St George’s Day in Stamford – Eco-Touring Britain by #Tesla

It’s like being on a film set.  Stamford, on the border of Lincolnshire and Rutland, feels very familiar and has doubled for both George Elliot’s Middlemarch and the village of Meryton in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.  On a gloriously sunny Saint George’s Day, we arrive early whilst the streets are still quiet.

A short walk past the old stone terraces of Blackfriar’s Street takes us to Stamford Arts Centre, which is hosting an indoor market whilst Morris Dancers are setting up outside …

… and then we follow the street down St Mary’s Hill towards the river.

We pause to admire the beautiful gardens of Burghley Hospital …

… before finding a shady spot beside the river for a picnic lunch.

On our way through the park we spot a sign showing footpaths across the Town Meadows, up towards an ancient building on a hill.  It looks really tempting and I snap a photo so we can return to try this on another day.

Across Lammas Bridge, on the other side of the park, there are the remains of Stamford Castle’s archways and wild flowers have set root between the stones.

We almost walk past St Mary’s Church, which has a heavy, firmly shut, wooden side door.  However, a sign reads that the door is only closed to keep the pigeons out and visitors are welcome.

The church is empty, except for us, and bathed in light through the stained glass window.  The donation tin for our pound is a little letterbox in a tiny door, which delights the children.

Carved angels look downwards from the vaulted wooden ceilings.

Back outside, we cannot resist an alleyway …

… which we follow to the steps of Browne’s Hospital and Almshouse.

A private stone staircase leads upwards to our right (I gently dissuade our littlest son) …

… and directly ahead, a long corridor leads to a tiny archway and beautiful gardens for the residents.

Through the arches we can see the manicured gardens.  We talk to a lady who lives in one of the apartments:  ‘My grown up daughter just visited, and said “Mum I don’t want to leave, it’s so beautiful …”‘

The old Almshouse bell catches my attention on our way back out onto Broad Street.

The morning sun is fully risen as we make our way back along old side streets.  Window boxes are everywhere, with lavender in full bloom.

We admire the gardens of St George’s Church whilst listening to their choir …

… and then we take one last view of the River Welland from Albert Bridge, before it is time to make our way home.

Parking & Facilities

We parked at Wharf Road Carpark, which is free on Sundays.  Stamford Arts Centre has toilets, a cafe for tired travellers, and long opening hours into the evenings.  It is very family-friendly with highchairs and baby changing facilities.  It also houses the Tourist Information Centre (which is closed on Sundays.)

Charging

There is no Tesla charger close by, however the Grantham and Leicester Forest East Services Superchargers are predicted to open by the end of 2017.

The Ecotricity Electric Highway has options at Grantham and Peterborough.

To learn more about Stamford and its history, check out the Stamford Town Council website.  The Stamford Civic Society have a page dedicated to Browne’s Hospital and Almshouse.

Have you read about our Dusk Tour of Lincoln Cathedral?

30 Comments

  1. Another wonderful tour, which deserves a second look. I do have a couple of questions. Do you have four sons? If so, how do you fit them all into the Tesla?

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    1. Hi Laurie – we do have four sons 🙂 Our Tesla is a 7-seater – the bit at the back that would usually be the boot/trunk – converts into two rear-facing seats. It only suits younger children though.

      The real art of packing comes when we also take an 8-person tent camping, without a roof rack. It’s like tetris! 🙂

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      1. Righto! I have an image in mind of Teslas as small, sporty cars, but they have expanded. Yay! Sounds like you do have the packing down to an art.

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    1. Hi there, it had been far too long since we had visited too – we used to go a lot (before we had children!) as it was the stopping off point before seeing Shakespeare Plays at the nearby open air theatre 🙂 The thing about Stamford is that it doesn’t change, it always looks perfectly just how we left it 🙂

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  2. It does look like something from a film or described in a book! I cannot wait to visit the UK someday. The stained glass window was glorious and were the other sites you shared. I enjoyed your virtual tour – thanks!

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    1. So glad you enjoyed the post 🙂 We’ve been up in Staffordshire this weekend, walking amongst the wild garlic and getting followed by newborn lambs – I’ll hopefully have the photos and a video tour up soon 🙂 -beck x

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    1. It is! Especially on a sunny day – by the time we were leaving, the roads were filling up with cars. Some places, I love the crowds (Stratford Upon Avon is lovely when the festivals are on) – but Stamford to me looks better without traffic, so it seems like you’ve stepped back in time 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much for the lovely feedback 🙂 I’ll hopefully have a new blog post from our trip to historic Ilam village in Staffordshire up online in the next few days … wild garlic by the river, and newborn lambs in the fields 🙂 -beck

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