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Walking With My Camera.

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I left Molly at home today. Rachel had already walked her. I decided to take the camera instead, and set off up the hill opposite our house.

I love going up here, but haven’t managed to get up since the winter, so I was eager to see how the landscape had changed, and what wildflowers were growing.

The landscape around us….as I walk up the hill….sea in the background.

The farm at the top of the hill was built in the 19th Century and this bell in the old farmyard has a date on it from the 1860s. I wonder if the Farmer’s wife would use it to summon the workers from the land to their meals? I don’t know, but that’s what I imagine. It’s a sizeable bell…could probably be heard for miles around!

This hill was the site of a fort, dating possibly from the early Iron Age, the remains of which show evidence of vitrification (where rocks have been melted together as a result of extreme heat).

Little is know about the fort, which was plundered for it’s stone over many hundreds of years, and excavated several times during the Victorian Era. Some finds from there were donated to the National Museum of Scotland. It does appear to have been a substantial sized fort and there were many old graves excavated in the area.

I also wanted to explore the old Walled Garden which is a remnant of the old Mansion House which used to be up here. Here’s a little background information on that….

“Laws estate… is an ancient estate dating back to medieval times. It was once owned by the 6th Earl of Angus who married Margaret Douglas, widow of King James IV and sister of England’s Henry VIII.

Eventually Laws was sold to Thomas Colville in 1834…..
The mansion he built consisted of a dining room, drawing room, library, billiard room and nursery on the ground floor, 7 bedrooms, 3 dressing rooms and a bathroom on the first floor, plus the usual servants rooms, kitchen, dairies, stables and coach houses.

The mansion house was demolished in the 1960’s"…from Angus Council website.

The old Stables block with Doocot, more recently used as a Sawmill, and now only used for storage.

Walking on, I came across this curious avenue of old Yew hedges….

…So, naturally, I followed the path, which leads to…

And through that door, in to a lovely old Victorian Walled Garden…

And below that, lovely ponds.

The apple trees that clothe the Garden Walls are recently pruned, and the lawns have been mowed recently.

And just as at Glamis Castle Walled Garden, there is a row of little buildings on the North Facing side of the Walled Garden.

And a Gardener’s Cottage on the East Side of the Walled Garden area..

The Original Glass Houses are long gone…There’s not one pane of glass to show where they were…just rendering on the South facing side of the North Wall and a set of steps which must have led to their entrance…

And even these later additions, with their brick wall bases, are lying derelict and all that you can see inside apart from weeds is this old Citrus…probably an Orange or Lemon tree.

Time to leave the Walled Garden now, and retracing my steps, I noticed that what remains of the Mansion House itself is visible through the hedgerows…

Closer up view…

And the residents of the old House would have looked out to the South on to flat farm land and then the Tay Estuary. But now….more modern ‘landscaping’ goes on here…it’s like something out of ‘Lord of the Rings’.

When you turn around and see this massive quarry, it really takes your breath away, and not in a good way at all.

But in the distance….more evidence of Victorian architecture and Seafaring days…..

So, as you can see, the area where I live has a very rich history indeed. There is definitely an atmosphere of something up that hill…and to me it feels very much like a place of safety, which makes the scar of the Quarry even more dreadful. But I love it up there as I told the farmer today on my walk, and for the first time ever….I feel like I have really come home. :)

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that looks like a lovely walk, pity all those old buildings have been let go to ruins. I suppose there never was enough money to maintain them. Wonder who looks after the gardens, they look like someone loves them still. Is there a road leads up there or is it just a track now? That bell is huge, fancy giving it a twirl to make it dong, think I might have been a bit tempted to try. lol. Enjoyed my walk with you. :O)

3 May, 2014

 

The bell is interesting - very large indeed just for calling the farm hands! It reminds me of an angelus bell but that doesn't seem very likely in your part of the world.
The farmwers wife at the farm near where i grew up used to fix an old newspaper under a stone on the farmyard wall when it was dinner time as most of the fields had a clear sight of the farm. A bit different!

Its good to hear you are feeling at home - not surprising in such lovely surroundings.

3 May, 2014

 

Mum, there is a road to the farm, after that, just tracks and footpaths. My neighbour tells me that until recently, there used to be an annual picnic at the walled garden for all the farm workers. There is a metal gate which I didn't picture as I felt it too personal...with the initials of the farm owners from 1997 at the south entrance to the walled garden. The gardeners cottage is now empty, but was lived in fairly recently, and there are plenty of signs of recent habitation at the stables too. But sadly they are no longer lived in either. It's very sad indeed, but at least the fruit trees are being well cared for, and the lawns mowed. I think the farmer and his wife had just come from the garden when I met them today. They must have some happy memories of the place. I saw them heading off toward the garden which is why I wasn't tempted to ring the bell....but isn't it amazing!

3 May, 2014

 

Thoroughly enjoyed that Karen. I'm with your mum, I probably couldn't have resisted having a go on the bell :)
It's such a shame that the place is no longer in existence - money is the obvious reason.
Thanks for sharing.

3 May, 2014

 

it certainly is amazing. :O) that must have been an amazing era to live in. Although I think I might just prefer the modern technology we have today, even if I do struggle to understand some of it. lol.

3 May, 2014

 

Stera...when you say 'that doesn't seem likely in your part of the world' what do you mean? I'm only curious. There are a lot of Roman Catholics in this area.....you might have something. I shall certainly be asking one of the farmers next time I see them! :)

3 May, 2014

 

These old estates are so interesting, but I always find it so sad to think what time has done to them, and what life would have been like when they were in their prime.
Can see why you are so happy in your new house.

3 May, 2014

 

Pauls mum used a referees whistle to call them in to dinner when they were down on the farmland. lol (Pauls dad was a football referee in his youth)

3 May, 2014

 

Now, I do have some additional info on the House. After it was no longer lived in, the Farmer used it for storage, but before that it was...believe it or not....a Denture making Factory!!

3 May, 2014

 

how interesting! :O) right up Scotts street then :O) now fancy that. lol

3 May, 2014

 

Isn't that just incredible? The bit that remains of the house...you can see it on the etching...it's at the back, to the right in the picture. They had to demolish it in the end because it was being so badly vandalised. Such a shame.

3 May, 2014

 

yes it is a shame.

3 May, 2014

 

It's bad enough when they burn to the ground like the one at Panmure near Carnoustie, but when they are demolished it seems even worse. Destructive...but then if a child had been hurt....and what would have happened to it? It would never have been lived in or sold as it was right at the top of the hill with no proper access to it. The farmer wouldn't want to sell it.

3 May, 2014

 

True, when they start to crumble they need pulling down if only for safety. I love old buildings but I also hate pots of money being spent on them when there are more pressing needs elsewhere. Mixed feelings really.

3 May, 2014

 

Exactly, me too.

3 May, 2014

 

A lovely walk Karen with some wonderful views, you have a bit of everything where you live don't you, I can see why you love it there, living so close to so many old pits and quarries some of which my hubby and his brothers all worked in, that now are beautiful nature reserves, fishing lakes and of course the very popular Tallington Lakes, I don't see any of them as a blight on the landscape, just a work in progress, lol.
I enjoyed reading the history of the Mansion House, its true it is sad to see the remains of what was once a grand old house and gardens but never enough money to preserve all of them, I think they have to take the historical value into account and then decide which ones to save, that bell is a good one and I s'pose it also has a tale to tell, thats another thing you'll have to chat to the farmer about, lol.
Thankyou for sharing your walk...

3 May, 2014

 

Most interesting Karen.

4 May, 2014

 

I´d love to have that bell in my garden, it would scare all the pidgeons away that are eating my tiny lettuce !!!. It is realy a lovely part of the world where you live and the sea is so near to you....the next sea to us in in Holland about 200 miles away.

4 May, 2014

 

What a lovely walk karen, you have moved to a lovely place, love looking round old buildings...

4 May, 2014

 

Love it all, perfect!

4 May, 2014

 

Thank you all so much. Yes Steve, I am one very lucky, and very happy Lass!

4 May, 2014

 

I shall try to find out! :)

4 May, 2014

 

I loved the walk with you Karen,what interesting places and buildings..I love hearing about local History..the best move you made,and the best feeling ever,when you feel you are at home with all around you..worth millions,isn't it? We feel the same ..:o) That bell is fantastic..

4 May, 2014

 

Sorry Karen, I did reply re the bell but must have forgotten to press the add comment button. I didn't know there were lots of catholics whhere you are - thought they'd be mostly Presbyterians or Church of Scotland.
So there should be someone around who might know.
It looks very like an angelus bell I could see from a flat I used to have up in Staffs.

4 May, 2014

 

Oh yes, we are very mixed here religion wise! There are so many families with Irish origin.

5 May, 2014

 

Do let us know if you find out wo't you? It would be great to know where it came from and why.

5 May, 2014

 

Oh yes, I will!

5 May, 2014

 

I agree with all the above comments, so pleased you have finally come home K.......would love to hear more about the bell, very interesting to see one that size, looks to be important.

5 May, 2014

 

oh, Karen, what lovely pics! You have some wonderful country about you, and more, you have the vision to see it, not to take it for granted as just part of the background.

so many interesting pics to comment on. you have so much history still visible in your landscape, lol i'd better show some restarint or my post will be longer than your blog!

Is there any mark to show where the bell was cast? the Whitechapel Bell Foundry has been around for centuries, but there would have been others.

the Iron Age fort intriuged me: I've heard of them, but they mostly seem to happen in Scotland - a team tried to replicate the fires that would be needed to turn rock into glass, and didn't have much success. lol maybe drop a line to Time Team!

that's gone straight into my favourites!

6 May, 2014

 

Lots of iron age forts in Pembrokehire too Fran!

6 May, 2014

 

Thanks very much Fran! glad you enjoyed the blog. There's all sorts on tinternet about vitrification. Some suggest the heat required would be equal to a small nuclear bomb! I am going to look int it at some point. yes, the bell was forged in Edinburgh, the name of the Forge is on the bell, but I can't remember it, and the year too. 1860...something or other. I'll try to remember it next time, then I can fire search the forge as well! These things fascinate me as well. It's such a pity that there has been so little work done on them. Wouldn't it be great to get Time Team up there!

6 May, 2014

 

i meant the vitrified iron age forts, Stera; there seem to be a rash of them across a part of Scotland - which part I've forgotten

look forwrad to updates, Karen - and why not write to Time Team? don't think htey've ever done a vitrified iron age fort!!

7 May, 2014

 

I think Time Team is finished Fran, and as it's my neighbour's land, I think I'd better not! :)) there is another vitrified Fort in Angus, but they are all over Scotland. It's a weird phenomenon with no definitive explanation, but some theories, none of which seem very convincing.

7 May, 2014

 

Think maybe it had something to do with Volcanic eruptions millions of years ago.

8 May, 2014

 

That's one idea...and we do live on an extinct volcano, but the rocks seem to have been fused 'After' they were built. So unless they are much older than we think......I've read the volcanic theories and they don't really seem true to me.

8 May, 2014

 

Thank you Fran and Karen. I'd never heard of them so Googled them - they sound amazing.

8 May, 2014

 

couldalways drop a hint to neighbour about TT - do you mean this series is finished, or the whole programme has finished forever? that's the one thing i do miss about not watching TV, thouch Channel 4 has a couple of series as cathup.

lol i think the real reason for the vitrified forts is that invaders had laser cannons that me;ted the rocks!

8 May, 2014

 

....Alien invaders perhaps Fran? ;) The whole series is finished for ever I believe....from Wikepedia....

In October 2012, Channel 4 announced that the final series would be broadcast in 2013.[1] Series 20 was screened in January–March 2013 and a number of specials are planned to be screened into 2014.

Its very sad. We all love Time Team here!

8 May, 2014

 

I always enjoy the local walks which people do on GOY and that was a lovely one, Karen. That bell is wonderful, as must the walled gardens have been in their day. So much history there and such stunning scenery. No wonder that you feel at home.

8 May, 2014

 

Thank you TB! :)

8 May, 2014

 

I had read that Professor Mich had left the team because he felt that the shows were being pulled in ways that compromised them, and there was a news report that someone had died during a re-enactment (the same way that a French king died, predicted by Nostrodamus).

I've not seen later htan series 18, so I've no way of knowing how much they changed since then.

Wish Channel 4 would put all the series out on DVD, not just the occasional specials!

9 May, 2014

 

Yes, that would be good.

9 May, 2014

 

I knew that Mick Aston died in 2011, but didn't hear about the jousting accident. That's awful, and I guess is bound to have affected the production team very deeply.

9 May, 2014

 

I hadn't known that Prof Mick had died, shame - all that knowledge and enthusiasm

They staged a joust; the lance splintered and splinters went thorugh the eye-pies of his helmet, into his eye and brain -

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-12299376

which is how Henry II of France died - Nostradamus foresaw this and was called to interpret his preditction to that king and queen

http://www.dreamscape.com/morgana/nospast.htm

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-nostradamus-predictions-2011-3?op=1

The prob with Nostradamus is that he wrote in his local dialect, which has to be translated, and some translators have been a bit free in their interpretations - and straining a bit to make the quatrains fit their pet theories

9 May, 2014

 

Sorry but I didn't like Time Team, I call it Timewaisting team. Much to my OH's disgust. He loved it. Anyway Karen this is a lovely informative blog and the photos are lovely. What a great area. So much to see and steeped in history. It's such a shame the walled garden and glass houses couldn't be maintained.

9 May, 2014

 

Thanks Homebird. Not everyone loves Time Team....and that's perfectly fine! :)

9 May, 2014

 

lol it's a bit like Marmite - love it or loathe it, no middle ground!

10 May, 2014

 

Update! I found out today that the lovely old Bell is indeed, as some of you had thought, a church bell. It came from a local Protestant church which was sold in the 1980s and converted to a house. The church/house is a couple of miles down our road!

5 Jun, 2014

 

Thanks for the update, Karen - all very interesting.

5 Jun, 2014

 

How nice to have the reason for the bell being there. Good that they have kept it even if not on site. Is the converted church pretty?

5 Jun, 2014

 

No, not at all...it's a typical forbidding looking Presbyterian place.

5 Jun, 2014

 

Oh NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

5 Jun, 2014

 

It's ok, I can't see it from here...it's a couple of miles away! :))

5 Jun, 2014

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