Anglesey Abbey, Lode, Cambridgeshire (1). Location map
 
  Scene showing the Silver Birch Grove, Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire, Cambridgeshire, England   The Himalayan Birch Grove, Anglesey Abbey.

Anglesey Abbey was well establised by the 13th century but was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1535. It passed into private hands at the turn of the 17th century and was transformed into a country house and gardens.

The gardens hold a number of surprises of which this is at the end of the long, winding path through the Winter Garden and is a remarkable place with the white tree trunks almost glowing in the deep shade. The photograph really doesn't do it justice and it needs to be experienced first hand.

 

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  View of Lode Mill, Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire, England   Lode Mill, Anglesey Abbey.

Following the path round to the right through the Silver Birch Grove above brings us to this little water mill. The mill is normally open from one o'clock but it was closed when we were there due to a shortage of volunteers.

There has been a mill on this site since at least 1086 when it was recorded in the Domesday Book but the present building dates from the eighteenth century.

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  Photograph of the Herbaceous Garden, Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire, England   The Herbaceous Garden, Anglesey Abbey.

This semi-circular area enclosed by hedges was displaying an amazing variety of blooms and colours when we were there.

 

 

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  View of some of the parkland, Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire, England   Parkland, Anglesey Abbey.

This garden is quite large at about 114 acres although quite a lot of it is parkland and is now home to one of the finest collections of historic statuary in the country.

 

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