Aldbourne, Lambourne and Baydon

 

The road to Aldbourne.

 

 

 

View of St Michael's, the 11th century church.

The Blue boar on the green

Picture taken by Tony the friendly landlord.

 

 

 

The 1778 fire engine.

And its tender!

 

 

A church is about people, not the building.  A corner of the south transept used for the play group.

 

The 1492 monument in the Goddard chapel.

 

 

 

The Walrond monument to two brothers who died in 1614 and 1617.

 

 

On my way out.  If you look closely you will see the minister also leaving.  I had been talking to him earlier.

 

Looking down fron the church.  The Blue Boar is slightly right of centre.  

 

 

 

 

Path to St Nicholas church in Baydon.

 

 

Hopefully not a daily activity!

Mostly 12th century and built from flint and limestone.

 

 

 

And the way out!

 

 

Entrance to Lambourne church.

 

 

Sadly closed as it's in a town.

Isn't it rude to stick your tongue out?

One of Lambourne's interesting buildings - built in 1502

 

 

 

Oh boy!  Do they get uglier than this?  

I guess they do!  

Upper Lambourne, home of many millionaire racehorse trainers.  Notice the unusual way the barn is on stone supports to keep it dry.

 

 

 

 

 

Ashdown House

Ashdown House was created for William, 1st Earl Craven in around 1663.  He was one of the richest figures of the 17th century and  is remembered particularly for his dedication to James I's daughter Elizabeth, Queen of Bohemia.  The 1st Earl devoted himself to her service and spent much of his considerable fortune in supporting her causes.  Elizabeth reigned for only one winter before she was forced into exile by the defeat of her husband's troops by the Habsburg Emperor. 

The Craven family has a tradition that the 1st Earl chose the site of Ashdown House so that the Winter Queen would have a refuge away from London where the plague was rife.  Unfortunately she contracted a fatal disease and did not live to see the finished building

 

The way down to Ashbury 

 

Ashbury.  

 

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