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.
It is water driven mill (has an emergency electric backup when water levels are low)
This 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
Here is a plan of the mill – you can visit and see all the areas
And 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
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,
Was over at Finch Foundry last week and took a few pictures of the Carpenter’s shop and the grinding room. Such a great place to visit – so atmospheric! Finch Foundry is open until 2nd November.
Spinning drive wheel
Spinning sharpening wheel
It’s the law!
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.
Large wall installation of a calm sea
One of the rooms contains a huge collection of bottles filled with water from the world’s oceans – brilliant
A sculpture of basalt – its the Giant’s Causeway in miniature!
A wave made of wax
This 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.
The main house – was used for many years as the HQ of the Somerset Fire Service
Looking over the formal gardens
It is worth comparing Hestercombe’s gardens with those at Castle Drogo – both were designed by Lutyens
The water features run with water out of the Quantocks
Must go back in the summer – this will be aide then with roses
Autumn sun on the terraces
Tomorrow I will share some photos from inside the house
A few pictures of the Summer House in the grounds of Finch Foundry.
Outside looking in
Sign 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
Truth, faith and hope
Inside looking up – apex of the roof
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.
Three pieces outside Plymouth University (opposite the Plymouth Museum)
Three in a row
‘Passage’ in Whiddon Deer Park – in the Teign Valley opposite Castle Drogo