enchantedengland: SQUEEE I know this place! This is the Lorde LeycesterHospital in Warwick, Warwickshire; which is not a medical establishment but a retirement home for ex-servicemen and their wives. The word hospital is used in its ancient sense, meaning ‘a charitable institution for the housing and maintenance of the needy, infirm, or aged’
The Hospital is a group of historical timber-framed buildings, constructed in the late 14th centuryand clustered tidily round a Norman gateway. The 12th century Chantry Chapel is above it; and hidden behind these venerable edifices is the tiny, delightful Master’s Garden. The Hospital is open to the public and welcomes visitors throughout the year; with rooms available for civil ceremonies and weddings and private functions and such.
According to legend this ornament was made by a local blacksmith around 1211 -1214 from an abandoned anchor thrown from a ‘sky ship’ in Gravesend. Churchgoers were attending service, when they saw a curious anchor plummet from the heavens and snag itself onto a tombstone in the graveyard adjacent to the church. The parishioners rushed outside to see a floating sky ship slowly making its way towards earth. When the occupants of the ship, described as humanoid aeronauts, saw the angry and excited mob they cut their anchor loose and floated off.
enchantedengland :One of only four Palladian bridges of this sort in the world is found in Prior Park Landscape Garden, an 18th-century landscape garden south of Bath in the county of Somerset, England. Five minutes from here is the spectacular six-mile circular route through bucolic woodland and meadows to the Bath skyline, where fantastic views await.
enchantedengland: This Long And Winding Road is in Ambleside, a town in the county of Cumbria, northernmost England. Ambleside sits at the head of England’s largest lake, Windermere, and is within the stunningly beautiful Lake District National Park. (Beatles reference for scrumtrulescent)
It is the oldest licensed house in the City, built in 1593 and originally called The Castle, then the Angel & Crown, then Christopher Hills, finally becoming the Hoop & Grapes – referring to the sale of both beer and wine – in the nineteen twenties. The first impression when you turn your back on the traffic to enter, is of the appealingly crooked frontage with sash windows fitted in the seventeen twenties at eccentric angles, and of two ancient oak posts guarding the entrance, each with primitive designs of vines incised upon them.
A German spy photograph of a ruined house in Northamptonshire surrounded by oddly marked fields, has revealed a secret unguessed at by the Luftwaffe cameraman: such important evidence of a lost Tudor garden that the site has been awarded Grade I status by English Heritage, ranking it among the most important gardens in Europe.