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February 2020

Avebury Manor

National Trust Property in the Avebury World Heritage Site

While staying in Newbury, we took the short drive over to Avebury to check out Avebury Manor and some of the ancient burial grounds nearby. Avebury Manor is a sixteenth century manor house in Avebury near Marlborough, next to the Avebury neolithic henge monument. It is a National Trust property and in 2011 was the subject of the BBC One television series The Manor Reborn, in which the house was refurbished by a group of experts in collaboration with the Trust. The house reminded me in some ways of Woolsthorpe Manor, also a national trust property. It was definitely a more cozy house than some of the other stately homes we have visited.

Avebury Manor: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/avebury/features/transforming-avebury-manor

Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites: https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/373/

The village of Avebury:
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Burial grounds:
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St. James Church:
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This is a picture of the dovecote which is used to house pigeons or doves. I didn't know such a thing existed nor had I seen one until we arrived in England.
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The front of the manor:
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Pictures from inside the house:
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I am sure the gardens are beautiful in the Spring, so we might just to have to come back. It was December when we visited, not the best time for that sort of thing.
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The docents in Avebury were very helpful and knowledgeable. The National Trust has some of the most friendly guides in any of the many places we have visited.

Onto Blenheim Palace...

Here is a link to a new internet radio station with a focus on travel bloggers, COLLAGE TRAVEL RADIO: https://live365.com/station/collage-Travel-radio-a95388

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Stonehenge, Ludgershall Castle, and Donnington Castle

English Heritage Sites

While in Newbury, we also decided to visit a few ancient ruins in the area to include the famous Stonehenge, Ludgershall Castle and Donnington Castle. We had a bonus observation when during our drive we saw one of the famous white chalk horses with this particular one on Hakpen Hill.

Stonehenge consists of a ring of standing stones, each around 13 feet high, seven feet wide, and weighing approximately 25 tons. The stones are set within earthworks in the middle of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, which includes several hundred tumuli (burial mounds). It is believed to have been constructed from 3000 BC to 2000 BC. Stonehenge is easily visible from the road, in fact traffic snarled right in front of the ruins as people stopped for a look.

Stonehenge: https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stonehenge/
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Ludgershall Castle is a ruined 12th-century fortified royal residence at Ludgershall in Wiltshire, England. Three large walls emain of the castle, which was turned into a hunting lodge by Henry III but neglected by the 15th century. It was located in a neighborhood and backed up to a large house.
Ludgershall Castle: https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/ludgershall-castle-and-cross/history-of-the-castle/
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Donnington Castle is a ruined medieval castle which provided strategic views in all directions: https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/donnington-castle/history/
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While driving around we came across one of the white chalk horses.
Hackpen Hill white horse: http://wiltshirewhitehorses.org.uk/hackpen.html
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Onto Avebury Manor...

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The Vyne

National Trust Property in Hampshire

While in Newbury, we opted to take the short drive to visit The Vyne, a National Trust property in Basingstoke, Hampshire after spending the morning at Highclere Castle. The Vyne is a 16th-century estate and country house that retains a lot of its Tudor charm. It was built for Lord Sandys, Henry VIII's Lord Chamberlain. Apparently the King was entertained three times at the house. The house belonged to the Sandys family before being passed to the Chutes family. The house was bequeathed to the National Trust in 1956.

The Vyne: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/the-vyne

The Vyne was originally a much larger house, but was reduced in size. The red area in the picture below shows the original size of the house. It
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The South Front is the way in which we entered.
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Staircase Hall:
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These are some of the rooms in the house.
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Back in the day women were not educated, so they would take up drawing. These are a few of the Chute daughters' drawings of the various rooms in the house and how they were arranged hundreds of years ago.
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There was a beautiful chapel in the house with wonderful stained glass.
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Gardens:
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The Vyne was a beautiful house and we really enjoyed our visit. The docents in the various rooms were extremely knowledgable and very nice.

On to Stonehenge...

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