A is for Abbotsbury.
As you drive towards this pretty village you will see St Catherine’s Chapel on the hill. It is built entirely of stone, even the roof! There are heavy stone buttresses to support the 4ft (1.2mtrs) thick walls. It’s roof is barrel vaulted. Abbotsbury Swannery, started by monks in the 14th century, is worth a visit. It is to the west end of the Fleet. The Fleet is the back water behind part of Chesil beach. At the swannnery approx. 600 swans reside. After Easter signs will go up to advertise “baby swans” in case we don’t know what a cygnet is!
Abbotsbury garden is a sub-tropical garden and is protected by the prevailing winds by trees and it’s position. The azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons are beautiful in the season and not to be missed.
Finally, the village itself, tea rooms and quaintness. Little remains of the monastery except for the huge Tythe Barn. In St Nicholas Church there are shot holes in the pulpit – said to have been the result of the civil war.
Posted by Jane at New House Farm