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Days out

Exploring Battle Abbey and the Battle of Hastings battlefield

Our last day out of summer was to Battle to visit the Abbey and the battlefield which was the scene of the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The site is run by English Heritage and we had free entry due to our membership. The Abbey’s magnificent gatehouse hosts an exhibition about life at the site […]

Rochester Castle, Guildhall Museum and Cathedral

On our way to Dymchurch in Kent, we visited Rochester. We began by using our English Heritage membership to visit the Castle. The inside of the keep is quite magnificent with multiple floors accessed via spiral staircases. Matthew was a bit scared but bravely persevered to reach the top! Anya boldly led the way, fearless […]

Our day in Chawton part two: Chawton House

After our visit to Jane Austen’s House in Chawton, we followed the great author’s steps around the village before making our way to the local church and her brother’s home: Chawton House. Unfortunately St Nicholas’ Church is closed on Fridays so we didn’t get a chance to peek inside. We admired the outside of the […]

Our day in Chawton part one: Jane Austen’s House

I have long been a fan of Jane Austen’s novels and remember my grandparents visiting her home three decades ago and bringing me a gift. The Hampshire sign near our home say ‘Jane Austen country’ but it was only last week that we finally visited her former home ourselves. We also went to St Nicholas […]

An afternoon at Shaw House, Newbury

Last weekend we went to Newbury to visit the vegan fair and we needed something to do in the afternoon and I picked Shaw House. Shaw House is a stately home situated just 5 minutes’ drive to the north of Newbury town centre. It dates from the 1500s when the Dolman family bought the property. […]