Moving to a new place can be a very traumatic and stressful time …..
on the other hand it can be
a very exciting and exhilarating time filled with new opportunities
new places to discover …..
new people to meet …..
new adventures to take …..
That’s the option for me!
So why not
come along for a short tour as I find out about places near to me ….
and a little further away from me ……
or within walking distance
a bit like a Tourist Information blog!
So lets begin with …..
MY NEW SHOPPING place ..…
part of High Street
the town is a market town, with also a Farmer’s Market at sometime in the month.
It was world famous for a certain product in the wool industry,
sadly no more.
Lots of history to discover with a small museum tucked away in a little courtyard,
I will pop in ….
but unfortunately my Bella wont, as she isn’t allowed. Sad!
MY NEW PLACES TO VISIT – not too far away …
apparently is often visited for two reasons:
Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, and his grave in nearby Bladon.
However the brochure says, Woodstock has much more to offer…
so I will have to have a trip out and discover just WHAT!
– As soon as my bus pass turns up in the post!
But THIS does look impressive!
“Set in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, Blenheim Palace is considered to be one of the finest baroque houses in the country. It was a gift from Queen Anne and a grateful nation to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, in recognition of his famous victory over the French at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704. It is now the home of the 11th Duke of Marlborough and is lived in and cared for by the family for whom it was built. Inside the Palace can be found a superb collection of tapestries, paintings, porcelain and furniture in the magnificent State Rooms.
Sir Winston Churchill was born in the Palace in 1874 and a permanent exhibition about him is located next to his birth room – both are included in the Palace tour. Sir Winston loved Blenheim and, as a member of the family, was a frequent visitor during his long life. He is buried in a simple grave in the nearby church at Bladon. A separate exhibition, ‘Churchills’ Destiny – the story of two great war leaders’, celebrates the achievements of Winston and his great hero and ancestor, John Churchill.”
Seeing as I am reading Churchill’s 6 volumes of the Second World War, I think I MUST
go and see where he was born. I had assumed that as such a great leader of our country
that he would have been buried in Westminster Abbey ……
So I will have to make a trip to:
is a place of pilgrimage.
” It was January 1965 that the greatest Prime Minister in British history came back to the Cotswolds to be buried. Sir Winston Churchill was laid to rest, next to his parents and other members of the Spencer-Churchill families. in the small cemetery at St Martins.”
One thing I do already know about Bladon
is that it has a gorgeous ….
typically Cotswolds ….
Must visit ….
“Perched on the highest point in Oxfordshire,
Chipping Norton was once a centre for the Cotswold wool trade
and was given a Royal charter by King John in 1205.
The medieval Guildhall and St Mary’s Church reflect the prosperity brought by the wool trade.”
Isn’t this so pretty? and so typically English?
ONLY A WALK AWAY …..
along the banks of the River Windrush
and I arrive at …..
MINSTER LOVELL HALL
“Located in a picturesque position beside the River Windrush in the lovely village of Minster Lovell are the ruins of this 15th century manor house, home of the Lovel family for centuries. The manor of Lovell was once in the hands of the crown, and appears to have been granted to the Lovel family by Henry I prior to 1124. The manor holding passed through a succession of Lovels until John Lovel (d. 1310) was created first Lord Lovel.”
lots to see …
places to go …..
people to meet!
I think it is all very INSPIRING.
I hope you have enjoyed visiting my new area with me!
I wonder if anyone knows where I now live?
See you around!