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Another cheap day out.

September 9, 2012

I’d learned that Bramshill Police College (just a few miles away) was having an Open Day today, as part of the Heritage Open Days scheme.

The weather was good so off we drove this morning. I’d read it was based in and around a 17th century manor house, with walled gardens and extensive grounds so I took a camera, as usual.

As soon as we were directed into a car park by ‘someone’ in a 1950s style police uniform we knew there was more going on. Then we spotted the Air Ambulance stand, Guide dogs, Burgers, W.I. tea and cakes with music nearby, lines of immaculate old police cars, more people in wartime police, nursing or army uniforms and then the display of classic cars!

A bit different to the excess of shiny new Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Porsches etc that have graced most events we’d been to recently but, in a way, far more interesting. Here are some. The rest, as always are on Flickr. Enjoy and make a note for next year.



The house is functional as you’d expect, with a library, meeting rooms, two chapels etc but much of the original décor of carved woodwork, paintings, tapestries and furniture are present on the ground floor, along with extensive exhibits of badges, ornaments and truncheons!

The walled gardens are more functional and low-maintenance than exotic or beautiful. Still, there was a large lake with swans and ducks, some lovely lawns to walk on in the sunshine and plenty of seating and picnic tables to be found; something we hadn’t expected to find. If the weather is as good next year we’ll definitely take a picnic and stay longer.

It was only when we got home and I started uploading the photos I realised I hadn’t shot anything except cars! How unlike me.

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