Day 5 - Kenilworth to Holyhead

Trip Start Sep 09, 2012
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Trip End Nov 24, 2012


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Witley Court
Stokesay Castle

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

We departed Kenilworth and headed towards Holyhead, stopping on the way to see Witley Court and Stokesay Castle.

Witley Court is a beautiful ruin with an interesting history. Hundreds of years old it was lived in until the 1930's when a large fire destroyed a wing of the manor. The owners decided they could not afford to rebuild that wing and therefore deserted it, stripping the entire contents, including wood, and walked away. In it's heyday it took 30 tonnes of coal a day, and 200 gallons of paragon oil a week to run the manor.

After deserting it, the building was left to the elements until it was decided the building was of significance and it is now managed by English Heritage and much of the gardens are being restored.

Two gorgeous fountains also remained which were restored to working order and now use recycled water. One flower garden had the pattern of a Persian carpet. It was an amazing location.

Next stop was Stokesay Castle. This was built in 1281 as a fortified Manor house, but those occupying it never fought any battles. It was challenged once and surrendered immediately. Therefore it has remained fairly well preserved. Quite small, it had wood paneling and interesting features like latrines.

After Stokesay we visited Jenny and John, our distant relatives in Wales. Warm and inviting we spent some time discussing our family tree and sharing photos. We said farewell knowing we would see them on the ferry the next day.

On to Holyhead. Yucky accommodation and the worst Chinese food ever. We have no urge to ever stay in Holyhead again!
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