Newmarket Ramblers

Guided walks in the Newmarket area

Long Melford Walk, May 5th

A beautiful day with 3 pairs of shorts on display!  Julie provided home made cakes at the coffee stop before leading us through a sparkling bluebell wood and on to Gestingthorpe, the site of  a Roman Villa, where we were met by Ashley Cooper, son of the farmer who discovered the villa in the 1940's and then excavated it single handed.  It is now a Scheduled Monument.  Ashley described the villa and the lives of its occupants to an enthralled group.

We then followed him down to the farm where all the finds are displayed, along with numerous reconstruction paintings.  In one painting, based on a Roman coin,  a young woman is wearing a necklace and other jewellery which could be seen in the collection of artefacts.

We ate our lunches in the adjoining barn which houses loads of old farm machinery as well as more paintings, one of which showed the bluebell wood that we had walked through, but as it was in Victorian times.

A day full of lovely views in the sunshine and  fascinating glimpses of the past.

 

ready to start at rodbridge corner

Thursday, April 26, 2018

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