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St. Mary’s Church

Local ladies were serving tea in the churchyard, which was a nice stop after we’ve seen Chastleton House. We sat at a table within arm’s reach of ancient grave markers, which really didn’t seem odd at all.

Each of us were certain that our choice was the best one. However, I know mine (walnut cake!) was actually the best and my two traveling companions don’t know what they are talking about.

near Moreton in Marsh, England
photographed 6.3.2017

The creeping damp

The interior courtyard was slick with moss. And the parts that weren’t mossy were covered up with shade-loving plants. Even though the sun was shining when we were there, the place felt dank.

Chastleton House
near Moreton-in-Marsh, UK
photographed 6.3.2017

A certain kind of light

The very top floor of the house had a large room, empty of furniture but filled with light coming in the large, un-curtained windows.

Chastleton House
near Moreton-in-Marsh, UK
photographed 6.3.2017

Poverty is a great preserver

This place was built between 1607 and 1612, and it stayed in the family until 1991, when the family could no longer afford to keep it. The last private owner of Chaselton House, Barbara Clutton-Brock, said, “Poverty is a great preserver.” as a way to say that because there was no money for renovations, the house is relatively free of modern upgrades.

Two interesting things about the family: they invented many games, including croquet, and they believed cleaning the ceiling in the kitchen would bring back luck to the house. On our visit, croquet courts were set up for visitors. And the ceiling was still black.

Chastleton House
near Moreton-in-Marsh, UK
photographed 6.3.2017