Witley Court & Gardens

Continuing my master plan of making our way around all English Heritage’s sites…

Earlier this summer, we visited one of our favourite English Heritage sites, Witley Court & Gardens in Worcestershire (page 222 of the handbook), which is about 40 minutes from where we live and an easy drive.

Witley Court is a 19th century mansion that was one of England’s grandest homes before it burned down in 1937, leaving a rather impressive if eerie shell.

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Note: This photo is by Robek (Own work) via creative commons as mine didn’t turn out – all the rest are mine

The house is surrounded by landscaped gardens which include a still working fountain showing Perseus and Andromeda that is “fired” several times a day.

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Around the house are woodland walks where you can see all types of trees, shrubs, and flowers, a lovely little waterfall and a lake which, in nice weather, is so peaceful you forget where you are.Read More »

Brodsworth Hall and Gardens

Aside from reading, one of the ways I love to spend my time is pottering around stately homes and ruins, imagining what life would have been like way back when and generally trying to soak up a sense of place and time. To make sure I get my fill, a few years ago we joined English Heritage and since then, I’ve been on a mission to visit every one of their sites – we manage about one a month so I should be able to get there (I’m not that old).

With our holidays starting, I’ve been spending a fair bit of time with my nose in the English Heritage handbook planning day trips. Whilst a handbook isn’t necessarily a book, I thought posting about the places we visit (or have visited) might be a nice way to share a different slice of my life…and encourage me to keep on with my mission.

First up is Brodsworth Hall and Gardens just outside Doncaster, South Yorkshire (page 251 of the guide). We’ve visited there a few times, most recently at the start of the summer, on a slightly grey day, and really enjoyed it.

Brodsworth Hall is a Victorian country house built in the Italianate style. It has barely changed since it was built the 1860s. When English Heritage took over the property in the late 80s, they decided to conserve rather than restore the furnishings, showing the house as it was, not what it had been. I wasn’t able to take photos inside the house, but it is fascinating.

When we were there last, you had to book on a tour – when we went last year we had been able to walk around ourselves. As we’d been before, we decided to not worry about booking a tour and spent the afternoon in the gardens, which have been restored and were full of colour.

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