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May 18, 2018 — Tiverton and Knightshayes Court

We visited the Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life in the morning, had another wonderful lunch at Frou Frou's and then drove to Knighthayes Court for the afternoon. Our last day in Devonshire.


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Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life

Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life

Our last day in Devon and we decided to visit the Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life in the morning, make a lunch reservation at Frou Frou and then drive up to Knightshayes in the afternoon. Therefore, after breakfast we drove into Tiverton and parked. Made the easy two-minute walk to the museum, paid and entered. It looks small, but it’s very big and fascinating. It deals with prehistory, agriculture over the years, daily life over the years, the wool trade, the lace trade and finally the railway with a full-size locomotive in one gallery. The lace for Queen Victoria’s wedding dress was made in Tiverton and the lace for all Royal weddings since has been made here. We wondered if Meghan’s lace was made here for her wedding to Prince Harry tomorrow. No one seemed to know. We got to see almost everything and I bought bookplates for Angie and Scout in the gift shop. Ed took my picture on the locomotive too. Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life, Beck's Square, Tiverton EX16 6PJ; tel: +44 (0)1884 256295; tivertontic@tivertonmuseum.org.uk; Click here for the Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life web site

Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life

Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life

Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life

Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life

Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life - Carved clock and Queen Victoria

Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life - Carved clock and Queen Victoria

Heathcoat-Amory Family Story

Heathcoat-Amory Family Story

Mangle Iron in the Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life

Mangle Iron in the Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life

Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life

Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life

Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life - the Tivvy Bumper

Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life - the Tivvy Bumper

Posing in the Tivvy Bumper - Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life

Posing in the Tivvy Bumper - Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life

Posing with a Mini Cooper in the Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life

Posing with a Mini Cooper in the Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life

Frou Frou Café Bistro in Tiverton - a favorite

Frou Frou Café Bistro in Tiverton - a favorite


At that point we needed to walk fairly quickly to Frou Frou for our lunch reservation. Our table by the door was waiting as requested. Ed got the chicken wrapped in Parma ham with red pepper sauce and I got the lamb steak . . . both excellent. Ed got the cheesecake with passion fruit for dessert and I got the affogato with vanilla ice cream, two small macaroons and an espresso. The waitress remembered Ed liked ice in his water and I didn’t. It was fun. We’d met our waitress’s fiancé on Saturday. Starting to feel like home; time to move.

Knightshayes Court - Entrance Courtyard

Knightshayes Court - Entrance Courtyard

Stables at Knightshayes Court National Trust Site

Stables at Knightshayes Court National Trust Site


After lunch we drove up to Knightshayes Court, former home of the Heathcoat Amory family who donated it to the National Trust. All the guidebook information, including the National Trust, said not to use sat.-nav. (GPS) because it wasn’t accurate but we used Google Maps on my phone and it worked perfectly although we did carefully check road signs. We parked and walked to the house and through it. It’s very impressive although the docents were unusually quiet. After we toured the house, we walked through the beautiful gardens. When we left, Google failed us. I couldn’t get it to connect. Fortunately we remembered the way home but Google wouldn’t connect the entire way. We need it tomorrow to find our new cottage in the Cotswolds! Knightshayes Court, Bolham, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 7RQ; tel: +44 (0)1884 254665; Click here for the Knightshayes Court National Trust web site

View from Knightshayes Court

View from Knightshayes Court

Knightshayes Court - Entry

Knightshayes Court - Entry

Knightshayes Court - Stuffed bird in the Entry

Knightshayes Court - Stuffed bird in the Entry

Knightshayes Court - Dining Room

Knightshayes Court - Dining Room

Knightshayes Court - Library, my favorite room

Knightshayes Court - Library, my favorite room

Knightshayes Court - Stuffed bird in the Library

Knightshayes Court - Stuffed bird in the Library

Knightshayes Court - Billiard Room Decorations

Knightshayes Court - Billiard Room Decorations

Knightshayes Court - Stuffed bird in the Kitchen

Knightshayes Court - Stuffed bird in the Kitchen

Knightshayes Court - Staircase and Grandfather Clock

Knightshayes Court - Staircase and Grandfather Clock

Knightshayes Court - Bedroom

Knightshayes Court - Bedroom

Knightshayes Court - Sitting Room

Knightshayes Court - Sitting Room

Knightshayes Court - Bedroom with amazing painting

Knightshayes Court - Bedroom with amazing painting

Knightshayes Court - Garden

Knightshayes Court - Garden

Knightshayes Court - Garden Topiary with a view of the house

Knightshayes Court - Garden Topiary with a view of the house

Knightshayes Court - Garden

Knightshayes Court - Garden

Knightshayes Court - Garden

Knightshayes Court - Garden

Knightshayes Court - Taking our leave . . .

Knightshayes Court - Taking our leave . . .

I did get Google Maps on my phone working again. I think Vodafone went down in our area because LeFrench Mobile uses Vodafone in the UK. Fingers crossed for tomorrow . . .

Posted by Beausoleil 16:13 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged gardens museums uk devon devonshire tiverton knightshayes manor_houses

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Knightshayes looks beautiful, especially that library! And it seems it's not only children who hunt for the stuffed birds lol ;)

When I was very small my mother had what you call a mangle iron, but she called it just a mangle, which I think is the common term over here

by ToonSarah

Here in Frankfurt we still have a Mangle Iron in our basement, just like the one in your photo. My wife used to use it for bedsheets and such, but I would be afraid of getting my fingers stuck in it. (Yes, Sarah, we also just call it a mangle.) Maybe we should give it to a museum, along with my Osborne 1 computer from the year 1983.

by Nemorino

I suspect mangle irons were made for household linens and that makes sense. My grandmother did virtually all the ironing on hers. I remember watching her iron one of my grandfather's shirts on it and it worked perfectly in her capable hands. I never had the courage to try it. These days if it needs to be ironed, I don't buy it. I think you should donate yours. We had a Coleco Adam computer in 1983 but didn't have the sense to keep it. Hard to think of your "new" modern computer being an antique some day. Time flies . . . ;)

by Beausoleil

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