Chez WW in England

Chez WW in England

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Great Coxwell, England

25 December 2010

Christmas morn dawned a beautiful day. The air was crisp, snow was on the ground and the whole world seemed to be at peace. We decided to walk to the village of Great Coxwell. It is just a 10 minute walk from the Chowle Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast. I had admired the church tower from our window and looked forward to seeing more. I am still amazed that so much history is just in one’s own backyard.

Bundled up in warm clothes, we headed off to explore. I cannot tell you how peaceful a walk in on Christmas Day in the English country side.  The hustle and bustle of the holiday season had been replaced by a calmness that I have rarely experienced.

From the Church we walked through the village. Great Coxwell is a tradional English village – meaning tiny streets and thatched roofed cottages. Walking through the villages, one can not help but notive how they all have names – names that dates back hundreds of years. Oh, what it must be like to have such a connection to the past.

Great Coxwell is also the home to the Tithe Barn. It is located at the edge of the village and is a sight to behold. Never have I seen a barn that was constructed in the same manner as a great Catheral. I was in awe. The outside walls are littered with small stone sized holes that served as windows. I wonder what it was like to be inside this Great Barn during it’s prime.

Coxwell was a monastic grange (farm) of Beaulieu Abbey. It dates back to the 13th century.

The barn was surprising light inside and was the home to the Nativity. I felt like I was walking in a church rather than a barn.

As the sunset prepares to set on this glorious Christmas Day, I would like to wish all a day filled with peace, love and good cheer.

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