Tuesday, 28 June 2016



Many thanks for calling in.

It's always nice when you have visitors to take them to interesting places and show them the sights.  First off we stopped at Whitchurch in Hampshire which is on the River Test, a fast flowing crystal-clear river over chalk.  Settlements date from 400 BC.

The Town Hall

The Red House Pub for a spot of lunch

Whitchurch Silk Mill is one of four mills built in the area - paper, grain and wool were the other types. The silk mill still makes small amounts of silk for costumed productions these days and is in a beautiful setting with the waterwheel used to run the looms. Surrounded by the river and ponds, the ducks and fish seem to take you back through the centuries. It is open to the public, has a café and shop.

Silk mill and waterwheel at the end of the river

Work in progress
Lord Denning, Master of the Rolls used to live in the village as did Richard Adams of Watership Down fame.

The paper mill at Laverstoke just a couple of miles away, now houses the Bombay Sapphire gin distillery which I wrote about here and here.  As the sun was out, I couldn't resist a few more photos.

Raspberry Refresher

Feel free to look back at my links for more information about the Thomas Heatherwick restored papermill and the distillery visit.

Definitely a beautiful area of the country!



  1. What a pretty place, love the old red bricks not something we have much of down here.

    1. You'll have to build something in red brick when you get to your new house. :-)

  2. I like the look of that Raspberry refresher. Thanks for the visit, another fascinating area to explore! B x

    1. I think the rhubarb refresher I had on the previous visit was better! x