I went into Solihull on Thursday to do some Christmas shopping and stopped off at Baddesley Clinton for a walk on the way home.
Baddesley Clinton was the home of the Ferrers family for 500 years. Most of the house that can be seen today was built by Henry Ferrers (a lawyer, diarist and antiquarian) in the late 1500's. The Ferrers followed the Catholic faith and there are several priest holes within the house where priests could remain in secret hiding places.
Signs of Christmas are appearing around the House
The National Trust also decorate the inside of the house for Christmas as I discovered last year. Hoping to pay another visit and see the decorations soon with a friend. I'm not sure about photographs though as NT don't allow flash and the house is very dark inside and last year's efforts were rather poor. I am, however, toying with the idea of using a monopod! - we shall see!
Although the Woodland Walk was closed (too muddy apparently) the Lakeland Walk was open.
One of the Fish Pools or Stew Ponds - used by medieval households to provide fresh fish.
This lovely stone seat commemorates a Mrs. Mary Fitter who was a local head teacher.
The Great Pool which may once have been a mill pool
In the Courtyard near the Shop and Restaurant
There were some nice metal garden ornaments for sale
The parkland surrounding the house is full of ancient trees. There is what looks a lovely walk around the Estate which is on my very long list of "Things to Do"!