Thursday, November 11, 2010

Last look at autumn - 7th November 2010

Before leaving Hereford, we did the river walk again in the morning sun. We were out quite early, but not as early as the fishermen along the bank

The next city north of Hereford, is Leominster and from here we did a circular tour taking in Tenbury Wells and Ludlow before stopping at Croft Castle.

The original castle on this site was commissioned by William the Conqueror, as part of a string of castles protecting the Welsh border. Before looking around the present castle, which dates back to the 17th century, we joined a history talk about the castle. This was interesting, as the original owner was Croft but it passed out of the family's hands when a future owner lost his fortune in the South Sea investment bubble. But after 180 years, the Crofts finally bought the castle back after World War I.

From Croft Castle, we travelled south to Hampton Court. This is a stunning castle, totally restored by the American owners who purchased it in 1994. They developed a series of walled gardens, with water features and a tricky maze. The castle was surrounded by wonderful autumn trees – quite stunning.

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