Club outing to Knebworth House & Jordans Mill - 13vJuly 2017

A full coach took Reepham Garden Club on the July outing this year. A fine start to the day, Fortunately not too hot as clouds built up during the day, saw us visit Jordans Mill near Biggleswade. The Mill is owned by the same family who now own Pensthorpe Natural Park, Fakenham, and has been carefully designed to turn a working mill into a delightful attraction. Massive timbers are a feature of the modern cafe and restaurant with a large terrace right beside the river which works the mill. The cake was good. We drove on to Knebworth House, Knebworth in Hertfordshire. Wonderfull parkland, and then glimpses of the gothic pile, and we were dropped right by the interesting gardens. There were various features to explore,(some of us felt they needed a little help with the weeding) and then some of us went into the house on a guided tour which gave much fascinating insight and background to the family, Lytton, (insignia a Bittern) now Lytton Cobbold. The house is privately owned, by the same family for five hundred years, and the concerts which are famous and popular are one of the ways the family seeks to make money to run and restore this Grade Two listed house.