26 February 2011


Although closed, the owner of Edmonsham House, a gorgeous Tudor manor house of 1589, with Georgian additions, allowed access to the grounds, six acres of lawns, shrubberies and trees. Edmonsham is the family home of Julia Smith, in whose family it has been since the sixteenth century. The symmetrical Victorian stable block is stunning, but the nearby garages and sheds, and a petrol pump, caught the eye. Housing for various vehicles and on-site motor spirit - oh for the 1920s!

Just beyond the grounds of the manor house is the diminutive St Nicholas, built of Heathstone rubble and flint. The nave and chancel are twelth century, the north aisle is fourteenth century, and the stubby tower is early fifteenth century. Framed by ancient yews, it is the very epitome of an English rural church.

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