Closer Home: Lyveden New Bield

Sunday, 26 September 2010

I am home-bound this week (doctor's advise) and gutted that our Yurt Holiday up in the Peak District had to be cancelled. So instead of writing about our Yurting Holiday as was originally planned, I will write about some lovely places near where we live.

Over a year ago, whilst googling places to visit around East Anglia/Midlands, I came across Lyveden Nieu Bield. This place was was my inspiration for joining the National Trust. (NT) This mysterious Elizabethan structure is set in a very rural part of Northamptonshire and not far from Oundle, a lovely little market town. What intrigued me even more about the site was its rather fascinating history. It is thought to have been built around the very early 1600's by Sir Thomas Tresham as a 'Secret House' The structure itself is a testament to Sir Tresham's Catholic faith and is full of christian symbolism. According to various sources, the Tresham family and relatives got involved with the Gunpowder plot and eventually the structure was never completed.

The structure is surrounded by several acres of fields and orchards making it a pleasant place for a day's picnic and cycling. Ed and I have visited Lyveden a few times as its so easy to get to and Oundle (only minutes away) is great if you fancy a nice meal or shopping. Admission is £4.50 but free if you are a NT member. It is also free once a year as part of Heritage Open days so keep your eyes peeled. Happy exploring! Ann x


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