On July 4th, a magical sunny day, Lord and Lady Howard of Castle Rising were kind enough to open their garden to the Trust. Between 130 and 140
members and their guests were treated to a visit to the most stunning garden with beautiful views.
The wildflower garden, the theatre garden and the parterres were of particular interest. The intricate brickwork paths, local carrstone and brick walls, together with the landscaped swimming pool, which blended seamlessly into the garden were unusual and fascinating.
The garden is on several levels, divided into ‘rooms’. The scent of roses was almost overwhelming. On the side of the garden nearest the church, there was a gentle sloping, shaded, woodland walk, which wound its way down to the croquet lawn at the bottom.
The ladies from the village provided tea and cakes, all delicious, and our members enjoyed them sitting under some ancient trees near the front of the house.
Visit to Shropham Vicarage
Thursday 14th July
Venue: Shropham Vicarage, Church Road, Shropham NR17 1EJ.
Also of interest was a visit to the Hospital of the Holy and Undivided Trinity, founded by Henry Howard, Earl of Northampton between 1609 and 1614. Henry Howard’s will established a charity to provide sheltered accommodation for single ladies of good character. Some of the residents showed us around, and we admired their gardens and the spotless interiors.