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HALL PLACE BEXLEY; HOUSE AND GARDENS
Topic Started: Aug 20 2008, 11:55 AM (91,019 Views)
Tabatha
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This is Hall Place, a local place of interest. It is a museum. Unfortunately they seem to be doing some building work at the moment. There was a notice to say they were making the river banks safer, but I don't know what they are building.

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This is a view of the back of the house and of of the topiary, as you can see there is some scaffolding there as well.

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There were a few ducks by the River Cray, unfortunately they flew off when I tried to get closer.

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The weir on the River Cray, just along from there is where they seem to be building walls to keep people away from the riverbank.
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On the approach to the greenhouse they are growing all sorts of vegetables and flowers. There is a horticultural show on over the Bank Holiday weekend.
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These are all taken in the greenhouse, the banana tree has been there for many years. The fish pond is also within the greenhouse, and there are some of the plants that they grow. There is a little shop inside where you can buy things. They grow a lot of flowers etc for the local parks here.
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poppy
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Fantastic :photo: Tabatha, so much to look at and i particularly like the topiary and the fish but all of them are interesting :thanx: for sharing them, it's so nice to see other places.
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Beth-Boe
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:wow: Great photos, Tabatha. The museum looks an impressive building and the grounds are beautiful. I like those hedges that are shaped like animals. Someone there is very talented. :thanx: for posting your pics.
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:hello1: Tabatha what an amazing looking place just my cup of tea,i would love to spend a day there. :camera: your pictures are fantastic i have enjoyed looking at them very much :thanks:
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Davebutterflyman
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Wonderful thread tabatha...so much to comment on its hard to know where to start!!...thanks for posting such an indepth selection of photos.
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:wow2: Tabatha what a fantastic selection of photos I love the animal shaped hedges it looks like Edward scissorhands has been round there :giggle:
It looks a brilliant place to visit :thanks: for sharing them :cool:
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:hello1: Tabatha your pics are fab. love the topiary!
:thanx: for sharing them x
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The gardens are a dream if you can get to them in the summer. This is my childhood stamping ground, and I often played by the river Cray and fell into it!!! There is quite a big colony of I think, Canada geese and ducks as the Cray is very clean, and also boasts pikes and the like.

I used to fish for tadpoles and minnows as a kid, and there is a lovely bridge where yo can play Poohsticks!
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Tabatha
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:Hi:

I used to take my two boys down by the river when they were younger, it used to keep them amused in the Summer Holidays. I must admit I haven't been down that end for quite a few years now.

As you say, the river is nice and clean now and you do get fish in it. They have built new changing rooms for the footballers recently, I am not sure what impact that has had on the site. There used to be quite a display of daffodils in the Spring as well, I don't know if they still come out. They used to be all along where the railway line runs.


I do wonder if all the building work might put the birds off, there was quite a lot of machinery by the river, near the weir.
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Davebutterflyman
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sorry tabatha i seem to have missed this thread....fantastic photos and really well put together,thanks for posting them.
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Tabatha
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This is one of the pumpkins first seen in August
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Beth-Boe
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Lovely photo, Tabatha. That pumpkin will soon be ready for Halloween. :kitten:
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Tabatha
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Unfortunately the building work is still going on, but I managed to walk all the way round to get to the gardens. This is a better view of the topiary.
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Tabatha
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This is one of the topiary hedges.
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celticsparrow-Jan
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:wow: What amazing hedges Tabatha ,great pictures.
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Daisyjan
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I used to play hide and seek round those!

There are also great formal gardens and a herb/scented garden for the blind.
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Beth-Boe
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Great images, Tabatha. :thanks: for posting.
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Tabatha
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I did take some photos of the herb garden, but I will probably not get around to posting them until the weekend now.

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