Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Canons Ashby

The sun was shining today so we decided our walk would be around Canons Ashby grounds. It has been a long time since we last visited.
The house was originally a Priory, but after the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII it became the home of the Dryden family.
The National Trust rescued it from neglect in 1981 and transformed the very overgrown gardens using the plans recorded by Sir Henry Dryden in 1837.
The well kept gardens

Metal target used for shooting practise with muskets and pistols.
Just look at the missed shots!!

Target plaque

This statue of a shepherd boy was made in 1713 to honour the actions of a shepherd
during a Civil War skirmish at Canons Ashby

Topiary trimmed bushes look like faces as you enter the grounds.

Love this man and the shepherds hut.
A really nice couple of hours spent wandering around, 
next time we will visit the house and priory church.

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