Before we left for Yorkshire we were invited for drinks at The Hall in Bradford-on-Avon, which was the home of Dr Alex Moulton, the creator of Moulton bicycles. The Hall is an Elizabethan mansion, built around 1610 on an older building; some of the walls at the rear of the property are from the medieval period. The property was bought by the Moulton family in 1848 and the fancy renaissance south front was rebuilt in the 1850's. A number of stone fragments are now dotted about the garden.
Possibly a rather spooky place to wander around alone at dusk!
Something altogether more modern was on display on the terrace, an eye-wateringly expensive Moulton bicycle. It was surrounded by a small group of men looking like children in a sweet shop.
Come on, boys, get a grip!
Did we want to see the workshop? Yes, please!
It is housed in the stable block. Sadly, no photography was allowed, but I can tell you that these state of the art, of the moment bicycles are created in the most old-fashioned, positively Dickensian environment. Some of the tools looked as though they had been made during the Industrial Revolution, others had been created or adapted in Heath-Robinson fashion. I loved it!
Back at the house I had a little wander around. Can you see the wall decoration?
Lovely murals depicting The Hall and it's occupants.
When we went home to our little cottage it seemed to have shrunk. But on the plus side it's cozy and warm and there's nothing scary in the garden!
I live with Himself (husband) in a former gamekeeper's cottage in the South-West of England.
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