Sunday, 28 August 2011

Sherborne Castle, Dorset

It's Sunday evening and Oliver is coming to stay again tomorrow until Thursday so thought I had better write a post today so...
Looking back to our Summer holiday - it feels so long ago!

We are visiting Sherborne Castle here and in my next post we will go to the town of Sherborne

Sherborne Castle was built by Sir Walter Rayleigh in 1594 and it has been the stately home of the Digby family since 1617
The Digbys added the four distinctive wings in the 1620's and a Georgian extension of 1787 provided more accommodation and improved living standards.
Prince William of Orange was entertained here in 1688 and King George III visited in 1789.

First we visit the tearooms on the left for some lunch

Photographs not allowed in the house
but I did manage to get a couple of shots of Walter Raleigh's kitchen

We walk out into the gardens

where there is a good view of Sherborne Old Castle
These are the ruins of a 12th century castle built for the Bishops of Salisbury and destroyed in 16 days by Oliver Cromwell in the Civil War.

Looking back at the castle

We have now reached the boundary of the ruined castle
and once we have walked back we will spend the rest of the day walking around the town


Arlene said...

Ahhh What memories Sherborne Castle have for me, I've been to many dog shows there over the years, to both judge and compete, lovely castle, and beautiful grounds, I'm not surprised to see you enjoyed your day there, Thanks for your visit much appreciated.

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

Hi Barbara! Thank you for a tour of Sherborne Castle. I've never seen a castle that looks quite like that one; it has some interesting architecture. I bet Sir Walter Raleigh never saw his own kitchen! It looks very neat and tidy all these centuries all the copper pots and pans in their neat rows.

Shawn said...

Thanks for sharing Barbara! I started following to enjoy and learn more of about English gardens and have come away with so much more.

Trisha said...

Now I can get a feel for why England is called the old country. Structures built in the 15, & 1600's still standing in all their beauty. That is amazing. I love looking all your pictures, I didn't care much for history in school, but, if it had been up close and personal like your blog, then I would have loved it. Thanks for sharing these historical pictures with us.
Have a Blessed day.

C. Joy said...

Thanks for taking us along on your holiday, Sherborne Castle is impressive. Hope you have a wonderful week.

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

Jack and I both enjoyed that.

Illusionfree said...

That the leader of the Glorious Revolution had visited this place makes it specially interesting for me!
I love those copper pots and pans in the kitchen!
Thanks also, Barbara, for visiting me.

Deanna said...

The English Gardens are lovely. Thank you for sharing this place with us in blogland.
Enjoyed seeing the sites with you,

marigold jam said...

Have just noticed your blog listed on Fabric Paper Thread and had to pop over and see what you had written about Sherborne since I lived there as a girl and have now returned to the Somerset Dorset borders to live after many years elsewhere. I did a similar post about Sherborne Castle on my blog a while ago and I am looking forward to seeing what you post about the town itself - we were there on Saturday wonder if we saw you!

Elizabethd said...

Sherborne is a lovely place to visit. It seems that the rush and bustle has almost passed it by. The castle is most impressive.
You will enjoy your grandson's visit, I'm sure!

marigold jam said...

Just re-read your post and see you were in Sherborne a while ago not now!

Lorrie said...

Another lovely post. The entrance to the castle looks rather imposing and unfriendly, but once you took us through the arch into the garden, ah, what beauty!
Enjoy your time with Oliver.

cyclopseven said...

It has been quite some time, since I last trailed your foot steps. Hope you are doing fine.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this article about this Tudor mansion. Splendid photos, and those antique collections of the kitchen items simply beautiful. The elegant architecture speaks of the minds which lived there.

p/s: you are way much younger than the number stated in your profile. Are you sure, you are 72? :)

Lori Zehr said...

The castle is so interesting! I love the pictures you took over the lake. Lovely.

Terri said...

Love tripping with you Barbara! Looking forward to seeing the town, too.
Have fun with your grandboy.

Diane said...

What a beautiful old castle. I enjoyed the tour. Lovely photo taken from afar!

HOPE said...

Thank you once again for the lovely historical tours...

Castles are so very interesting!

thank you for your kind comment and for visiting nice to know you.

Blessings on your journeys!

Cousin Pam said...

Have a special and fun time with Oliver. Hoping the weather brightens up for you.

bristowmom said...

Lovely castle. I assume no one lives there now?

Winifred said...

Just catching up with blogging a little. Never seem to have much time now due to childminding in school holidays, broken wrist (granddaughter, broken finger (daughter) and various other hospital visits thankfully not for me. So I've just read about about your break in & car theft. It is such a horrible feeling when this sort of thing happens. The blessing is that you were not hurt. Things can always be replaced can't they even though it hurts at the time.

Your photos are lovely so hope your break is helping heal the wounds Barbara.

Nancie said...

Hi Barbara,

The castle is so beautiful. Such lovely places you managed to visit! Glad you enjoyed your trip.

Take care and have a blessed weekend.

Warm regards,

Arlene said...

I made a note to me to come and visit your blog this week and glad I did, more fascinating pics, I've awarded you a sunshine blog award Barbara, pop into my This'n'That.blogspot to collect it Arlene