Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Great Chalfield Manor and Garden

I went to visit Great Chalfield Manor and Garden a month ago. Its near Melksham, Wiltshire SN12 8NH and National Trust.

Gt Chalfield house f
The beautiful medieval manor is surrounded by a moat. Cross the moat, passing barns, gatehouse and delightful parish church to see fine oriel windows and the soldiers, griffons and monkey adorning the rooftops. Gardens offer terraces, topiary houses, gazebo, lily pond, roses and views across the spring-fed fish-pond. And a room for drying fruit, to preserve it.
Gt Chalfield drying fruit

I was lucky to arrive in time for a guided tour. Tours take 45 minutes and numbers are limited. The guide pointed out many things I would not have spotted, stone masons marks, a door with a tiny entrance, so that an unfriendly visitor would be vulnerable.
Gt Chalfield door

Built in the late 15th century, defended by a gatehouse, moat and wall. The national trust website doesn't mention this, I think they want you to buy their book.
Gt Chalfield moat garden

Gt Chalfield arches

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