Hatton Court Hotel

Our breakfast was accompanied by a loud teleconference call that was taking place on a nearby table. The call was upsetting and my heart went out to the family who were coping with a premature birth. The nature of some of the conversation turned my stomach a little whilst I was trying to enjoy my breakfast. I think the conversation would have been more appropriate in a quiet area away from the breakfast room but I hope the little one is doing well after its unexpected early ordeal.

We loaded the car, checked out and took the Welsh border route in order to take in a couple of castles on the way home.

Monmouth Castle

The first castle on Mr C’s itinerary was Monmouth. The remains were minimal and the attached museum wasn’t open until the afternoon. Walking back through the town, we noticed a book shop which called us inside. We didn’t leave empty handed. I found a book that I had looked for on my previous holiday in Brighton; “Steeple Chasing: Around Britain by Church” (Peter Ross). It is a book that I read about in Country Walking magazine which features a lovely church (with angels) that I visited on last years Norfolk adventure. I could have ordered it online but sometimes I just have to hold a book in my hands before I purchase it.

Raglan Castle

We rejoined our route along the Welsh border, stopping at castle number two, Raglan. This castle with its moated tower is far more substantial than Monmouth. Raglan was built 150 years later than the turbulent era that saw castles built along the English/Welsh border. Raglan was intended to impress more than intimidate. The castle looked stunning in the sunshine that emerged as we arrived.

We thought we might find a bakery in Raglan town where we could purchase some made-to-order sandwiches for lunch. This was not to be so we continued along our Welsh border route to Abergavenny where we noticed a promising bakery. After parking the car, we found the bakery somewhat lacking in sandwich (and drink) opportunities but we were both able to find a tasty morsel to satisfy our lunch time appetite.

The Priory Church of St Mary

We ate our lunch sitting on a bench outside the delightful Priory Church of St Mary. The church houses a collection of memorial effigies and a 15th century wooden carving; The Jesse which was once part of a larger carving forming Jesse Tree depicting the lineage of Jesus Christ as detailed in the Bible. A modern stained-glass window of the Jesse Tree has been installed which now substitutes for the missing part of the carving.

On our way home we picked up lasagne allowing us to enjoy ‘Fine Dining’ on our patio as the sun went down.

4 Comments CherryPie on Aug 27th 2023

4 Responses to “Gloucester – Day Three”

  1. Wonderful castles – looks like you had a great short break :)

  2. Henry V was born there?
    Henry VIII was born in my town. ;)
    Yea, I know. We’ve got some Royal link here.
    How about your home town?