Art Trail at Ashmeadow

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This is the yacht ‘Severn’. Recently bought by Arnside sailing club, thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. It was built in Arnside in 1912 at the Crossfields boat-builders, who also made Arthur Ransome’s ‘Swallow’.

What with the bread course on the Saturday, I didn’t see quite as much of the Art Trail this year as I usually do. (You can find statements here from many (all?) of the artists taking part) I still managed to get to the Silverdale Art Group exhibition in the Gaskell Hall and to the Church Rooms and the Methodist Church, both of which are close to home. On the Sunday, TBH and J were keen to get to Arnside. We had a look in a couple of the galleries there, and also in the Educational Institute and W.I. Hall, but we spent most time exploring the Ashmeadow Estate.

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Part of the estate was left to the village. I’ve wandered around it before, but found that it is a little bigger than I realised. It has a small orchard, an enchanting walled garden and woodland stretching along the riverside. Artwork was dotted around the gardens, but my photos of it are very disappointing. I am going to include this…

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…out of focus failure, because we were all very taken by these characterful alien creatures – there were nine of them literally hanging around in the orchard, although we only managed to find eight. They’re made by Simon Hutchinson who calls them junkpunk.

As if to prove that it can take close-ups when the mood suits, my camera-phone cooperated when I wanted a shot of these particularly large Common-spotted Orchids in the walled garden…

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…much of which is now given over to a grassy meadow.

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The house just visible above is Ashmeadow House, built apparently in 1819, but for much of it’s past, the home of Earnseat School. A former colleague of mine was a pupil at the school, in what must have been its last years, since it closed in 1979. These days the house  contains retirement properties.

Formerly, the grounds of Ashmeadow were even more extensive than they are now. This house…

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…where there was more Art on display, was once the Coach House and Stables for the estate.

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Art Trail at Ashmeadow

8 thoughts on “Art Trail at Ashmeadow

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      We had some rain on Friday, but it’s still very dry here – I can’t remember anything like it since the hot summers of 1975 and 1976. Forecast to rain tomorrow – the plants really need it.

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      I lived in Arnside for a while and it’s a great place – the house looks like a wonderful place to retire to, should that ever become a necessity.

  1. That’s more like it rather than those yarn things. The only thing that’s still green down here is the bracken. I’ve never seen the hills look so brown. We’ve had a bit of rain down here past few days but nothing like enough. I guess the Towyn trip will fix that…..

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      I didn’t see as much of it this year as I usually do – if you ever decide to go, give me a heads up – I’ll let you know where to find what I consider to be the highlights. Oh, and I’ll put the kettle on!

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