It is return visits to both properties: I clearly remember visiting Shrugborough when in Primary School, I have a vivid memory of a huge kitchen with copper pots and a lady dressed in Victorian costume baking cakes for us to try. Baddesley Clinton is a place we visited when our children were young, probably about 20 years ago!
The road into Shrugborough takes you along a sweeping drive through its beautiful parkland with many added stately trees. It's a large estate with a plant crntre, a farm, bridges and structures in the grounds, as well as the house and Lord Lichfield's appartment.
|Park Farm Courtyard|
|Sleeping in the sun|
|Livestock freely roaming|
|Shugborough Hall's impressive frontage|
|Shugborough Hall from the gardens|
|The kitchen I remember with the copper pots|
It was amazing to see photos of celebrities we knew from our childhood, usually history is long before we were born.
Outside the formal gardens lead to the river, beautifully kept with trees cut to precise shaping and flower borders full of colourful blooms.
|Beautiful formal gardens|
Baddesley Clinton is nearer to us than Shugborough; it's a moated manor house with plenty of history. As such it has had many add ons and extensions over time resulting in quite a collection of building styles as you can see.
|Baddesley Clinton bridge over the moat|
|Building changes can be seen on the walls|
|Quite a large dwelling|
|I'd love a wine cellar like this|
The nursery rhyme Goosey Goosey Gander is all about priest hunting:
Goosey Goosey Gander where shall I wander
(the priest hunters looked all over the house, goose stepping one foot in front of the other so as to make no noise walking)
Upstairs, downstairs in my Lady's chamber
(a priest may hide in a Lady's room, possibly in a Priest hole)
There I met an old man who wouldn't say his prayers
(Catholic Priests would not say the new English pray but recite the Latin)
So I took him by the left leg and threw him down the stairs
(the left refers to the Devil, throwing down the stairs refers to getting rid of the Priests, they were executed if caught)
|The Priest's Hole|
|Not somewhere I would want to go|
|Stunning carved chest|
|Tapestry fire screen|
|Baddesley Clinton's Chapel|
A walled garden, a vegetable garden with a superb grape vine and a large lake are just part of the beautiful grounds. There are many walk ways, plenty of benches on which to sit and enjoy the peacefulness and parkland perfect for picnics.
|The stable block now houses the cafe and plant sales|
|Great vine in the vegetable garden greenhouse|