We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started, And know the place for the first time. ~T.S. Eliot Four Quartets

28 August 2006

walking to booth..

The approaching road & Gardens

Today we decided to take a 3 mile walk, beginning all uphill (makes it easier though coming home when tired out), to look at one of my favourite buildings in the area--Broadfold Hall.

When I say 'we', I mean me, baby and all-terrain pushchair, and 6 year old -running off ahead or dawlding painfully slow behind. My calves are burning now after pushing baby and pushchair uphill! The walk is worth it though, as we rested in the grounds of Broadfold. The house is nestled away amidst a mini-wood out of sight from the main road. The winding private road leading to the house is sheltered beneath a canopy of trees, adding to the grandeur of the approach.

We took some time sitting in the garden, enjoying the fountain and pond full of extremely eager & friendly goldfish. The larger koi were slightly more reserved, hiding under the beautiful water lillies. Fountains to the front of buildings are good feng shui, so not surprisingly many stately homes have them--although I wonder if they were aware of that at the time, or was it just intuition and based on beauty??
The hall/home was built for the Murgatroyd family, one of the wealthy mill owners, in 1877. It was then sold on, and since converted into 12 individually owned flats. It is still a grade II listed building and the flats don't really diminish the exterior splendour. Behind the house we discovered an old coachhouse, also converted, and the old cobblestone road leading down into the village of Booth.

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