Westbury-on-Severn Journals

Westbury and Beyond

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An August 2006 trip to Westbury-on-Severn by MichaelJM

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Quote: We travelled from the Brecons through the mystical Forest of Dean to the banks of the UK's longest river and then into Herefordshire.

Hawford Dovecote

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Hawford Dovecote Photo, Hawford, England
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If you are in the area, I would commend that you call in to Hawford just to cast your eyes over this National Trust property. It was acquired by the Trust in 1973 and has only recently being restored to its current state. Admission is only £1, although when we visited, there was no one to pay your money to (not that it mattered, because we have free admission to all Trust properties), so that might give you an impression of what Hawford Dovecote has to offer. It’s certainly not a place to travel miles to see, but its historical value has clearly been recognised by the National Trust. Hawford is 3 miles to the north of Worcester and is has an insignificant sign pointing off the busy main road...Read More

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Hawford Dovecote

Hawford, United Kingdom
+44 01743 708100

The Weir Garden

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The Weir Garden Photo, United States, North America
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About 20 miles east of Hay-on-Wye and 5 miles west of Hereford is the National Trust property of The Weir. These gardens have been in the ownership of the National Trust since 1959, despite the fact that they were only created in the 1920’s. Roger Parr, a Manchester banker, gave the 430-acre estate to the National Trust, having spent many years ensuring that the river defences were firmly in place and able to withstand the ravages of the River Wye. We were somewhat thrown when we concluded our walk around the gardens, as we’d expected to see the weir. There’s no sign of a weir, and apparently it is over a century since one existed, almost half-mile downstream from the gardens.I don’t believe...Read More

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The Weir Garden
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Westbury Court Gardens

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Westbury Court Gardens Photo, Westbury-on-Severn, England
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There’s a long drive down to the gardens, and we’d almost missed the turn-off, as it shares what seems to be a private drive with a Private Home for the Elderly. Admission costs are £4 (2006 prices), although as Trust members, we get in free and the kiosk is strategically placed at the edge of a small car park.Originally the gardens were part of the extensive grounds attached to a Tudor Manor – this has long been gone, as has the 19th-century house that replaced it - and what remains is the remarkable restoration of the formal gardens. You can, however, see a copy of an engraving by Johannes Kip, dated 1707, showing what Maynard Colchester’s manor looked like in 1707. Immediately on the righ...Read More

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Westbury Court Gardens
Gloucestershire
Westbury-on-Severn, United Kingdom GL14 1PD
+44 (1452) 760461

Forest of Dean

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We had seen the details of Westbury Court gardens in the national Trust handbook and had no idea what to expect. A Dutch Water Garden! What on earth was so special about one of these? It must have some star qualities, we decided, for the National Trust to have adopted it. Indeed Westbury Court Gardens have been in the care of the National Trust since 1967 and, the handbook stated, the are the only fully restored Dutch Water gardens in the country. In fact when work started in 1971 it was the first time that the Trust had undertaken major restorative work on a garden and the Trust now describe it as a "rare and beautiful survival. Westbury Court is in Gloucestershire at the side of the...Read More

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Forest of Dean

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Westbury Court Gardens

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Westbury Court Gardens Photo, Westbury-on-Severn, England
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We had a great day for our visit to Westbury Court but reckon this would be dire if the weather was inclement. We’d taken a picnic and settled down on the lawn next to the parterre. There is a separate enclosed picnic area with tables and benches over the Westbury Brook, but we preferred to enjoy the view from the garden itself. We did have a short debate as to whether or not we’d be allowed to park ourselves here, but the garden was not over-run with visitors and no one seemed to mind. So out came the hamper, the picnic rugs and our selection of locally bought bread, welsh cheese, pickles and a pleasant fruity white wine. We "looked the business" and soon settled into our meal just enjoying our surro...Read More

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Westbury Court Gardens
Gloucestershire
Westbury-on-Severn, United Kingdom GL14 1PD
+44 (1452) 760461

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MichaelJM

MichaelJM
Nottingham, England