Friday, 6 April 2018

Days Out In Essex: Hadleigh Castle


Now let me get this in early before anyone gets cross.  Hadleigh Castle is a ruin overlooking the Thames Estuary that English Heritage kindly let you wander around for free.    You can see it from the Southend-Fenchurch Street train line between Leigh and Benfleet stations.  It is very atmospheric and the views are stunning but there is not much there.  Maybe a good place for a picnic but not enough for a whole day out.  However there's lovely walks and it's right next door to the Salvation Army farm where there is a memorial garden to my sister so there's a couple of ideas for extending a visit to the area.


The castle that is the subject of a painting by Constable was built in the 13th century and was used as a royal residence at one time. Here's a picture, invaded by a random family.  It reminds me of that scene in Father Ted where  Ted is explaining perspective to Dougal with toy cows.


Here's the boy.  He's camera shy these days and threatens me with death if I dare post anything on social media.  Good job he doesn't look at my blog.  Tee hee!


A higher window than the one Louis climbed to.  Those graffiti artists must have been agile!


Here's a firepit for smelting lead.  I haven't mentioned how the castle came to be a ruin.  It wasn't knocked down by cannonballs from hostile ships or anything like that.  No, someone bought it in the 16th century to use for building material!


As usual I've enjoyed my little break in Essex.  Now off to pack the car and put the bikes on the back as we're heading back to Devon in an hour or so.

5 comments:

  1. I enjoyed the rock balancing art video --I'm going to show it to my grandchildren I think it might capture their interest and I might combine it with a riverbank rock gathering outing. I enjoyed the Hadleigh Castle photos. May I ask about your sister's memorial garden? When my son was a teenager and we were in the UK, the London Dungeons was on the list and Carnaby Street and speaker's corner. I enjoy your blog. Jean/Winnipeg

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    1. So glad you're enjoying my blog. My sister died in 2016 and she volunteered at a farm where people with learning disabilities train. They built a sensory garden in her memor. xx

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    2. What a lovely memorial to your sister. I am sorry though for your loss, you must miss her.

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  2. I was taken to Hadleigh castle many years ago by my ex-husband (of 20+ years) and I took a photo of that lonely tree. I'm surprised to see it still looks the same. I wonder what they built with the castle stones?

    Carolx

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    1. Yes it would be interesting to find out. There's not much in Essex that is immediately obvious. xx

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