Stoke-sub-Hamdon Priory

By | August 5, 2014

Today we left Devon for Wiltshire. The drive wasn’t too long but we thought we would stop for a picnic lunch on the way. We chose to stop at Stoke-sub-Hamdon Priory, a sweet National Trust property in Somerset.

Stoke-sub-Hamdon Priory

The complex included 14th/15th-century farm buildings, formerly a priest’s residence. The priests who lived here served the Chapel of St Nicholas (now destroyed). The Great Hall is open to visitors but some of the building is occupied and you can’t visit it.

Stoke-sub-Hamdon Priory

It’s a really impressive, if neglected site. The children loved exploring the buildings and it was a lovely spot to enjoy our picnic.

Inside the Great Chapel were some baby birds learning to fly. It was amazing to watch them jump from their nest, have a quick flight around the room before swooping back. I have to admit I’m not quite sure what they were – starlings perhaps? This was pretty close to nature for us so today we’re crossing off Go bird watching from our list of ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾‘.

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