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October 2014 

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ISSN 2399-6706

Issue No: 129

The Dovecote within the Gardens of Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk

October is the month in the UK when the countryside takes on a whole new colour from the many variations of green to the impressive collection of Autumn Colours of burnt oranges, reds and browns. As well as the vast amount of countryside we have within the UK, some tree lined streets and parks in towns and cities can take on a whole new look.

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There are also some places where autumn colours are spectacular like arboretums and woodlands which have many trees in a compact area. But the most impressive is when they are combined with water, such as Stourhead in Wiltshire, and on a sunny day the reflections add another dimension to your picture.

At the beginning of last month we had a week away in Norfolk and visited all the places listed below. This month we will be continuing to collect photos and information on more places to add to this resource over the coming winter months.  If any of you have been out and about over the summer and would like to share your places of interest with our readers we would be delighted to hear from you.

Before getting down to write, first take a look through our indexes to check out we haven't already got it covered, and if not then let me have details and photos and I will make sure it gets added along with ours over the next few months. If we have covered it but you have some fantastic photos we could add to the existing page or even a gallery then we would appreciate anything you would like to submit. We are always happy to hear from you.

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What's New and Changed

No updates or additions this month have been too busy out and about collecting more photos.

Places Visited in the Last Month
September was another busy month out and about visiting new places to take photographs and to add over the coming winter months. The places we visited include:-

Rushton Triangular Lodge, Northamptonshire. A folly constructed between 1593 and 1597 and designed by the father of one of the Gunpowder plotters. This impressive building has three sides, each room has three windows, it has three floors and on the day we visited a resident bat who had decided to sleep on one of the steps, so we had to watch where we tread.

Anglesey Abbey, Gardens and Lode Mill, Cambridgeshire. The country home of Lord Fairhaven where he could pursue his love of horse racing at nearby Newmarket. The gardens were impressive including the many statues and their Dahlia garden with its array of colours, shapes, fragrances and the fact it was designed on a curve so that you could not see the whole garden from end to end and therefore had to walk and discover. You can also explore the three floors of the working Lode Mill and get to find out how flour is made.

Blickling Hall Estate, near Aylsham, Norfolk. A turreted red-brick Jacobean House with its long gallery housing and impressive book collection and set amongst grounds which incorporates woodland, a secret garden, sculpted yew hedges, a fountain and a large lake. A walk through the many paths of the woodland took you to an orangery and a temple.

The Muckleburgh Military Collection, Weybourne, Norfolk. A military museum sited on a former military camp. Filled with the military history of Norfolk and its regiments as well as military equipment such as tanks, armoured vehicles, anti aircraft guns and other guns, small arms, missiles and more.

Binham Priory and Market Cross, Norfolk. The priory retains its nave which is now the parish church. The ruins outside are extensive and the massive piers emphasize the original size of this Benedictine Priory. Within the village green is the remains of a 15th century cross on the site of an annual fair which was held from the 1100's to the 1950's.

Hunstanton Lighthouse, Norfolk. Easy to photograph on the clifftop overlooking the sea, with a large public car park nearby.

Creake Abbey, Norfolk. A ruined Augustinian abbey church reduced in size after a fire in the 15th Century.

Norwich Aviation Museum, Norwich, Norfolk. Suited on the north side of the city centre, not far from the current airport is a museum that has 17 full size mainly military planes, two of which you can take a tour on. There are also exhibition halls with military uniforms, medals and other paraphernalia on show.

North Elmham Chapel, Norfolk. A small ruined moated Norman chapel hidden behind some houses. It is thought it stands on the site of an earlier timber church, probably a Saxon cathedral. In the 14th century it was converted into a fortified manor house by an unpopular Bishop of Norwich.

Castle Acre Priory, Norfolk. This is a large and well preserved monastic priory. A virtually complete west range and fully roofed. Its timber framed and flint chequered porch and has an oreil windowed priors lodging which includes a chamber, fireplace, painted ceiling with Tudor Roses. Amongst the remains of cloister and monks living quarters there is also the remains of what was a two storey 24 seater toilet block. A truly impressive site

Castle Acre Castle, Norfolk. The impressive castle earthworks is all that remains here, with a little of the ruins of the keep. Probably built initially as a stone 'country house', but over time walls, ramparts and ditches were build to surround it and keep the occupants safe.

Castle Acre Bailey Gate, Norfolk. The main road runs between the two towers of the North Bailey Gate.

Oxburgh Hall, near Swaffham, Norfolk. A pretty moated house built in the 15th century. Within this house you have a secret priests hole to explore, needlework by Mary Queen of Scots, display of historic wall papers and the kings room left as it would have been. You can even climb a spiral staircase in the gatehouse to get onto its roof to get spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Within the grounds there are also gardens and a small family church with a large folding Triptych.

Hillside Shire Horse Sanctuary, West Runton, Norfolk. A small but delightful animal sanctuary which started off life as a centre for Shire Horses but now is home to a large number of horses of varying breeds as well as some donkeys, pigs, alpacas, rabbits, deer and more. There is also a bygones agricultural equipment exhibition space.

Baconsthorpe Castle, Norfolk  . An English Heritage property out in the countryside accessed via a farmers long driveway. Gorgeous location and a substantial amount of ruin to explore. Our contributor Anastasya had already given us a great idea of what was there. We have now collected a large number of additional photos that we shall be able to create a gallery for this romantic ruin.

Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk. You enter through the front door of this house. The gardens were separate away from the house and incorporated fruit trees and climbers, vegetables and flowers. There is also a dovecote in the gardens and a small orchard where chickens roam and bees are kept busy. Flowers in borders, climbers on walls, lilies in a small pond and a dry garden offering inspiration to gardeners.

Wymondham Abbey, Norfolk. The nave of the original abbey being the local community church, but outside there are still some remains of the original abbey in existence. Inside is an impressive highly decorative 'screen' covered in gold leaf on the east end. When the lights are turned on your reaction is 'wow', drawing your eye to the High Alter.

Kings Lynn Museum, Kings Lynn, Norfolk. The home of Sea Henge a large ancient wood circle found on a nearby beach and recreated within the museum using some of the original preserved timbers. Also a good source of local history from early man through to present day.

Cley Windmill, Cley Next the Sea, Norfolk. A tower mill will full sails, now a house, and visible from the roadside and beach.

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