us continue on the final part of our Sunday Morning Walk
are now walking down the other side of the Home Bank into the Village
proper. To our left is the picturesque Old School House.
the road from the Old School House is the Washington Old Hall.
This was the ancestral home of George Washington, the First President
of the United States of America.
present Washington Old Hall was built in the early 1600's on top of
the original Norman foundations. American Independence Day is celebrated
here every year. It is a popular event.
Old School House
the Old Hall
view of the Old Hall is taken from the bottom garden. It was a pleasure
to sit and soak up the atmosphere. Two friendly cats came and kept me
two houses are in the grounds of the Old Hall. Years ago they were caretakers'
cottages. Later on the house at the right was the Visitors' Gift Shop.
Holy Trinity Church is to the left of the Old Hall. It is also
known as The Church on the Hill. I was both christened and married here.
In the 1950's the Old Smithy was still a blacksmith's
forge. Since then it has been a pottery shop, a restaurant and
a sweet shop. Walking home from school I would sometimes call in to
buy some sweeties.
have come full circle and arrived back at the Village Green. On
weekends in the Summer lots of people congregate here. The Cross Keys
and The Washington Arms (off the photo to the right) have a good share
of the visitors.
Old Hall Cottages
Church on the Hill
I begin my walk back up Village Lane I turn around for a last look at
The Village Green. I will carry these memories back to Australia with
Washington Village Green
arrive back home at my Mam's, wet but happy. I can smell Sunday's dinner.
Roast beef, Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes, vegetables and superb
gravy. I wish I was there now.