A trip to Avebury to walk around the village and visit the museums and Manor House.
Avebury Manor House which has been a family home for over 450 years. The Avebury monuments and landscape were acquired by the trust in 1943, but the Manor House was not acquired by the trust until 1991.
The halfmoon garden.
The rear of the manor from the halfmoon garden.
The topiary garden. The interlocking diamond pattern is a copy of the pattern in the ceiling of the drawing room.
The west library and pond in the topiary garden.
Dahlias in the Monk’s garden.
The north western quadrant of the henge.
Another view of the NW quadrant from higher ground.
The houses in the centre of the henge.
After a very promising start to the day the light was very variable. This view to the south west catches some nice light in the distance.
Approaching the southern point in the henge.
Another glimpse of sunlight in the central part of the henge.
Too much contrast here to catch the scene properly. The sky was quite dramatic with a halo around the clouds.
One of the large stones at the southern end of the henge.
Grey sky. Use your imagination and see what you can see in the stone.
Nearing the end of our circumferential walk.
We did not have time to visit the stones to the south of the henge.
Coming to the end of the SW quadrant.
16 August 2012
A return visit to see the recently renovated house which featured in the BBC TV series.
The village church of St James from the manor house gardens.
Lots of colour again in the gardens.
Recently cut lawns.
A couple of pictures of the restored kitchen garden.
The onions seem to have done well.
Last time we were here this side door was the way in. Now you enter through the front door on a timed ticket.
These large wall drapes have been photographically printed. This must have been a very expensive process.
The Chinese hand painted wallpaper in the Palladian style dining room.
What is nice about the house now is that you can sit where you like and touch most things.
A close up of some of the wallpaper details.
I remember when they were filming the restoration there was a lot of discussion as to whether the coloured decorations on the tudor bedroom ceiling were authentic. It looks fine to me!