Thursday, August 6, 2015

Nostell Priory and Newmillerdam

A visit to Nostell Priory and Newmillerdam today with Siobhan, my support worker; they're both south of Wakefield and so we weren't travelling in the car for long.

Nostell Priory isn't a priory at all, it's a Palladian stately home with landscaped grounds - there are scant ruins of the mediaeval priory underneath the formal gardens.











For myself the highlights of the house were the Chippendale furniture and the short talk about Harrison's clocks and the fixing of longitude.

After touring the house we walked round the formal gardens, which aren't anything special, and then went on the lakeside walk.We returned to the cafe, but didn't like the look of the scones so decided to go to Newmillerdam for tea and scones or cakes at the Riverside Cafe.

Newmillerdam is a lovely spot, Siobhan was tired and so we didn't walk round the lake...we hoped to linger in the cafe. We were disappointed though, the Riverside Cafe was under new management and is now an expensive upmarket bistro - we didn't stay for anything to eat. 

The only photograph I took was of the unusually named Sowtail Well; I didn't want to worry Siobhan and so didn't venture down the steps.