Culture: Baddesley Clinton


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A couple of weeks ago, Dad and I went out on a day trip, making the most of our National Trust memberships, to one of their properties not too far away from us, Baddesley Clinton. It's a National Trust house and garden famous for it's priest holes and tudor history. As a kid, I went there on a school trip and vividly remember dressing up and learning about Henry VII's wives. Our trip was less about history and dressing up and much more about relaxing, enjoying the good weather and seeing the summer flowers coming out to bloom!






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So with my comfy converse on, skinny patched jeans, flowery casual blouse and cropped pink denim jacket on and a fully belly from our picnic in the car lunch, we headed towards the path to start our Sunday stroll.


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One of the things I love about National Trust properties is the way that the animals behave. They're always so chilled and relaxed, blissfully unbothered by people like me zooming in to capture their natural behaviour on camera.

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We failed to locate the start of the walk, even with the aid of the map! But we kept meandering around, finding little nooks and crannies of nature to explore, so we just followed the plants, even if we did end up in a few dead ends!

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The stunning flowers in the walled garden were very uplifting, colourful and fresh for spring. The walled garden was full of the smell of spring and it was lovely to see so many little kids enjoying the plants and learning all about them.

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You can see the house in the distance, just about make out the moat, then the garden is just to the side. I think it would have been amazing to have lived here back in the era of the Tudors, just without the beheading and religious conflict. Just think how amazing it would be to live without the modern pressures and technology we live with and experience today, I think I'd rather enjoy that. But knowing me, I'd probably just write the Tudor equivalent of a blog, a journal.

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The greenery adjacent to the walled garden was just as inviting. So many diverse shades of green in all shapes and sizes. There was a fair bit of wildlife too! Fish in the water and ducks and geese. I always look up too, to see what's growing above, I'm always surprised with the photographs I take of above, featuring the clouds, blue skies and tops of trees, the things we don't consider all that often.

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The flowers and plants weren't the only interesting thing at Baddesley Clinton. Most National Trust properties and gardens have a second hand book store, I always love to have a gander through the books, most of them are super old, but there are some interesting gems to be found! Baddesley Clinton had old maps in their collection, i'm currently after some vintage maps for mine and Adam's flat, I didn't manage to pick one up, but the hunt continues! I'd much rather get it from a second hand source as it's sustainable and the money goes to a great cause.

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We managed to get onto a tour of the house in the late afternoon. It was funny, I didn't remember the house at all, so it was fun to explore with my Dad. Baddesley Clinton has priest holes which would hide Catholic priests in the house when it was being raided in the era that Henry the VII tried to abolish the catholic church in the UK. Whilst some hiding places are big, some are super small, uncomfortably so.

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Outside, around the moat, ducks sat on the grass and paddled in the waters. After watching the wildlife for a while, we wandered back towards the entrance, picked up coffee and ice cream on the way, whilst I wondered whether If I bought a plant I'd be able to keep it alive. I reasoned that I probably wouldn't and should stick to the non-dead plants I've currently got.

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Amazing Vegware that's completely decomposable coffee cups, an ecological and environmental solution that all coffee shops should be using, good one National Trust.

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The National Trust is a fantastic organisation that not only preserves properties like this, but provides amazing day out for others to enjoy and I'm all for that. Knowing my money goes towards something great and long lasting makes me happy and allows me to enjoy my day trip even more.

Whilst I don't remember my school trip, I will remember this visit!

Clo





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