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Garden Visit

Gardening Group D enjoyed a visit to a garden in Meadowhead which also appears in the famous
'Yellow Book' of gardens open for charity.

 

 


Visit to Brodsworth Hall Gardens

in the fern dellSeason of mists and mellow fruitfulness sums up our autumn visit to the gardens of Brodsworth Hall, in South Yorkshire.  There was not a breath of wind, we were virtually the only visitors, and the mist added to the peace and tranquillity of these magnificent gardens in their early autumn splendour.  The gardens have recently undergone restoration, and are a notable example of Victorian gardenesque style.

The photograph was taken in the fern dell.

 

Text and photograph by Hilary Hutson

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I’m King of the Castle

It was all feuding and rivalry when Local History North, Family History North and Gardening Aspen joined forces with Gardening Group D to visit Wentworth Castle in May. Fortunately this unseemly behaviour was initiated by Thomas Wentworth during the reign of Queen Anne and directed at his relatives at nearby Wentworth Woodhouse – the rest of us got on famously!  In the morning we toured the house, moving through the centuries as we explored each wing and tiptoeing sympathetically past the exam students (Wentworth is now the home of Northern College). 

In the afternoon our guide was none other Trevor Wilson, from Barnsley U3A, who took us up through the gardens, past the huge conservatory (remember Restoration X 3?) to the Wentworths’ folly,  Stainborough Castle. Stainborough served two purposes – it was a play-castle for the children but, from its superior position on the highest piece of land around, it also enabled the Earls of Strafford to cock a snook at their rivals. The restoration work on the estate is gathering pace now and there are excellent facilities for visitors – we enjoyed our visit immensely.

Sheila  Woolliscroft

 

 

 

 

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