Trips & Adventures – 24 October 2019
We met at Piccadilly Train Station and headed towards Platform 13. Tony tripped at the end of the moving walkway (fortunately into my arms) and we laughed: “Now we’ve had the trip, we are looking for the adventure!” Incidentally, Mr Essoldo was looking very dapper in his Harris Tweed matching jacket, waistcoat and cap.
We arrived at Davenport in less than twenty minutes and then took bus 378 to Bramhall. Bramhall Hall and Park are set in extensive grounds with landscaped parkland, lakes, woodland and gardens.
The Hall is a superb Tudor manor house with origins dating back to medieval times. The manor of Bramhall was first described in the Domesday Book in 1086, but the spelling was “Bramale”.
Of course, we made our way to the cafe and enjoyed Shepherd’s pie, fish, chips and mushy peas, steak, soup and chips. The portions were huge, but we managed to clean the plates
The Hall, one of the most beautiful treasures of England, is of great national importance. The magnificent 16th century wall paintings, striking Elizabethan plaster ceiling, the Victorian Kitchens and Servants’ Quarters give this Hall its unique charm.
The Hall offers unique insights into the families and servants who lived and worked there. It stands in about 70 acres of parkland designed in the Victorian Romantic style. It offers woodland walks with intriguing glimpses of the Hall itself and of the brooks and lakes.
The framework is constructed with oak timbers, joined together using mortise and tenon joints and held in place with oak pegs. Wattle and daub (interlaced twigs crudely coated with clay) or lath (thin narrow strops of wood) and plaster were used to fill the spaces between the timbers.
There is a lot to see and after visiting the house, we admired the landscaped parkland and lake before heading back to the cafe for coffee and cake!
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