Tuesday, 6 July 2021

T Stands for....the trip back in time

 Last Friday we went to visit a place I hadn't been to since I was teaching, in fact way before I retired!

I couldn't believe the changes. What was just a small site of mainly ruins (ideal for school trips) and a small garden is now on two sites and had a huge modern viewing gallery, museum and cafe as well a huge walled garden.

Norton Priory is the most unusual setting as an industrial estate has been built very close by, however, the woodland walk to get to the walled garden was very peaceful and the garden is amazing.

We started in the garden...of course!!

After being inside the walled garden we walked around the outside

Back to the entrance
After Our picnic we went into the Priory.

Sadly most of the Priory is ruins, only this small part of the building is only at this low level and outside is just foundations

Above the ruins is the viewing gallery and it extends to the newly built visitor centre

More woods before heading back to the cafe in the visitor centre..where I will join Bleubeard and Elizabeth at The Altered Book Lover for T Stands For Tuesday.
Coffee - Latte for hubby and an Americano for me, with a shared scone.

It was a lovely day out and somewhere we will visit again ...but next time we won't lose our way home!!
It was in a very difficult place to find our way out of!!

Thanks for looking, Chris


Linda Kunsman said...

It must have been especially something to see it all after so many years. It is all so beautiful, except for the sad ruin of the Priory. So much history, and what's there of it looks so wonderful. Oh both those coffees looks so good- I may have to make myself a decafe version right now:) Hope you weren't lost for too long or had gone too far out of your way. Happy T day!

Helen said...

What a wonderful visit, evoking memories - and I am sure you will return often. Love the photos

Valerie-Jael said...

Thanks for sharing the lovely photos, I visited there quite often way back when as a friend of mine lived in Runcorn. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

Mae Travels said...

That looks very beautiful. Was the building originally torn down in the days of Henry VIII when he disestablished catholic institutions? Or is it more recent? I guess those who don’t approve are antidisestablishmentarians. Wow, who gets to use that word?

best… mae at

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I swear Chris, the Priory reminds me of one from Midsomer Murders. It's too bad the Priory is in such state of ruin. It's great that you were able to return after all those years and see how things have changed and apparently for the better. The grounds are truly gorgeous. I see where you surprised T as he was checking out some flowers.

Thank you for allowing me to join you at Norton Priory. It was great to see the garden and grounds and it was wonderful to see your shared scone and T's latte and your Americano you shared with us for T this Tuesday, dear friend.

My name is Erika. said...

Wow Chris. I don't know what was more exciting, the garden or the priory. That stained glass looking art piece with the faces was amazing. And that is one giant bee hotel. I think it is great how they combined these together. I bet you had a fantastic day out. Hope it was a nice T day too. Hugs-Erika

Sharon Madson said...

Chris, what a great place to visit, especially for you, I imagine, since so much had changed. I sure wish we had great places like that around here to visit. I am glad you had a great day out. Happy T Day.

DVArtist said...

This is a lovely place. Thanks for sharing it.

J said...

Chris you do visit some lovely places, beautiful gardens and it looks so peaceful for a lovely walk, I do miss the greenery of England sometimes, my husband says greenery equals rain, lots of it! It’s so hot here I would love to walk around those gardens.
Always lovely to share a scone, my husbands favourite treat.
Happy belated T Day

Iris Flavia said...

A very beautiful walk! And hmmm, that coffee looks yummy! And such a happy face :-)

Lisca said...

Again, a beautiful garden! I love walled gardens as they are a bit more sheltered, which makes it more pleasant to walk through, but also they will have more exotic plants and flowers.
It's a shame the priory is just a ruin, but that's the way it goes. Henry VIII has a lot to answer for. But the bit that is still standing is very beautiful.
Your coffees and scones look yummy.
Happy T-Day,

nwilliams6 said...

Such beautiful pictures, Chris. So much history, hidden treasures, and great vegetation. Fun seeing your drinks and scones (and smiling hubby, of course). Happy T-day. Hugz

craftytrog said...

Beautiful photos Chris, it must have been lovely to go back there.

Rita said...

Sounds like they have done a ton of work on this place. Looks so peaceful.
Sorry you got lost on your way home. Looks like it was worth the trip, though.

Empire of the Cat said...

Oh what a gorgeous place to visit Chris, I love walled gardens, that one is beautiful. I also really like the insect house and for a second I thought those pigs were real lol. Happy T day belatedly, it's been an on and offline week due to work Elle xx

sirkkis said...

A breath takingly beautiful cavalcade of landscape and culture wonders.
Thank you for sharing, Chris.
Happy weekend to you and yours xx

CJ Kennedy said...

Beautiful gardens. I was very excited to see inside the Priory. At the Worcester Art Museum where I work there is a Chapter House that came to WAM stone by stone in the 1930s and reconstructed inside the museum! Same type of fireplace. The stone columns and arches are a bit taller. Happy T Day