Clyston Mill – Broadclyst

We held our SW Leaders Day in Broadclyst at the Victory Hall yesterday – at lunchtime some of us popped over to the NT’s Clyston Mill property in the village for a quick look around. It is a working flour mill and well worth a visit. The season this year is nearly over but it is open until Sunday week – NB – it is only open Saturdays to Wednesdays 1pm-5pm.

IMG_2733It is  water driven mill (has an emergency electric backup when water levels are low)

IMG_2732This mill dates from the 19th century and has 3 sets of grind stones – there has been a mill on the site since the Domesday Book era

MillHere is a plan of the mill – you can visit and see all the areas

FlourAnd here is a bag of Clyston Mill flour! – Time to get the bread maker out.

If you want to visit – I recommend you contact 01392 462425 to check opening and milling times

Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age – when? Confused?

Archaeologists often talk about the Stone Age, Bronze Age and the Iron Age. The later parts of the Stone Age are then broken down further into terms like the paleolithic, mesolithic and neolithic – it can be very confusing…

Help is at hand! This useful graphic from Plymouth Museum shows you the chronology along with the dates,

Prehistoric Britain

The art gallery at Hestercombe – Oceans

Hestercombe House is now empty and acts as a large gallery. When I visited it was hosting an exhibition called Oceans by Tania Kovats who lives in Devon. The exhibition runs until 11th January 2015 – well worth a visit. Here are a few photos of a some of the pieces of art.

Hestercombe 4Large wall installation of a calm sea

Hestercombe 5One of the rooms contains a huge collection of bottles filled with water from the world’s oceans – brilliant

Hestercombe 9A sculpture of basalt – its the Giant’s Causeway in miniature!

Hestercombe 7A wave made of wax

Hestercombe 10This sign is on one of the walls and points back to the building’s former use as Somerset Fire Service’s HQ



Hestercombe is a house and gardens that have been saved from the brink and restored over the last 20 years. The landscape garden was created in the 18th century and then in 1909 Lutyens and Jekyll designed and made the shrubbery and terraces. Hestercombe is just outside Taunton and is open all year round. Here are a few photos.

Hestercombe 02The main house – was used for many years as the HQ of the Somerset Fire  Service

Hestercombe 29Looking over the formal gardens

Hestercombe 30It is worth comparing Hestercombe’s gardens with those at Castle Drogo – both were designed by Lutyens

Hestercombe 22The water features run with water out of the Quantocks

Hestercombe 21Must go back in the summer – this will be aide then with roses

Hestercombe 16Autumn sun on the terraces

Tomorrow I will share some photos from inside the house

Finch Foundry’s Summer House

A few pictures of the Summer House in the grounds of Finch Foundry.

Summer House 1Outside looking in

Summer House 3Sign in the Summer House detailing the history – a serge maker was a maker of woollen cloth – here is a link to the Uncle Tom Cobley story in which Tom Pearse perhaps features

Summer House 4Duty!

Summer House 2 Truth, faith and hope

Summer House 5Inside looking up – apex of the roof

Randall Page

Last week I went to  a couple of places which host Peter Randall Page’s art – he is one of my favourite sculptors and of course he is a Dartmoor resident – more details here.

PRP1Three pieces outside Plymouth University (opposite the Plymouth Museum)


PRP-Phyllotaxus Phyllotaxus

PRP-Fructus Fructus

PRP-2Three in a row

PRP-4‘Passage’ in Whiddon Deer Park – in the Teign Valley opposite Castle Drogo