Drenched in History

Trip Start Apr 23, 2012
Trip End May 24, 2012

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Difficult to know where to start. On Wed night when we went to the play I was introduced to a lovely elderly lady, Pat Fox. She told me that she remembered Avoncliffe House and would love to talk to me. It was Iris's turn to clean the church so Brian and I went over to meet Pat. She came with coffee and biscuits ( cookies to us yanks) and she did tell me about building a house next door to Avoncliffe and how when Leslie Caron & her husband, Peter Hall lived there they build a tree house for their children. But their children come to 'borrow' the Fox children's toys . Mainly we talked about my connections to the area and my trip. She is such a dear.
After a bite of lunch we went to visit Baraset House. Mark and Adela H. Welcomed us so graciously. All that was left of the old house was one of the servants wings and it was extremely delapidated. Put me in mind of the condition of many of the houses in Oakleigh and Detonte Square and the work that had to be done. Except this house was a few hundred years older! The house was amazing and the couple so real. Wonderful visit!

Our next visit was to meet my relatives at Walton Hall. Again we couldn't have been treated more graciously. Sir Andrew Hamilton and his mother, Lady Elizabeth, were welcoming and informative. They showed us pictures of some of the Hamiltons and the Mordaunts. We had tea and scones. I shared the information that I had with me and I think they were most appreciative.

As we left we stopped into Walton Hall to take a picture of the Hamilton coat of arms which is in the bar there. We sat down for a quiet drink, but were inundated by a huge group who were there on conference. Loud networking!

Ended the evening at The Ferry Inn, Alveston.
Such a great meal! Good food, good friends, and a really great pub owner!!
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So glad you were finally able to meet your relatives!

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