Sunday, October 15, 2006

Village tour - 14 October 2006

This weekend we had a tour of lovely villages in the area around our accommodation base in Baldock.

Golf Course on the walkSaturday started with a walk from Thundridge passing right across a golf course and through three other villages followed by a drive from Hertfordshire to Cambridgeshire and back to Baldock. On the circular drive, our favorite villages were Buntingford and Ashwell. Great Chisell post millWe also visited two of the few remaining post windmills in the area.

The one-handed clock

An interesting feature of Buntingford is the, possibly unique, one-handed clock which may date back to 1558.

Wendens Ambo

Near the village of Bourn we came across some tumuli from Roman times

On Sunday, after a 6-mile walk based at Wendens Ambo we called at nearby Audley End House. This is a magnificent palace, and was originally the largest private house in England. The weekend's special house tours included a look at the second floor, an area normally closed to the public.

Audely End House
The builder of the current house (or what is left of it) spent £200,000 back when he was Treasurer to James 1 – most of the money coming from the Privy Purse, resulting in a spell of time in the Tower

BuntingfordWhittlesford Barley - note the foxhole on the pubBourn

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