Thursday, 30 March 2017
A Walk Around Temple Balsall
Last weekend on Mothering Sunday afternoon we went along to Temple Balsall. It is a lovely area, steeped in history, and is one of my favourite short walks.
This is The Court - the Foundation of Lady Katherine Leverson Housing. The buildings are early 18th century.
The Old Hall or Templar's Hall - which was a Preceptory of the Knight's Templar in Warwickshire. It is a 13th century aisled hall encased in brick during the 19th century Sir Gilbert Scott Restoration.
In March 1312 the Pope abolished the Order of the Templars and transferred their properties to the Knights of St John (the "Hospitallers"). St Mary's church was built in the 14th century initially as a chapel for the Hospitallers.
The churchyard was full of flowers - Primroses, Lesser Celandine, Grape Hyacinth, Daisies, Squill and Violets.
Leaves of Wild Arum or Jack in the Pulpit
We continued along the Bread Walk
to the brook
and then followed the Green Man Trail through woodland.
View of St Mary's from the wood.
We walked along the lane to Temple Balsall Nature Reserve seeing Dog's Mercury in the hedgerows
and on to the small Warwickshire Wildlife Trust reserve
Yet again this year Butterbur was past its best (I never seem to time my visit for the right time!)
but I found some Scarlet Elf Cup in its usual spot.
Plant and mosses growing on the stone bridge as we walked back towards the Cemetery.
Lots of flowers on the grass verges - Daffodils, Dandelions and clumps of Lesser Celandine
Male Yew Flowers in the Cemetery
and more Primroses and Wood Anemones as we walked back along Bread Walk.
The garden of the Old Hall was full of flowers too - Forsythia, Hellebores, Flowering Currant, Lungwort and Snakeshead Fritillary.
I think this is probably Quince?
There were quite a few Bumble Bees around but I am still waiting for my first butterfly sighting of the year!
Primroses in the churchyard.
A snippet of information - for those who love the "Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady", Edith Holden writes of visiting this area in her nature journals.
I've done so many posts on this lovely area that this time I have kept the text on history to the minimum. It is a very beautiful place to wander - I always feel as though time stands still here.