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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Yuletide - Agecroft Hall

Sunday Steve and I visited Agecroft hall for Yuletides, a 15th century English manor house that sits on 23 acres and overlooking the James River.

Live wreath to greet as we walked to the home.

Dismantled and brought to Richmond Virginia in 1926 from where it was built in Lancashire England near the Irwell river.
Home of Englands Dauntesey and Langley families.
 Surrounded by pits and undermined coal shafts by the late 19th century,  Agecroft had fallen in disrepair.   Sold by auction in 1926 to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Williams.   Dismantled,  crated and shipped some 3,500 miles across the Atlantic ocean to America.  It was reassembled in it's present day location in the neighborhood of Windsor Farms.    Standing on the banks of the James River, it resembles it's original site in England near the Irwell River.



Charles Dickens living history enterpreters




I had to get a good look at the espelier on the brick fence


Williamsburg Waites - Christmas carols




No pictures were allowed inside, bummer.  We exited here, down steps leaving the library after learning about how the residents prepared for a  1940's era cocktail party in honour of service men and women
steps decorated with boxwood clippings hung with red ribbon


Out on the back lawn we watched Signora Bella, the daring acrobat!


We watched from the back patio
and enjoyed a huge piece of most delicious gingerbread
and warm apple cider.



the cider was steaming in this large kettle over open fire.
I wouldn't mind trying this outside on Christmas day



A good view of the James River from the patio


World War two era soldiers 


A happy Father Christmas - rear courtyard

I had to make a pomander ball

lots of cloves yet to go at this point

A leisurely walk to the garden beyond the boxwoods , while walking back I took this picture

this signpost is at the entrance - you can see London is only 3,755 miles away

Gazing back as we were leaving.

We had a great afternoon and was free to the public, very nice indeed.
So glad that the owners were able to save this wonderful piece of history and bring it to our city in America.

1 comment:

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Hi Betsy, I'm glad that piece of history was saved too! Looked like a great time you had. The wreath photo is gorgeous and that little red head toddler is so adorable!You know how I love kids! I have been meaning to make some pomander oranges and have not done so yet.
Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful visit with us!
Gina