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    • Anne Sweet

      Yes, definitely very English. I was surprised to see some of the written work by the women of the house. They would be really out of place these days, so submissive to their masters (men) and deeply religious.

  1. Sarah MumofThree World

    Glad they all had a lovely visit. It does look an interesting place. I always envy people who visit National Trust places, but there’s no way teenagers would be tempted by ‘looking round a lovely house and gardens’!

    • Anne Sweet

      I joined simply to give us a reason to get out of the house, but I have to admit, the kids are not always keen to go. It’s great when they do special events though, like Easter egg hunts. Sadly a lot of these old properties are not wheelchair friendly, can you imagine a lift in a 15th century house? I have to miss out on going upstairs.

  2. Debbie

    Hi Anne, you have to get out sometimes or you will go mad. The house looks lovely in that top photo and I bet it’s seen some goings on. Underground tunnels always make for a good story. Whoever imagined up the sundial was one clever person. Although telling the time must have been frustrating at times. A little like having a watch without a rechargeable battery when the sun went in.


    • Anne Sweet

      Yes, I guess time by the sundial was very estimated most of the time. It was amazing to see the priest holes. They had taken part of the wall out so we could see, but the priests had to climb down from the upper floor and hide in the tiniest of places. There were some great stories to read while their. The women who ran the house were very brave too, especially considering the punishment that they faced if caught.
      And yes, it was good to get out, I’m paying for it today though, I’m shattered.

  3. Notmyyearoff

    Wow its such a beautiful house and it looks like your kids had a lovely time. I’ve never actually seen a sundial, ever. I think I need to find one somewhere just so that I can say I’ve seen one in real life 🙂

  4. Lisa | Handmade in Israel

    What a lovely house. I am glad you enjoyed your visit. It’s so great when we manage to drag the kids out and off their screens, isn’t it? They actually remember that there are nice things to do out in the big wide world. Sounds like it was an interesting place to visit.
    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog.

  5. Jeanna

    Not bad for a 400-year-old stone watch though. Most of my digital watches have stopped completely. I’d love to stand by a moat and watch sheep roam about. Uh oh, hope your kids don’t see you broke the rules and used an iPad.I’ll refrain from any Catholic priest jokes.

  6. Susan Mann

    What a beautiful place to visit. I do love visiting old properties and looks like the kids did too. The moat is very cool. Such lovely photos. Hope you are having a good summer xx

  7. nessjibberjabberuk

    Looks like my kind of place! I’d say that sundial was spot on if you take the reading from the top of the shadow. Sundial timings are based on GMT so 3pm BST will be an hour ahead of 2pm GMT (don’t quote me on this!)

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