Good morning world and thanks for tuning in on another Monday as we start our new week and begin to look ahead to all the great things it can bring us. But before we do that, I thought I would share with you a little stroll I took with Archie the Dog yesterday, to visit something call a Tithe Barn in Great Coxwell in Oxfordshire.
As ever, Archie and I did our homework first of all and found a nice Autumn walk that would take in the beauty and spender of this 13th Century barn, a barn which was actually at one point known to belong to the Cistercian Monks of Beaulieu Abbey.
So we started the walk at a National Trust site known as Badbury Clump where the remains of an Iron Age hill fort from about 600BC are close to the Clump which is also famous for its beech trees and bluebells. Apparently they don’t like Metal Detectors around these parts though… 😉
Also known as Badbury Hill, it is the start of a National Trust recognised walk.
Which Archie started off blazing a trail along before we decided to do the walk clockwise instead of the opposite as listed in the guidebook.
So we about faced, walked through the car park and made it along a piece of road where the traffic appeared to go far too fast by far but we were soon out of danger and once again amongst the “wildlife” of farm animals.
Where I made friends with cow number 1395 who was more than happy to pose for my post today.
A little further along I decided to stop and take a photo to show the brilliance of the tree colour in contrast with the lushness of the grass, however, even though it didn’t come out like that at all, I wanted to keep it in because I thought it was nice to see the background scenery.
And Archie doing what he does best….. Smelling the smells!
Until we rounded a corner and he stopped to gauge my reaction because if you look closely, there is a rather special building behind that large tree in the middle of the shot….
And as we got closer, it looked better.
And then brilliant.
The Tithe Barn at Great Coxwell. An absolutely beautiful building, surrounded by beautiful land. It was built in 1292 to store grain. It then had the building at the forefront of the below picture added on in the early 19th century as stables for horses (or that is what they believe)
But once again Archie was desperate to have his photo taken at the doorway to the large barn, sure that he himself should live somewhere as fantastic as this.
As the plaque below says, the National Trust restored it quite a few years ago and aren’t afraid to ask for their pennies back….!
But then they did do a rather magnificent job of it.
Opposite the main Tithe Barn is this smaller barn that would have probably been used as stables.
Inside is a wonderful array of knowledge, laying out where the barn came from, who the Monks were, what it was used for and when it was refurbished.
So after a quick read, I walked back over to the barn and took a look inside.
Found out where we are supposed to put our pennies. Good luck stealing that piggy bank!
And what you got for your cash.
But what I wanted was pictures and history so found this original stone writing from the 1800’s when the barn was extended.
And looking up, although you can see it says 1868 on the cross beam it is still an amazing feat of engineering considering this main part was built over 700 years ago!
And the extension 😉 still looks good today
However the next few shots are me trying to be a bit arty using the light against the solidity of the barn walls.
Until we head back outside and into the mist of the morning.
It is still incredible to think how well this has weathered though over all of those hundreds of years. I doubt my house will still be standing in 700 years time!
So after a good look around the barn, Archie and I were off again, heading along the track, enjoying all of the autumn colours.
Again contrasted against the lushness of the green fields and the blue skies.
It wasn’t long before we started to head back toward civilisation of farmhouses and barns.
Some terribly British view’s for sure…
There was a crooked man, and he walked a crooked mile. He found a crooked sixpence upon a crooked stile. I know it’s a bridge but its exactly the rhyme that popped into my head when I saw this coming out of the top of the field we had walked around. And NO there were no sixpence’s to be found anywhere!
However, this little bridge did lead us back toward the Badbury Wood we had parked the car at a few hours earlier.
Walking us through the wonderful colours of the woods.
Where Archie was that busy sniffing where he shouldn’t, he managed to get himself a beard just like his old man 😉
And then we were back on the homeward straight and back to the car, enjoying more of the woods and views along the way.
When finally, we reached our destination only to find yet another swing. Like I said last week, it’s just not right to have woods without a swing…!
I hope you enjoyed our walk. Although it wasn’t actually very long (about 4 miles or so) there was a good amount uphill and plenty to see on such a lovely day so it was an enjoyable trip out, none the less.
Below is a You Tube video by David Clover that explains much more about the Tithe Barn. I have taken the liberty of adding the link to this post and trust it is okay with the author as I have been unable to contact him prior to publication.
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