Anglesey Abbey, Lode
Anglesey Abbey, gardens and Lode Mill offer a peaceful day out coupled with fascinating history.
The Jacobean-style house was home to the first Lord Fairhaven and houses rare paintings and a fascinating collection of English and French clocks.
The original abbey was built in 1236 - money for the construction being raised by the selling of 600 sheep from the land.
Close to the abbey is Lode Mill, which was first mentioned in the Domesday Survey of 1085, with the present mill being built in the 18th century.
Restored to working order in 1982, Lode Mill can be seen working on the first and third Saturdays of each month.
The Abbey itself was founded during the reign of Henry I, only to see 400 years of religious community come to an end in 1535 with Henry VIII's dissoultion of the monasteries.
In 1926, the abbey was bought by the first Lord Fairhaven and, after his death in 1966, it was taken on by the National Trust.
Outside, the 98 acres of gardens are both landscaped and less formal for attracting wildlife and birds to them.
Opening times: These vary depending on the time of year and can be found at www.nationaltrust.org.uk or by telephoning 01223 810080.
House, garden and mill (summer): adults 8.40, childen 4.20; garden and mill (summer) adults 5, Children 2.50; garden (winter): adults 4.20, children 2.10.
Getting there: Anglesey Abbey, gardens and Lode Mill can be found in Lode, six miles north east of Cambridge on the B1102.
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