We have been exploring a few different places recently, and this is something I want to do more of this year. I love seeing them enjoying new environments, running around exploring and not knowing what is around the next corner!
We decided to venture off to Titchfield Abbey, which is about 20 minutes from us. It is amazing that we have never taken the children there before!
Just look at this picture, how could we of not been there before!
First built in the 13th century, Titchfield Abbey was the home of a community of Premonstratensian canons. The canons lived communally, like monks, but also preached and served as priests in the local community. After the Suppression of the Monasteries, Henry VIII gave the abbey to Sir Thomas Wriothesley, Earl of Southampton, who transformed the buildings into a grand Tudor mansion called Place House.
It is believed that some of Shakespeare’s plays were performed here for the first time. On the death of the 4th Earl of Southampton, Titchfield Abbey passed through several families, until 1781, when most of the building was demolished for building stone.
The children couldn’t believe their eyes when we turned into Titchfield Abbey, hubby didn’t believe me either when I told him to turn into the very small gated entrance, with tiny wooden gates and a driveway that can only fit one car down at a time! However it was the correct place, now time to explore.
Titchfield Abbey is very derelict, so don’t expect to be going inside and staying dry if it is raining! It is open to the elements and wellies were needed in some places.
Tyler started secondary school in September and since then he has found a new love for History, so Titchfield Abbey is full of that for him. He ran straight off to find the signs to start reading up on the history.
I loved looking around at the building, seeing all the parts that have been left. The beautiful huge fireplaces and chimneys, some went right from bottom to the top. The work that would have gone into building this building is just amazing.
We even took one of our Me and Mine photos in the fireplace!
There was huge staircases to peer up, where Daddy showed where the stairs would have gone into the wall, with cute little cross windows to peer out of.
Hidden doorways in walls, with windows that we would have loved to go up and look out of, as the view would have been beautiful.
Massive wooden doors that gave us a great game of peep po!
It is also a great place to give the dog a run off too, with stone walls all around and a lovely grass area to walk around. I think it would be a lovely place to have a picnic in the summer too.
I loved how many little places there was to hide behind and explore. You wouldn’t think that a derelict building would give so much pleasure and excitement for 3 little people, AND 2 grown adults!
Tyler took this picture of me and hubby, did a good job didn’t he!
Thanks Titchfield Abbey for a lovely hour of stomping around and learning all about this little piece of history, right on our doorstep.
Titchfield Abbey is free for entry, between April and September the abbey is open daily from 10am-5pm. Between October and March it is open from 10am-4pm, daily. A small car park on site.