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HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: A Saxon church stands within the gardens
Waterperry was established over 70 years ago by the School of Horticulture for Ladies. Within the gardens are two further attractions; the Museum of Rural Life, and a delightful church dating to the Saxon period.
A Georgian granary houses this museum, which features agricultural and gardening tools from days gone by. In addition, there are a wide variety of artefacts ranging from kitchen tools to decorative meat skewers, veterinary equipment, brass stamps, and alarm guns dating back over the past several hundred years. Step even further back in time through a special exhibit of medieval pottery discovered on the Waterperry estate.
The parish church of St Mary the Virgin stands close beside the manor house at Waterperry. It is an architectural treasure, which dates back to the Saxon period. The church retains its original Saxon chancel arch and stained glass dating to the early 13th century. In addition, the church boasts an unusual collection of 12th century floor tiles.
We visited Waterperry on a sunny day in early spring. There was still quite a chill in the air despite the sunny skies, and many of the flowers were not yet in bloom, which was to be expected. Despite that we really enjoyed the gardens; thee is such a delightful mix of formal and informal areas. They were just developing a new wildflower area when we visited, and the contrast betweeen this informal, semi-wild area with the establish formal gardens was quite delightful. The gardens are not large, but there is enough to keep an avid gardener occupied for several hours, plus the rural life museum and the delightful Saxon church. I can highly recommend a visit to Waterperry.
About Waterperry Gardens
Address: Wheatley, Oxfordshire, England, OX33 1JZ
Attraction Type: Garden
Location: Off M40 at Junction 8
Website: Waterperry Gardens
Phone: 01844 339 254
Fax: 01844 339 883
OS: SP630 063
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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