Thursday, 18 April 2013
I had a day out with a friend last Monday and we decided to visit Charlecote Park near Stratford.
Fallow deer have been in the parkland since Tudor Times. Of course, I had the wrong lens on the camera and, as I can't face carrying a bagful of lenses the 70 - 300 telephoto lens had been left at home!! I will take it next time I visit though as you can get quite close to the deer.
Gatehouse - I managed to resist the temptation of the second hand bookshop located in this building!
The Lucy family have lived here for over 900 years. Sir Thomas Lucy began building the house in 1551 and it was completed in 1558. The estate has been in the hands of the family since the thirteenth century.
We had some carrot and coriander soup in the Orangery first of all and then went a wander round the newly restored woodland garden which is absolutely delightful.
150 year old Mulberry trees
More of the Woodland Garden
Hampton Lucy church is in the distance - looks well worth a future visit. The parkland at Charlecote was designed by Capability Brown.
The River Avon runs through the parkland.
We had a look round the interior of the house - today the house is shown as it would have been in Victorian times. Staff are still replacing items due to recent rewiring of the property. Elizabeth I visited in 1572.
Sorry interior pictures not very good - usual problems of no flash, low light and very very slow shutter speeds. Really I must experiment with using a monopod!
The Drawing Room
Florentine pietra dura cabinet made arounnd 1620
Bust of Sir Thomas Lucy 1585 - 1640 - friend of William Shakespeare
Stained Glass in the Great Hall
William Shakespeare - who was allegedly caught poaching deer at Charlecote and many years later he immortalized Sir Thomas Lucy in "The Merry Wives of Windsor"
St Leonard's Church - will visit the church on another occasion - sadly we had run out of time.
The visit produced my first Swallows and first Brimstone of the year.
A quick look round the nurseries - I bought a few plants for the rockery and bog garden including a Ragged Robin as I seem to have lost my one and only plant of this species in our garden.
Lovely day out in the Spring sunshine - thanks J :)