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Gawsworth and a Greyhound Birthday Party
Armed with just my camera and picnic rug, the plan was to take a leisurely stroll around around the grounds of Gawsworth Hall in Cheshire and sit on the lawn by the lake and do absolutely nothing but gaze at the water lilies and recharge my batteries. A lazy warm sunny Sunday in a peaceful location. Except I hadn't reckoned on the 10th Birthday Celebration of the Italian Greyhound Rescue Charity!
Rambling old roses adorn the traditional black and white timber frame.
I slowly strolled around the pretty formal gardens seeking out the detail.
I headed over the nearby St James' Church. I love how the gravestones overhang the edge. The sandstone church dates back to the 15th century. Sometimes I feel we take for granted the wealth of historical buildings in England. Inside lies the tomb of Mary Fitton - supposedly Shakespeare's lover. It would seem he wasn't her only love interest and she became pregnant by a rival lover and ended up being imprisoned for a while in the Tower of London! And so she stars as the Dark Lady of Shakespeare's Sonnets!
The graveyard is crammed with of all sorts of interesting old graves and stonework. On my way out I stopped to view the unusual Scull and Crossbones on the gate. I mentioned these last year on a previous visit - I find them so intriguing and I've never yet discovered their significance except to learn that there are a few similar mysterious examples in other English churchyards.
Hope you enjoyed my Weekend Walk visit to Gawsworth in Cheshire!
If you've been out and about with your camera please feel free to add a link below...
The age of those buildings just amazes me, when our whole country was only started in 1770ish. The tombstones, the old churches super amazing!
Another great Tudor house this one is memorable. I too wonder about the skulls i see so many of them....
Wonderful post Helen! I will look you up when (not if) I am ever in the UK. I imagine you to be the best guide. Plus, it seems we love the same things! Thanks for sharing!
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