Wool, Wiltshire and All Manner of Wonderful Things!

Richard Jefferies Museum

I can’t begin to explain just how excited I was to discover a little local museum was finally open post Lockdown. My favourite museums by far are small, local ones. Richard Jefferies was a Victorian Nature writer , born and brought up in a small Wiltshire village now subsumed by the borough of Swindon. More info on him is here-https://www.richardjefferies.org/the-author

This idyillic cottage hides behind a wall – a dual carriageway runs from the hospital into town and the nearest neighbour is a pub and a petrol service station. Yet it is not hard to imagine what life was like when it was a farmhouse set amongst rolling countryside with a small stream close by.

Bust of the great man. He suffered ill health and moved first to Surrey and then to Brighton, but is buried in a cemetery in Worthing- I feel a road trip coming on , one day..

He had an attic bedroom, shared with the families supply of

I can’t imagine what that must have smelt like at night.

His writing desk.

The families kitchen table which was sold onto others before being gifted to the museum. Yes that is a canon ball, don’t all homes have one?

Outside is utterly charming. The museum is run by volunteers. They sell cream teas on a Sunday in the garden.

Loved the wagons

There’s definetly more to Swindon than the Magic Roundabout for which it is most famed-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_Roundabout_(Swindon)

I wonder if others have hidden gems or even not so nice claims to fame in their neck of the woods?

Comments on: "Richard Jefferies Museum" (28)

  1. Oh my – he slept with the cheese?!?! What a wonderful find the museum and as always I enjoyed your photos 🙂

  2. claire93 said:

    thanks for sharing your visit, Cathy ^^ And oooh, trying to imagine sleeping in a bedroom that smelled of cheese . . . I’d be tucking in during the night ^^

  3. I had never heard of Richard Jefferies, so thank you for the introduction. The house and surroundings look too idyllic for words. Yes, of course I have a cannon ball on my coffee table. I use it to hold down my fan mail.

  4. What a great find! I love little museums too – always charming and a good chance to learn a lot about their subject 🙂

  5. It does indeed look like a charming museum and garden. You seem to have lots of interesting places near you.

  6. The cottage and grounds are so beautiful. I wonder if you just get used to the smell of cheese when you have to sleep in the same room with it.

  7. What a sweet cottage! That roof! You’ve made quite a discovery here 🙂

  8. What a fabulous gem you have discovered!

  9. Is that the family Bible on the table next to the cannonball? I tend to think that hefting that through the air at your enemy might have been just as lethal – the size of the thing! A really charming Wiltshire cottage.

    • I don’t know what the book is. Well thumbed from the look of it. I have a family bible that size. Could easily do a mortal injury. I am sure to go back at some time and will look.

  10. What a cute little cottage museum. Sounds like you did well to discover such a hidden gem! I think the museum in Clitheroe is still shut sadly , as is the adjoining cafe I worked at before all the madness hit. X

  11. Huge thank you’s, Cathy, for such a nice, detailed visit to this charming museum!
    I’m afraid the area around me has been bulldozed. Given this is a very southern area, that might not be a bad thing.

    • I wonder what was there before, and what is coming next for you.

      • There are houses there now, Cathy, loads of houses on one side, with huge apartment complexes on “my” side of the wide multi-lane street, plus a library, and a grocer.

        Some maps show the entire area labeled as a Plantation. I suspect there were acres & acres of tobacco and/or cotton grown on the land. Whilst some areas in the south are stepping up and telling more of what really happened on plantations, others are not. This is a state that leans heavily towards the second. I didn’t know the history when I moved in . . .

  12. Looks like you had a wonderful visit to a sweet little museum. Thanks for bringing me along 😉

  13. I expect you were beyond thrilled to find a small, local museum – I know how much you love them.
    There isn’t much at all in our village, it’s more of a hamlet really. We do have a church with origins in the 15th century but greatly refurbished in the 19th century. More interesting – at least to me – is the pond at one end of the village where they used to duck the ‘scolds’,

    • Oh my goodness , did the hamlet have witches to dunk too? I’d love to see pictures of your church, rather fond of them too. I have actually managed to get myself on a rota as a volunteer steward at another museum, but it will only open when all restrictions are gone. Fortunately I have a late Autumn slot.

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