Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Nuffield Place

Not so far away from Greys Court you will find Nuffield Place it was built in 1914 for Sir John Bowring Wimble, a shipping magnate. He died and his widow sold the house to William Morris in 1933. Some of you might ask who was William Morris well he started out making bycicles in the shed of his parents house back in 1893 when he was 16. in 1901 he bought a shop in Oxford High Street buy 1903 he was building motorcycles. In 1909 he set up a garage along Longwall Street in Oxford selling cars and in 1912 he started manufacturing cars under WRM Motors LTD it went on to become Morris Garages and he became Lord Nuffield. He live at Nuffield place from 1933 till he died in 1963 and is buired at Nuffield church not far away. The house was left to the Nuffield Trust who had it for a long time before gifting it to the National Trust who run it now. I visited with my wife back in 2014 and 2015

Nuffield Place

On the way in you pass these brick sheds
 Against which you ca see this old deadication plaque

You also pass this old brick garage

Where you can see Lady Nuffields old Wolsley which she used to use

and in the back seat is a picnic basket ready to go out for a sunday picnic

There are alos a lot of old posters looking at

The day we came there were a couple of cars on display, one was this classic Morris Ten Four owned by one of the trust members

The other was in my mind a bit of a joke. A fiberglass replica MGTF which was produced though I could not tell you where
One of the first things you see walking in the house is a Bycicle, might have been  one of Lord Nuffield's early bikes

Next place is a small sitting room

You can see a photo of Lord & Lady Nuffield on the mantle piece

 Go through the snooker room

Then see the  lounge

Where of course you would listten to the radiogram
 You might also want to go for dinner.

 One of the things on show where the robes they had when attending officail functions

There was an aray of old pre decimal coins on show and if I am right there is 5 shillings 11.5 pence in that little lot

Lord Nuffield Writing desk

and his tinkering couboard, in truth I doubt he used much of the stuff shown here but I recogise most of it being an engineer. In truth he did not sleep well and used to tinker with clock inthe night

Lady Nuffiels sewing room where she made her clothes and those of her maid's  and also mended them as she ws a firm belever in making do and mending things

Her room had lots of paterns fro making items

A book on things housewifes could do. Think of it Lady Nuffield could afford a few servants but she still did things herself and mended her own stockings

No doubt packed her own case

Last thing we did in the house was look round the gift shop but I only looke at one thing
Out in the garden is a hnad pump with apoor little lost bunny on it, might add next time we visited it had gone

The side of the house with rocery

Thought the weather vane superb butthe the person who built the house was a shipping magnet .The sundial, you can see where it is situated on the house in the first photo

Out in the vegitable garden is a potting shed full woth all the stuff you would think should be there

I'd love a shed like this

 The the opposite corner of the garden you see this building, go inside and

 you can see an Iron Lung. Lord Nuffield used to make at the Cowley factory them and give them to any hospital that needed one

If you check the link above you can see one like this on the section about Lord Nuffield

A superb view of his garden from one of the upstairs windows

  The House from the garden. Hope you enjoyed your look round. Nuffield place is just off the A4310 at the top of Gangsdown Hill near Nettelbed. Its worth a look round if you have a couple of houes and you can get a cup of tea in the tea room there.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Mapledurham House

Last year my wife & I visted Mapledurham House, one place I had wanted to return to for a number of years. It's situated on the edge of the Thames and is an old Tudor manor house which has been in the same family for most of that time. Now I have written a couple of smaller blogs on the place but I thought I would add it to my explores and do a longer blog.

Mapledurham is famous for it's mill which is one of the first places you will see, mind you the carpark for the house is up behind it so it is one of the first places you will visit and where I will start this blog. The mill was used on the cover of a Black Sabbath Album and in the film the Eagle has Landed. If you click the second link you can see some Photos of the Filming

Going from the carpark you see the mill race and the back of the mill

The wall on the side of the mill is covered in years of graffiti

If you have paid to visit the house you get entry to the mill which is well worth looking round. IT used to have two water wheels but one was removed, this is part of the gearing on it

On the opposite side you can see the mill working as they run it to mill corn

Go upstairs and you see  where the mill wheels are well at least the covering for them and hoppers

Opposite the mills you can see some of the old grinding wheels

 Some of you might recognise the wheel as it featured like the rest of the village in the film the Eagle has Landed.

You might remember I mentioned the mill had two water wheels and one was removed, well this Archimedes screw is were it used to be and now produces electricity for the house & village. At the time of visiting it was not working due to the water level in the Thames being low.

Going behind the mill you find the island is full of Canadian geese  so careful where you step

You can also walk over to the side of the Thames and see the weir

I zoomed in to show what was happening at the weir. Some Canada Geese

A swan near a Heron

 Thought these were Egyptian Geese but the may well be ducks

The Gees having a paddle

The Heron watching out for a meal

  but if you turn around you have  great view of the mill you don't normally see. I might add the mill has a gift shop and you can also purchase flour milled there.

 After coming out of the mill we walked into the house grounds past St Margaret's Church I have visited the church before so if you would like to see inside click the link

You pass the old stables which have been converted to a restaurant  and serve a nice cup of tea or coffee with home made cake.

From there you walk round to the front of the house for a first view of the place

The front of the house has some magnificent magnolia tress growing either side

This is one of the magnolias.
The entrance to house still has the original coat of arms over the porch.

That is as near to the inside you get with a camera because the notice tells you no photography allowed which is a shame because there is a lot to see in there especially the chapel which is mostly original and I would loved to have shown it

We come back out the way you came in and then went for a wander round the garden

Net Old Father Thames who Watches over Mapledurham
The house from over on one of the seats in the garden

You can see the tree on the left as you walk in first of all but if you look at the base you see the plaque on the right

We went for a walk in the village and the building on the right is the old estate Laundry

These are the old Village Almshouses

The cottage on the right is what you wold call a typical English cottage & Garden

Look out for the spotted Cow

Last housing the village

The view as you come into Mapledurham, this was one of the views you got in the Film the Eagle has Landed

Love the Wisteria on this cottage

On the way back we passed the Mill and these geese feeding

and swimming along

 The Egiptian Geese keeping out the way
of all the Canada geese. I wanted to get a view of the Thames

and managed to get this view towards Harslock Woods

The Thames at Mapledurham

Hope you enjoyed the tour. If you want to visit look up Mapledurham house on Google it is an enjoyably few hours to spend in a place and you can get a boat from Reading and go along the Thames.