Sunday, 22 August 2010

Battle of Basing reenacted Aug 28 weekend

Visited the site of Basing House today which has just been reopened after restoration thanks to a lottery grant.  Click for the history of the house. There is to be a reenactment of the battle this coming weekend, details on website.
       As there is so little left of the house itself (see aerial photo) it is an archaeological site that's perhaps more interesting historically than visually, but there are helpful signs interpretation boards, and the great barn has an atmospheric audio guide to the battle with sound effects. The knot garden is attractive too. The museum isn't open yet so we were given free tickets for another visit.  Worth going if you live in the area or if you are especially interested in the English civil war. (photo credits Hampshire County Council)

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