Monday, April 6, 2015

The Dorset drive: Winterborne Clenston - Cerne Abbas.

This is proper rural Dorset: narrow wooded valleys – with villages and hamlets whose houses are strung along roads and rivers like washing on the line.

The Cerne Abbas Giant is a hill figure near the village of Cerne Abbas in Dorset, England.
The famous ‘Cerne Giant’ carved into the chalk on the steep hillside above Cerne Abbas.

Waterston Manor. History.
Lower Waterston, a manor and hamlet in the village of Puddletown, belonged to the Martyn family until 1377, when they made Athelhampton, Dorset (qv) their principal residence.
Waterston was seriously damaged by fire in 1863, the fifth Earl of IIchester repaired and extended the manor house. The property continued to belong to the Earls of IIchester until it was sold c 1911 to Captain Gerald V Carter. Captain Carter commissioned the architect Percy Morley Horder (1870-1944) to undertake a thorough restoration of the house which had been used as a tenanted farm, and to lay out gardens alongside. This work was completed by 1916 when the house and gardens were described and illustrated in Country Life.
The property has subsequently changed hands several times, and remains in private ownership in the early C21.
Waterston Manor was known to Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), who used it as the model for Weatherbury in 'Far from the Madding Crowd' (1874).
Some photo of Waterston Manor Gardens.
And more!

More than 60 kilometers one way!

And more some Articles from "Dorset Life" issue:
The Dorset drive: Valleys, hills and views.
Legging it in Dorset.

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