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Sorry, but this walk is now fully booked. If you would like to join the waiting list, please use the comment board below to let Steve know. The modern city of Bristol has its origins in the Anglo-Saxon period when it was known as Brycgstow (the place by the bridge). After the Norman conquest of 1066 Bristol really took off as a port and trading centre. Just a little of the medieval city survives, but it is possible to trace its walls and major route ways in the layout of the modern city. Throughout the Medieval period Bristol was the third largest city in England, and it was right at the heart of the national political story for centuries. In the twelfth century King Stephen was imprisoned in Bristol Castle during the civil war with his cousin, Empress Matilda. During the fourteenth century Bristol was ravaged by the Black Death. At the very end of the fifteenth century, as the medieval period closes, Bristol’s sailors were setting off to all corners of the unknown world. Our walk will take in the land holdings of the Knights Templar, and St. Mary Redcliff church, which retains significant medieval features. We will visit the cathedral and the site of the castle and discover the origins of Bristol Bridge. We will find the remains of some of the eleven monasteries that once served the city. Bristol has been one of the country's largest, most economically and culturally significant cities for over eight hundred years. Come back to the medieval period with us and find out where it all began. A Walk in the Past is a friendly group where regulars and newcomers are always welcome. Our aim is to combine a good walk with pleasant company in historic landscapes.
Please note: This walk starts at noon and finishes at 4:00 p.m. (There was a problem with the Meet Up timings when I posted it) Capability Brown is known as England’s greatest gardener: he transformed the landscapes of over 170 country estates during the eighteenth century. At Corsham Court in Wiltshire, Brown’s work on the house and grounds is described as ‘second only to Blenheim Palace’. Brown also worked on Hampton Court and more locally Prior Park in Bath. During our four mile walk around the lakeside and across the parkland of Corsham Park we will consider the life and work of Capability Brown and his legacy. We will come to understand and appreciate his design principles and why he is now so fondly remembered after a period in the Victorian landscape wilderness. In the town of Corsham itself we will visit the splendid estate church of St. Bartholomew’s as well as the seventeenth century Flemish weavers’ cottages and the Hungerford Almshouses. Corsham is one of the lesser known Cotswold towns and well worth an afternoon of discovery. The honey coloured Cotswold stone of this delightful little place radiates warmth and light. A Walk in the Past is a friendly group where regulars and newcomers are always welcome. Our aim is to combine a good walk with pleasant company in historic landscapes. Lifts are usually available from Bristol and Bath. Please use the comment board below to facilitate this.