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We recently visited a National Trust country estate in Shropshire, Attingham Park near Atcham. The recent home, until 1947, of the Barons Berwick.

Thomas Henry Noel-Hill, 8th Baron Berwick (1877–1947), was the last holder of the title to live at Attingham Hall, and having spent much of his time there restoring the house, bequeathed the estate to the national trust. For 30 years it was also an adult education college.

Wendy and I are members of the National Trust, so as part of the annual membership fee, we have free access to all of their properties. We find it absolutely fascinating to experience these places, where people have lived and worked for hundreds of years. We love the buildings, furniture, history, but especially the gardens and grounds.

Above is one of the three greenhouses in a part of the walled garden at Attingham. It had tomatoes growing in this one.

And below, inside the smaller greenhouse, used mainly for growing melons.

I love the solid structure unlike modern greenhouses. The green mechanisms are for opening the windows with minimum effort!

Anyway, below is the entrance to the stables which are just a little to the west of the main house.

and out of the side entrance of the stables we walk to the walled garden

Just outside the walled garden is the bee house, which is a Grade II Listed building built around 1805.

Plenty of chickens run freely around the bee house. We then go into the walled garden where one of the gardeners are busy tending to the flowers and veg.

The animals were busy doing what they do, like these little pigs above, and spot the bee below….

At the east end of the walled garden is where the ‘Bothy’ is located. The Bothy is where the unmarried gardeners lived up until the 1920’s. So they didn’t have far to commute each day then! Note the tin bath on the wall

We only managed a short walk through the grounds as it was a bit chilly and windy. But as you’d expect, there were a large number of very old trees on the estate, including this one!

As well as these magnificent Lebanon Trees.

We came around the side of the main house. And what a beautiful building it is, don’t you think so?

And then up the steps to the FRONT door of this impressive mansion

We didn’t take any decent photographs of the interior of the building, because the light is very subdued in each room as they are trying to preserve the fabrics from fading. And because flash photography is not allowed inside.

A fabulous Friday afternoon, we both thoroughly enjoyed it and I think we may go back soon on a sunny day.

If you want to know more about this wonderful stately home, visit their blog here

http://attinghamparkmansion.wordpress.com/

But before going home, we managed to pop to a village called Much Wenlock to see Wendy’s Aunt & Uncle.

You may or may not know, Much Wenlock is the birthplace of the modern Olympic Games.

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