Awakened from slumber – Wolterton Park, Norfolk – By Johnny Farrar-Bell

Norfolk, 2015: – A glimpse of stonework through trees. The outline of a tumbledown church tower over a brick and flint wall. The outline of a Georgian faรงade. And then a dilapidated gatehouse, with the gates themselves open and inviting. I cycled on down the drive โ€“ only a basic wooden box encouraged visitors toContinue reading “Awakened from slumber – Wolterton Park, Norfolk – By Johnny Farrar-Bell”

Et in Arcadia – The Temple, Stoke-by-Nayland

Tucked away in the Suffolk countryside, not far from the Essex border, is the small village of Stoke-by-Nayland. Famed for its timber-framed cottages, many of them thatched, there are a handful of properties that do not fit this mould. South of the village, surrounded by fields, is one such building. This building is so extraordinaryContinue reading “Et in Arcadia – The Temple, Stoke-by-Nayland”

A Jacobean Jewel in the Surrey Hills

An hour’s train ride south-west of London brings you to the pretty commuter villages of East and West Horsley. Drive for five minutes from the station until you hit the Leatherhead to Guildford road. A little way along towards the county town, surrounded by fields, is a modest red-brick gate lodge and splendid wrought ironContinue reading “A Jacobean Jewel in the Surrey Hills”