Excursion 7th July 2011

by david

Chepstow Society Excursion

The Society excursion on Thursday 7th July to the Cotswolds transported the participants to a series of charming villages and towns with glimpses of a rural scenery beloved by those who think of this area as somewhere to live the ideal lifestyle

Northleach

Our first stop for coffee was in the charming town of Northleach. It came into existance in 1220 when the Abbey of Gloucester the holder of the land, obtained grants from King Henry 111 for a weekly market and an annual or possible two fairs. Its principal trade being wool which it exported to Italy until 1350 and then to Bruges

A few photographs of Northleach

The church of St Peter and St Paul is 13th century and possible much earlier. The church boasts many fine features and a publication by the church at 1 tells much more than can be written here

The local wine bar provided the coffee stop, with the young lady kept very busy for half an hour or more

 

 

Bourton on the Water

And then onto Bourton on the Waterwith its river running through the centre of the town, making it a honey pot for visitors from all over the globe. A walk around with an opportunity to visit either the Model Town, Model Railway, Birdland, Cotswold Motor Museum, Gragonfly Maze or the Cotswold Brewing Company. The many resturants and cafes with well selected menues enabled all who wished to partake of one that they fancied. The two hours swiftly past before returning to the coach for the final visit of the day, Stanway House

 

Stanway Manor House

Stanway Manor House, called by Fodor's 1998 guide "As perfect and pretty a Cotswold Manor House as anyone is likely to see". Its main attraction is its 300ft fountain, the tallest gravity feed fountain in the world and the secondtallest in Europe. This Jacobean manor house originally in the ownership of Tewksbury Abbey for 800 years, then for the next 500 years by the Tracey family and their decendants, the Earls of Wemyes. It is currently the home of Lord and Lady Neidpath

The house has a wealth of facinating furniture, a jewled-like gatehouse, with its church and 14th century Tithe Barn and one of the finest in England 18th century water-garden

Afternoon tea provided the perfect conclusion to a wonderful day out

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