The Wimpole Estate and the ‘New Normal’

So, things aren’t quite going as planned this year, are they? I had every intention of visiting one NT property per month by public transport in 2020, and I had a triple visit planned for the weekend of 21 March. Now there’ll be no NTbB adventures for the foreseeable future – until it’s safe toContinue reading “The Wimpole Estate and the ‘New Normal’”


Nymans, in West Sussex, is an extensive garden that surrounds the partially ruined former home of the Messel family. It can be reached by bus from Crawley, which is on the mainline from London (and now that trains go right through, from Stevenage too). Having seen that it had a Quentin Blake exhibition and aContinue reading “Nymans”

Shaw’s Corner – The Tour

As mentioned in my post about getting to Shaw’s Corner, I had noticed on the NT app that tours of the house were being offered. The tours, two per day at 11.15 and 12.15, are free of charge, but booking is required – either by phone or online, via the National Trust website/Eventbrite. I thoughtContinue reading “Shaw’s Corner – The Tour”