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|
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.
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!