As some of you may know I was born in England and moved to Australia at the age of 14. The number one thing that I missed about this country is the astounding history, and it was great to reconnect with parts of my life that were a bit of a distant memory such as going to church as a child and being an avid history student at school.
Guided by my uncle, we started off in Castle Combe, most famously known as the place where the movie War Horse was filmed. At the centre of the town is St Andrews Church, which was founded in the 13th century and contains the tomb of Sir Walter de Dunstanville who died in 1270. The rest of the village dates back to the 15th century. There are also some pretty strict restrictions on the appearance of houses in order to maintain the character of the town, which include a ban on any television aerials and satellite dishes.
The next stop was the town on Malmesbury, which is the oldest town in England. Again, at the heart of the town is a church, Malmesbury Abbey, containing the tomb of the first king of England, King Althestan who died in 939AD. The abbey itself has been around for over 1000 years, and before a huge storm destroyed part of the abbey, it contained the tallest steeple in the country measuring approximately 600 feet high. I’m not an overly religious person, but it was definitely a special place to visit and literally gave me goosebumps as I walked around, listened to the organ player and read all of the memorial stones of people buried on the church grounds.
From Malmesbury, we drove through many country roads in the blazing sun (we have been extremely lucky to have a whole week of amazing weather to see all of these places) to the Rattlebone Inn, most famously the pub that Prince Harry was thrown out of a number of years ago. I also got to eat my first scotch egg in 15 years!
We finished our tour driving through the town of Badminton which is mostly owned by the Duke of Beaufort and home to the Badminton Horse Trials, renowned as the best cross country, show jumping and dressage event in the world. It is a very small town, again full of buildings hundreds of years old.
Pictures literally cannot do today justice, as we had the perfect combination of hot, sunny weather and some pretty jaw dropping buildings that you have to be there to experience how the make you feel. Definitely a day I will remember for a long time.
More shots from today on instagram.