The planned visits to Trust properties didn’t happen due to some heavy rain so instead I have been taking advantage of the time to organise the van and have a walk around the village.
This is what I love about being able to travel with no time restrictions, I can spend my life being able to not worry about seeing everything at once, and just enjoy where I am. I will be back in this area in the summer so will add the properties to my list for then.
Wolverley is a very cute little English village, and had a couple of unusual features that make is special.
The first is a local legend concerning the Lord of the Manor, Sir John Attwood, who went off to fight in the early 1200s in the Middle East. He was injured and captured, but was then allegedly mysteriously returned home by a swan.
The legend is commemorated by a carving near the river and the knight’s effigy can be found in the local church.
The Manor House is now a nursing home, but there are many other beautiful old houses, showing this has always been a place of importance. This one below was built in 1876 and reminds me of Lacock Abbey, another Trust house.
There are also some very cute cottages in the middle of the village, some made even more special by the matching garlands on the doors!
I love the idea of spring or Easter wreaths as well as Christmas ones, these tulips are so pretty. It was lovely to see all the trees in blossom along the river.
The village is dominated by a beautiful church which sits high on the red rock outcrop, with a winding path up to it.
As with all old churches there were some gorgeous headstones.
There was also some beautiful embroidery done by the local Mothers’ Union and WI.
I have seen a similar Mary stitching in other churches so maybe it was a common thing for the Union to make.
In the church there was also this very unusual stitched map. There were cross stitched pictures done from photos of village locations with an embroidered map of the village, and information about the houses.
It was there I discovered that the village had some old Rock houses. Similar to the cave houses in Spain, these are a feature of this area.
There were two old ones in the centre of the village, clearly long abandoned but it looked like one had maybe been used for a Nativity or Santa’s Grotto.
I love little wanders like this, off the main tourist trail, it is so interesting what you find. I ended with a nice pint of cider watching a boat go through the lock, all in the name of canal history research you understand!
The van is now sorted properly, I needed to live in it again for a while to work out where things would be be stored and maximise my space.
I will be going back to my sister’s tomorrow and leaving Katy behind for a few months. I still have lots of adventures planned though so will be back here with more of those soon.
Hope you all have a good week, have fun, take care, stay safe and thanks for visiting.