January 2014 and time to head home to England to visit family. As one of the quietest times in the real estate calendar it’s not too hard to leave my business for a while and head across the pond. In fact I sold a house while I was over there, proving that with all the technology we have at our hands, business can be conducted from afar. Selling a house while away was the icing on the vacation cake, so to speak.
So I headed back to the village of Whitchurch Hampshire, population about 4,500 surrounded on all sides by green meadows and fields. It’s the place my husband and I got married 30+ years ago in All Hallows Church.
As I had lived in the village as a teenager there was not a lot of sightseeing to be done, but I did take a walk around the three originally working mills. Town Mill and Fulling Mill are now residential homes, both still with the water running underneath. Whitchurch has The Test River running through it and the water was used to power the mills. The third mill is the Silk Mill, still a work mill today and if silk is your passion you can buy products made at the mill in the gift store.
Fulling Mill – Where wool was washed and prepared for weaving.
Town Mill – Used for milling corn.
Silk Mill – Still a working mill, you can watch it at work and buy gifts in the store.
For Downton Abbey Fans!
Downton Abbey is filmed atin Berkshire, a mere 8 miles from my Moms home. It is open to the public from Easter on so I was not able to go into the grounds. I had intended to climb Beacon Hill from where I could get a photo of the castle for you. England has had a lot of rain this winter and the access to the hill was blocked by water, too deep to drive through let alone walk. So instead we opted for lunch at the Carnarvon Arms, a hotel in Burghclere, about a mile from the castle. This I am told is where cast and crew stay when filming on site.
That concludes some of my visit back home to England, I hope you enjoyed it. I do have more photos and might write another post soon.