Dudmaston Hall and Bridgnorth

30 Sep

dudmaston hall and gardens

We left home, yesterday morning, in drizzle under grey clouds but arrived in Quatt, in bright and very warm sunshine. Just in time to have a quick and healthy tuna baked spud with salad before we toured this National Trust treasure. Still resident to a family steeped in military history but owned by the N.T., there is a collection of modern art and other galleries to see. Very different inside from many other stately homes.When we approached the main entrance after lunch, I imagined all the vintage and veteran cars arriving with a sense of drama. The picture below shows a 14.5litre Lafrance at a recent classic car show at the hall. The pistons in the engine are almost 6 inches (150mm) in diameter.

lafrance 14.5 litre at dudmaston

Following a leisurely and most enjoyable wander round. We bought a couple of secondhand books and some local craft beers to try at Christmas.Back at the campervan, surrounded by 3 or 4 others, mainly VWs, we were approached by a chap asking about our Kamper. He had recently bought a rather nice, long wheelbase, Renault Master. This had been self converted by an elderly gent whose cabinet making skills could clearly be seen. With a “U” shaped rear lounge and forward kitchen opposite a full wc/shower room, it was a very usable, spacious conversion. The present owner was into wild camping, avoiding expensive sites, preferring to spend his hard earned savings on pub dinners! And why not? We chatted for some time , then we headed off into Bridgnorth town centre, parking adjacent to the library.

bridgnorth
bridgnorth townhall
The town hall is currently shrouded in scaffold, undergoing renovation. We found a very well stocked wine , beer and spirits shop , no! emporium and bought a few more craft beers for the family get together at Christmas. We had a relaxing drive home, avoiding motorways and the busy A5 near Shrewsbury. Another memorable day out with the Kamper.

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