Arley Hall's formal gardens occupy the land to the front of the house.
The landscape designers use of a Ha-ha instead of walls means the view is never interrupted.
The image above is a great example...just beyond the Sundial is the ditch
(you can just make out the line).
At the end of the Woodland Walk the path heads back towards the house but
I spotted a small gate leading to a small building and decided to investigate.
I discovered a piece of quintessential England... a Cricket Ground.
The Cricket Pavilion was built in 1902 and must have witnessed many matches over the years.
It was adorned by old black and white photographs some dating back over 50 years.
The Cricket Team of 1971
The player standing on the right of the back row is Fred Gillet a former work colleague of my father and my old Cub Scout master in the 1960's.
1971 was also the year my father passed away at the very young age of 44 which made this discovery all the more poignant.