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heleninwales
Travelling home
As is the perverse nature of British weather, Saturday dawned gloriously with a clear blue sky and the promise of a warm day. Here's the Throckmorton inn where I stayed while attending niece's wedding. I can highly recommend it. The room was comfortable, there was a good selection of food in the restaurant and the staff were really friendly and helpful.

The Throckmorton

I decided to return via a slightly more direct route, but before heading for Wales, I met our daughter and granddaughter at Witley Court. I admit that I hadn't read the web page thoroughly and assumed it was a stately home that one could go inside. As it turned out, the hall had been destroyed by fire in 1937 so was an empty ruin. However, it was still worth a visit, especially on a fine day. The gardens were lovely...

Formal flower beds, Witley Court

The fountains, now restored, are spectacular and spout water on the hour every hour.

Witley Court

There was also an interesting and very ornate church and one could visit the crypt, which was a little ghoulish, but we did go in.

I had a light lunch of a toasted tea cake in the cafe before saying goodbye to daughter and granddaughter and setting off on the long drive home. I think the driving took a total of about 4 hours. Part of the problem is that you had to keep slowing to 40 mph then 30 mph as you passed through village after village. It was all smaller A roads and not even dual carriageway, but I arrived home safely at last and now feel emboldened to venture into unknown parts, now I know the satnav phone app works so well.
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sartorias From: sartorias Date: April 21st, 2018 01:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Interesting that the gardens are beautifully kept at a ruined house.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: April 21st, 2018 04:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
The house now belongs to English Heritage, which is an organisation that preserves historic buildings. You have to pay to go in, of course, but they do keep the grounds very nice.

We chose it as a place to meet because it lay on my route home and wasn't too far for my daughter to drive.
sartorias From: sartorias Date: April 21st, 2018 08:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm so glad they save those places, or save as much as is feasible. I remember friends taking me to a similar manor some miles outside Vienna, only it had become seriously overgrown. All the gorgeous carving around the windows, etc, left to rot.

In retrospect, the time (1971) was probably still in the shadow of WW II recovery mode. But I still remember that place today, and the strength of my regret.
poliphilo From: poliphilo Date: April 22nd, 2018 11:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Went there a few years back. The Perseus and Andromeda fountain is spectacular.

I didn't get into the crypt, didn't even know it was there; sad face.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: April 26th, 2018 03:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
The fountain is, indeed, very spectacular. I'm not sure why they don't run it all the time. Perhaps the water supply can't cope? But having it coming on hourly somehow made it more interesting.

Did you visit the church? It was very colourful inside and the crypt below it was interesting, though I'm sure that Lord whoever it was who was buried there would have been horrified at the thought of becoming a tourist attraction.
poliphilo From: poliphilo Date: April 26th, 2018 04:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I did visit the church- but not the crypt. I'm sure I'd have made a beeline for the crypt if it had been advertised- so perhaps it wasn't open when I visited- which must be over five years ago.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: April 27th, 2018 08:25 am (UTC) (Link)
The crypt wasn't open every day, but we were there on a Saturday, so if you visited during the week, it would indeed have been closed.
puddleshark From: puddleshark Date: April 22nd, 2018 06:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, wow! Seriously formal gardens there!

Is there any access to the ruins of the house?
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: April 26th, 2018 03:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not really, it's all fenced off due to health and safety. Some of the bits around the edge are accessible, like the old conservatory.
eve_prime From: eve_prime Date: April 24th, 2018 12:00 am (UTC) (Link)
How interesting! Yes, I was also wondering whether you're allowed to poke around the ruins of the house.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: April 26th, 2018 03:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not really, it's all fenced off due to health and safety. Some of the bits around the edge are accessible, like the old conservatory.
eve_prime From: eve_prime Date: April 28th, 2018 08:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Sensible. I bet old conservatories make wonderful ruins.
kishenehn From: kishenehn Date: April 28th, 2018 03:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Even as a ruin, that's still an amazing place!
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