The Magic of Kingley Vale – The Climb to the Top!

Kingley Vale Part Two

The Kingley Vale National Nature Reserve is a national nature reserve near Chichester, West Sussex and is on part of the South Downs. It covers an area of 400 acres. A large area of grass downland surrounds the ancient grove yew trees and beech woods. Julia and I are continuing our exploration of this magical …

The Magic of Kingley Vale – The Beech Wood

The Magic of Kingley Vale

Kingley Vale is famous for its ancient grove of yew trees and in a previous visit the lovely Julia and I took a look at them. Today, however, we have returned to this nature reserve in West Sussex, but it isn’t the yews that we are interested in. It is the beech wood. Join us …

In Search of a Georgian Grotto

In search of the Georgian Grotto in Carshalton Park

I have returned to Carshalton in the South London Borough of Sutton. I am seeking a Georgian Grotto. My helpers are again, Marq English, Emilie Champion and Maya. The Grotto, situated in the south-east corner of Carshalton park,was built in about 1724 as an ambitious design for landscaping in the park. The structure is now …

A Whiz Round Carshalton in Surrey

Carshalton

Carshalton is a suburb of London in Surrey. Once a quiet village, now a busy through town en route to central London. However many features from the past are still present: The village pond, Anne Boleyn’s well, the old Fire Engine house and a Victorian Orangery. I am joined by a number of my regular …

A climb up All Saints Church Tower, Biddenden

All Saints Tower

Julia and I are back at All Saints Church in Biddenden, Kent. This time we meet Brian Bennewith, bell-ringer and keeper of the clock. Very kindly Brian takes us up the tower to look at the bells, the clock and the amazing views from the roof. Join us for a delightful climb and inspiring adventure. …

A Look Around All Saints Church in Biddenden

All Saints Church

Revd. Alex Bienfait very kindly shows Julia and I around the beautiful parish church in Biddenden in Kent and points out some of his favourite historic artifacts. All Saints was built mostly in the 13th century, although there was likely an earlier Saxon church on the site. Inside we discover a collection of interesting memorial …