What else was lovely was the trip to Cressing Temple. How I have never heard of it or been to visit it before, I have no idea! It's an 'ancient monument' one of the earliest possessions of the Knights Templar which has three Grade I listed Medieval barns, one of which is the oldest standing timber-framed barn in the world as well as a reconstructed Elizabethan walled garden which is lovely.
One barn is completely empty, a real 'wow' place, absolutely enormous. The other has a museum display and a scaffolding so that you can see the old timbers at close sight. It's all very touchy-feely with only a few of the exhibits in the whole site roped off.
I took some photos, of course, although the battery ran out as we entered the walled garden which means that, of course, I shall have to go back there again!
The rest of today's entries consists of some photos I took with occasional comments
|Such old timber with built in woodworm!|
|A Victorian craftsman's initials (I think).|
|There's a blacksmith's shop . . .|
|. . . and a wheelwright's.|
|This is straight - honest. Lovely wonky walls!|
|It doesn't show up too well but this upstairs floor is very uneven - look at where it meets the side.|
|A beautiful one room building containing a well.|
|Inside the bread oven in the baker's shop - thank goodness for flash photography because it was extremely dark.|
|The wheat barn (I think)|
|The only photo I got of the walled garden.|