Ferrar House is a small Retreat Centre set in the beautiful and peaceful rolling countryside of Cambridgeshire. The House, at the end of a narrow lane, looks out onto open countryside.
Ferrar House is unique. A place of peace and prayer.
Ferrar House is the perfect place for:
A small group of people enjoyed making and praying a Labyrinth in the garden of Ferrar House. Subsequent visitors to Little Gidding were delighted to discover it
and to walk it with prayer and thoughtfulness.
The next Labyrinth Day led by Kay Barrett will be on Thursday 30th June. To book a place please contact the Warden, Andrew on 01832 293383 or email Kay at firstname.lastname@example.org For further details please visit the Events page.
Ferrar House is next to the historic church of St John's Little Gidding.
Note – overnight stays are now self-catered, except by arrangement with the Warden
A slideshow of the House can be seen below.
Click on the thumbnails to enlarge, or click "play".
A wide variety of group and individuals have held retreats and quiet days or Training weekends at Ferrar House so far this year. Contact Andrew, Warden of Ferrar House, to discuss how the facilities of the house might be suited for you or your group.
One aspect of visiting Ferrar House is the view of the Horse Chestnut tree in the field in front of the House.
See above the ever changing view of the tree through the seasons.
There will be restricted access to Little Gidding on Saturday 5th June due to road closures locally to accommodate the TOUR DE CAMBRIDGE.
Roads closed between 11am and 3pm.
Congratulations to Christina Rees CBE who has been appointed to the new role of Dean of Little Gidding. Christina will take up her post on 1st August and along with the Trustees will guide Little Gidding into a new future of developing a centre for the study of Anglican Spirituality and the arts. After mid July the only accommodation available for Retreat will be the Wardens Flat. The House will still welcome individuals and groups for Quiet Days and Training Days.
2016 Pilgrimage. This year the Pilgrimage was led by the Very Revd Dr Frances Ward, Dean of St Edmundsbury Cathedral and Chair of the Directors of the Little Gidding Trust.
Accommodation : As from Mid July 2016 the only overnight accommodation Ferrar House will be able to offer will be in the Wardens Flat, a double bed room and a single bed in the lounge.
LITTLE GIDDING POETRY GROUP:
Our next meeting will be held in the library of Ferrar House on Monday 13th June at 7.30pm.
John Rawlinson will lead the evening which will focus on the works of John Betjeman.
There will be no meeting in July as there the Eliot and Clare festivals.
Little Gidding is famous for the Ferrars who came in 1626. Nicholas Ferrar bought the manor and left London with his mother, his sister Susanna, his brother John and their spouses and children.
The manor house was dilapidated and the church was used as a barn and pig sty. They restored the church, then the house.
Little Gidding is also famous for the visit, in 1936, of the poet T. S. Eliot, who published "Little Gidding" as the conclusion of his "Four Quartets" in 1942.
In the Church's Calendar Nicholas Ferrar is celebrated on 4th December.
For more history see the relevant page. Click here to go to the History page.
The Eliot Festival - speaker and audience in the marquee from a previous year.
THE ELIOT FESTIVAL
The 11th Annual T.S. Eliot Festival will be held at Little Gidding on Saturday/Sunday 9th/10th July 2016
Two inspirational days of talks, readings, discussion and events including:
ELIOT ON RADIO 4-SPEECH AFTER WORDS BBC Commissioning Editor Jeremy Howe discusses their readings of Eliot's poetry
AFTER THE ACCLAIMED CRITICAL EDITION Jim McCue on Little Gidding. Such things as seem of least and most importance.
A WORKSHOP ON THE WASTELAND with the curator of the forthcoming Turner Contemporary exhibition.
AN INVESTIGATION INTO ELIOT AND MOTHERHOOD Matthew Geary talks on TS Eliot and the Mother
THE CPMPLETE PROSE OF T.S.ELIOT a report by Jewel Spears Brooker
THE GREAT FOUR x FOUR DEBATE which Quartet is the most successful?
PLUS a special reading of Little Gidding at Little Gidding.
For full details visit www.eliotsociety.org.uk/festival-2016/
To contact Ferrar House:
Use the email link below or on the Contacts page.
SECOND FRIDAY EUCHARIST - Every second Friday of each month at noon a Eucharist is celebrated in St John's followed by a lunch in Ferrar House. All welcome but you need to notify the organisers if you are going to come so that there will be enough soup and bread. For the organiser's contact details please ask Ferrar House (01832 293383) or by clicking: