a quiet lane. Many interesting and unusual plants, roses and peonies. Outstanding vegetables, farm animals to amuse the children and a productive greenhouse in a pretty location with countryside views

Warren Cottage A new take on a garden previously open with Froyle Gardens. Building on the lovely existing garden there is new planting leading you into the newly opened up more mature garden. A cottage garden with lovely country views complete with 18th century barn. Mixed borders for year round interest . About 1/2 acre.

6, Coldrey Farm Road A small immaculate,colourful garden with well-maintained lawns.At the back there is a well stocked fish pond with a bridge and borders densely planted with colourful herbaceous and bedding plants.Lovely views from the rear garden.

Froyle Vestment Group


Back in March 2004 two people started sorting through a treasure trove of ecclesiastical Vestments, which the last Lord of the Manor, Sir Hubert Miller, had collected and were stored in atrocious conditions in the church. At the time none of us realized quite what we had fallen upon. After the initial foray by these two people the word was spread that St Mary’s had an unbelievable collection of Vestments dating back to as early as the 16thC. Immediately interest was roused and The Froyle Textile Group was founded.
From then onwards steps were made to start caring for this incredible Collection and various people in the village offered help in vacuuming, cataloguing, photographing and promoting this find. We now have a dedicated team who meet each Wednesday to care for these items. We have an annual exhibition and private showings all with the view of raising money to send certain items to professional conservators. Over the past 9 years together we have raised £18,000 from charities, exhibitions and private sources.

The story below, written by Caroline Bush in August 2004 tells of Sir Hubert’s commitment to the vestments.



Sir Hubert Miller spent part of the year in his villa in Venice. He had already installed a new organ in St Mary’s in 1903, and it is possible to infer that he wished to enhance the celebration of services there, not only musically but visually also, bringing as it were, an echo of Venetian beauty and splendour to his other existence in Hampshire by endowing this church with its magnificent collection of vestments.
My mother, who came to Froyle in 1934 with her mother and sisters, remembered that he had, some time before, built St Katherine’s Cottage in Upper Froyle to house the Sacristan for the church, a Miss Ralfe. So by then Sir Hubert considered there was enough work laying out and maintaining the vestments to justify a full-time Sacristan (The main duty of the Sacristan was the handling and laying out of the vestments for the priest). This is also borne out by my mother’s memory of High Mass being celebrated on the first Sunday of each month, and on important festivals, complete with priest, deacon and sub-deacon, when the cloth of gold garnet set, consisting of chasuble and two dalmatics, would have been worn.
The vestments have always been much appreciated by the inhabitants of Froyle and also by many of the the parish priests. One, William V Tunks (priest 1943-58) greatly admired the cloth of silver Corpus Christi chasuble, which he kept permanently on a convenient hanger and wore whenever possible. Other priests have found the weight of some of the vestments difficult and one or two have professed a mild unease of the ‘Roman shapes’ of certain chasubles, hardly sentiments allowable in a church whose dedication had escaped the Reformation.

This article reports the funeral of Sir Hubert Miller on October 8th 1940.

Today the Sunday Service is known as Holy Communion. The ladies caring for the vestments lament that they do not have a lady vicar as “the pink set would look lovely on her.” It would seem that the days of Anglo Catholicism have long gone.




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