As I mentioned in my St.Martin’s church, Corsham post, our day out would be broken down to 2 posts, so here’s the second part, albeit very late after the fact but life has been crazy since I’ve started to garden up together and well, life in general really.After leaving the church we headed out towards Corsham Lake.I had meant to take the kids last year when we visited St.Martin’s for the first time but for whatever reason we didn’t.It was the first part of the Easter holiday, which was bitterly cold and we the kids were undressed despite me warning them to wear a bit more than they had on.
The lambs had only just come into the fields, I don’t think you can never be unhappy watching them jump around.The sheep have the right of way, so many had started to wriggle through the railings and kissing gate to enter the side of the fields that the general public walk, mostly with dogs.We did panic when we saw a lone lamb on the side where we were, bleating desperately at her mum on the other side of the fence.When the other lambs and sheep started coming through we ceased our plan to coax the lamb back through the fence, I even suggested to Kip he should pick up the lamb.
On our way to the lake you could hear the call of a Peacock.Peacocks have free reign of Corsham court, they mainly stay in the grounds and gardens.My kids really wanted to see one close up, so on the way back we tried to locate the one we could hear.We got a visual on him back at the church, walking around in Corsham Court gardens.As I said in my St.Martin’s post, despite living local for so many years and having lived in Corsham with an ex fiance, I had never been to Corsham Court house.Based on this, I decided that we should take a gander inside.You just never know what it had to offer.
Cat, my little history buff and Mouse the ever curious were all up for it.Kip, my nearly a teenager son, had other ideas.He wasn’t interested and just wanted to go home, if we were to go anywhere it was to sneak into the gardens to get a photo of the peacock.Taking control, I ushered everyone one inside the 400 year old building.An older lady greeted us inside and pointed towards the music room, where another lady stood behind a desk filled with tourist leaflets and a cash register.After notifying us that they don’t take cards, we went back out into town to the local cash machine and the toilets.Of course, this infuriated Kip even more.On our return, what was strutting around the Magnolia bushes? A peacock.
“Just take a photo of the peacock and let’s go home.We don’t need to go into the house now”.
Slightly peeved at my young son, who thinks he’s the boss, we went back into the house.The normal charge was £25 but there was an older man who said £20.Happy with my £5 saving, we started our way around the ground floor.Each of the rooms we visited had huge collections of very large paintings, collected by Lord Methuen, from his time in the army.He also collected various bits of furniture and ornaments.As we went round we talked about the paintings, which wasn’t that easy.Majority were religious, showing Jesus at his most vulnerable moments.In all honesty majority of the pictures were quite graphic and gothic in nature.Even some of the non-religious scenes were a bit grim.The most talked about paintings was the one of King Charles II and Queen Elizabeth I.I was pretty proud of Cat for recognising Charles and the painting of Elizabeth, which got us talking the most.Painted post death (we didn’t know until after we looked at the painting this), it shows her looking really old with The Grim Reaper and hour glasses, one emptying and one broken.I said I thought she was dying when the painting when done.Caitlin said she was dead already.And she was right as Elizabeth would have never allowed such painting to be commissioned whilst alive.
For £20 we got to visit all the rooms on the ground floor only and the gardens.The upstairs rooms were cordoned off but i made a point of getting the kids to get guess what animal were the skulls that were mounted along the wall at the top of the stairs.
The outside gardens can be visited separately, which is something I’ll do when the weather is nicer.There is an out-door bath house, which must have been something of a novelty 400 hundred years ago.The lawns were full over primroses, daffodils and magnolias were coming into flower.I can imagine how vibrant and beautiful it must all look in the Summer.One of the Peacocks had perched itself in a nearby tree.
It was an enjoyable couple of hours, except Kip clearly shows his boredom in the above photos but I wouldn’t go back into the house.I thought it was a lot of money for just visiting the ground floor, despite the kind discount.I would definitely go back to see the gardens again.I’d like to see what they grew throughout the year and the Peacocks are a big bonus.
Linking to Coombe Mill for Country Kids