"As snug as a bug in a rug!" - do you have a favourite phrase to describe a blissful scene such as this? Love this shot of the 323-year old Barnsley House in Barnsley, Cirencester, England. And yes, this was taken just a few weeks ago! ❄️ Photo by @amelia.tj
This lovely estate was once the home of the famous garden designer Rosemary Verey, and was built in the much loved Cotswolds in 1697. It's now a luxury hotel and let me just say for the record, I'm available for complimentary week long breaks and scone tasting. Anyway, let's go back in time a bit, to when the Romans invaded England in 43AD. At the time the Celtic tribe in this area, the Dobunni, put up little resistance and soon those cheeky Romans built a fort on the site of Cirencester.
They called the place “Cirencester Corinium Dobunnorum” which is a bit of tongue twister. However, it was a very important town and the second largest in the whole of England. It's thought the population was between 10,000 and 12,000. Roman Cirencester prospered! In the late 1st century it was rebuilt and enlarged with the streets laid out in a grid pattern and a marketplace called a forum was constructed. Eventually, however, the Romans buggered off as they got mighty sick of our weather and rubbish food. I mean, who wants to eat a roasted Swan for lunch? Not me 'ta very much.
Just a tiny slice of the history here.. so much more to explore. Thanks to @amelia.tj for the shot! 🇬🇧 To be featured, follow and tag us! ‘Ta! 🇬🇧