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Poplar Cottage was the home of a landless peasant and his family in the early-mid 17th century. The garden of such a low-status dwelling would have been used almost exclusively to produce food and grow herbs for strewing and medicinal purposes. Few if any of the plans would have been grown for their aesthetic value.*

*From [...]

16 Comments CherryPie on Jan 29th 2019

Bayleaf is a timber-framed hall house dating mainly from the early  fifteenth century. The garden is a re-creation of a late-medieval garden, laid out in blocks of beds.

Each plot, together with the access path, measures 2 x 1 perches (16.5 x 33ft); 16.5ft is the statutory rod, pole or perch. This is the measurement a [...]

12 Comments CherryPie on Jan 28th 2019

In a forest of a hundred thousand trees, no two leaves are alike. And no two journeys along the same path are alike.
Paulo Coelho

12 Comments CherryPie on Jan 27th 2019

The house from Walderton was built in the early-mid seventeenth century. The garden would have been mainly for vegetables, fruit, herbs and livestock. However, at this date and social level some plants were beginning to be grown for their aesthetic qualities. Lilies, Primroses and gillyflowers in the borders – the very first beginnings of decorative [...]

8 Comments CherryPie on Jan 26th 2019

This mill is for grinding corn, for flour and animal feed. The overshot waterwheel provides power for two pairs of millstones, a grain cleaner and a sack holst. *

*from the Weald & Downland Living Museum souvenir guide

18 Comments CherryPie on Jan 23rd 2019

This church was built in 1908 so serve the residents of the new village of South Wonston. It is 30 feet long by 15 feet wide (9 m by 4.5 m), with a porch and vestry. A short extension to the roof at the east end forms a cowl for a bell with a pulley [...]

8 Comments CherryPie on Jan 21st 2019

This photograph shows a carving of a double V ritual mark. This stands for Virgo Virginum – Virgin of Virgins – i.e. the Virgin Mary. It is not uncommon and is used on a wide variety of building materials and locations as a charm to ward off evil spirits and invoke good luck on the [...]

14 Comments CherryPie on Jan 19th 2019

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