Friday, 12 June 2015

Nunney Castle

Nunney is only about fourteen miles from my home, so it takes about 20 to 25 minutes to drive there.  I've driven past the turning to the village hundreds of times but have never actually been to the village itself.  Until yesterday!  This is my year for catching up on all the local touristy things that I keep saying I want to do, but never actually get round to.  Please tell me I'm not the only one who does this ... do you all have local places you've never visited before?
I wanted to visit Nunney to see the castle which is maintained by English Heritage.  It's a moated castle originally build in the 1370s and which was besieged for two days during the Civil War when it eventually fell to the Parliamentarian forces under the leadership of Thomas Fairfax. I can remember learning all about it at school but surprisingly it's not one of the castle we were taken to see; they were probably worried of losing one of us in the moat - apparently it's quite deep!  
I hadn't expected the castle to actually be in the village, so that was a surprise to start with.  Unfortunately, as this was spur of the moment visit, I didn't have the correct camera with me so there aren't any photos of the entire building. It's surrounded by other buildings so I'm not sure that it is possible to get the shot I'd like but, now I've seen how pretty the village is, I will go back to try for some better photos.
Anyway, here's the castle ...

with it's 19th century graffiti! ....

I looked around the church but didn't take any photos as there was an old lady praying and it seemed intrusive and disrespectful to disturb her by taking lots of photos.  It's Grade 1 listed and very interesting, so it's another reason to go back!
I then went back to the castle but got side-tracked and took rather a lot of photos for the next Street Plants post, so to finish, here's a few of the flowers I saw when I was wandering around looking for ornate door knockers.


  1. Just beautiful. You'd have to be a pretty committed graffiti artist in those days! Looking forward to your return visit!
    Your last photo reminded me of one of the sinks in your previous post! Hehehe.

  2. As you've seen on my blog I'm on a personal mission to be a tourist in my home county. There's so much interesting stuff to see and do right under my nose!

  3. The photos are lovely even if it wasn't the right camera.

  4. Obviously, still being relatively new to the county, we are making a point of visiting various touristy places now and again. I shall put Nunney Castle on the list, as it's not that far for us.

  5. We lived in Raglan for ten years and I went to the castle twice even though I had a free pass! as soon as we left and moved to Newport we seemed to go at least once a year. As I have now sold it to Miss Boo for 50p I no longer have the responsibility to see it is maintained.

  6. When we moved to London I was determined that we'd do lots of touristy things, but there are always more we've not managed. A friend I have just booked a day off to go and see the Red House which I've wanted to see for oooh twenty odd years...

  7. Oh! what a lovely place to visit. I'll put it on my list.

  8. Nunny is a lovely village, very good photos even if it wasn't the right camera.

  9. Beautiful photos Eileen, I love the reflection in the motat (first photo) and the graffiti. Those flowers look near perfect, what a lovely place to visit.