Forde Abbey was built by Cistercian Monks in the twelfth century. It is a family home of the Roper/Kennard families with 35 acres of magnificent gardens which open to the public. It is very much a local treasure and the interior is magnificent with its Great Hall and the Tapestries.
Christian’s father, Richard Tyler, was for some years the Architect for Forde Abbey, and Christian returned to the area in his retirement.
Christian has written several books including Wild West China: the taming of Xinjiang, Fred Cuming RA: a figure in the landscape and, of note in this year of the conductor’s memorial concert, Making Music: Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.
Christian spent thirty years as staff writer on the Financial Times, holding various posts and was a feature writer, columnist and book reviewer for Weekend FT. He was nominated for British Press Awards and Pulitzer Prize.
He will offer us a fascinating insight into the history of Forde Abbey.