|At Chiddingstone Castle|
|Fly Fishing at the Castle Pond|
This morning I went to church in nearby Tonbridge, and along the way I saw a sign that there was a Country Fair at Chiddingstone Castle today, so of course, that's where I headed after the service. Chiddingstone is less than 5 miles from my house (still not the closest castle!) The castle can be traced back to the early 16th century. From 1955 it was the home of Denys Eyre Bower, who was a passionate collector of art and artefacts, many of which are on display in the castle today. There is a Japanese Collection, an Anciect Egyptian Collection, a Royal Stuart and Jacobite Collection (I'm starting to piece together the Stuart thing, still a little muddled on that one) and a Buddhist Collection. There are lovely gardens and a fishing pond on the property as well. The Country Fair seems to be mainly focused on different categories of dog shows. And falconry--the British seem to have a thing for falconry.
|Dog Show at the Castle|
|Cricket on the Village Green|