We completed ‘E’ today – the next letter on A-Z NT Family Challenge. We wanted to do things differently this time so E isn’t a traditional National Trust property – in fact there’s nothing concrete (pardon the pun!) to particularly see.
It would be easy, as part of this challenge to go to old houses for every letter. But that isn’t what a challenge is about surely? Ebworth is listed in the 2014 NT Handbook Index and on doing some research I found it was a significant old Estate, with a house (of varying size) present on the site since circa 12th century until 1957 when after the removal of some of the fittings, the interior was gutted by fire to provide practice for the local fire brigade. What a tragedy…another in the list of British history in ruins. An overriding feeling I had was that I would love to find out more about what the house looked like and the lives of some of the people who lived there.
So on this gorgeous sunny Sunday, my youngest son and I set off on the hour and a half car journey to Ebworth – located between the gorgeous Cotswold villages of Painswick & Cranham. We walked in some of the forest that would have been part of the Estate, located the Ebworth Centre which are the remains of the old estate outbuildings which now house offices and a workshop for local craftsmen. An overriding feeling I had was that I would love to find out more about what the old Ebworth House looked like and the lives of some of the people who lived there.
We spent some time in Cranham nearby to Ebworth and pretty much had a lovely couple of hours.
Now onto ‘F’….where next!