The sleet which had threatened all morning finally arrived and the consequent bracing acceleration for the last ten minutes of the walk helped to stoke hearty appetites which were well served by the friendly and hard-working ladies at the Coach & Horses Inn.
These and the loaves then went in to the ovens and while they were baking 6 more volunteers tried their hand at bread plaits, much to the amusement of the audience. Their efforts may have owed more to the Generation Game than to Craft Bakery, especially when it came to dipping the finished plaits into a mountain of poppy seed, but they did all eventually make it into the oven, together with a batch of bread knots embellished with ground sweetcorn which our hosts somehow produced while keeping up a running commentary on proceedings. While these were all baking, we were treated to an excellent buffet lunch, following which we were able to inspect, and take home, all the finished products. Safely back in Andover by 14:00 all agreed that it had been a fascinating, educational and enjoyable outing.
They have a purpose built building housing a fine display of mosaic flooring, showing living and bathing areas. The discoveries depend on funding and we were lucky enough to see a newly unearthed mosaic, which was going to be recovered with soil within 30 minutes of our arrival. The ultimate aim would be to create another purpose built building to enable them to have a permanent display. An archaeologist explained to us that it is firmly believed that the villa has unique features and a mystery remains regarding its location as it is set between two major Roman roads.
This museum offered good refreshments, where afternoon tea was enjoyed before returning home in the glorious sunshine.
Please note that our planned trip for August 24th will be a tour of Stratfield Saye.
Submitted by Jane Leishman. Click on the Pictures to enlarge them
After an hour and a half we were back in the farmyard and enjoying a wonderful supper of Lyburn cheese, artisan bread, copious salads and homemade courgette pickle all washed down with local wine, beer and apple juice.
We were not able to see the cheese being made but could purchase from the shop, there were also their excellent courgettes, French and runner beans for sale.
It was almost dark when we left after a very enjoyable and informative visit.
Subsequently over the centuries, the Herbert family have benefited the town including the construction during the 1840’s of the magnificent new parish church in the Romanesque style featuring a separate campanile.
The medieval stained glass is outstanding & the church alone worth a visit to Wilton. After some history about carpet manufacture, the demise of Wilton in favour of Salisbury following the construction of a new river bridge and much more; most of us descended upon Coffee Darling for a delicious light lunch.
Please note that our planned trip for July 27th is a visit to Chedworth Roman Villa and Northleach Mechanical Music Museum.
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