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?