Another weekend, another castle! Luckily I’m rather partial to a ruin (it’s the archaeologist in my genes). Today we went to Old Wardour Castle nr Tisbury.
This is the only hexagonal castle in the UK – although a popular design on the continent. It was destroyed during the civil war. However, a number of staircases still exist and you can climb up to the fourth floor.
It was the castle used as the Locksley household in Hollywood blockbuster Robin Hood Prince of Thieves
There was also a grotto very similar to the one at Stourhead. I liked the grotto, but it was too cold to hang around. I think we’ll come back in the summer for a picnic.
After the snake and foot fiasco yesterday, we decided to go on a jaunt to old Sherborne Castle, looked after by English Heritage. It’s now a ruin. Walter Raleigh used to live there leasing it from Elizabeth I. But it reverted back to the throne when he was imprisoned for marrying one of Liz’s maids of honour without permission.
One of my favourite bits was the 40 foot deep well. I threw my favourite ball in … Luckily there’s a mesh there to catch balls and people! We threw stones down the gaps in the mesh and it sounded really, really deep! I don’t think I ever would have seen my ball again.
This afternoon we took a quick jaunt to Muchelney Abbey to make use of our English Heritage membership.
It’s a gorgeous place with some original tudor wall paintings and timber ceilings still in existence. But my favourite bits were the thatched monks loos, the only surviving example in the UK and dressing up as a monk. I think I look rather fetching.