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Visit to Nymans Gardens - April 2013


On the 13th April, 13 brave souls ignored the weather forecast and set off for a visit to the grounds and gardens of Nymans (a National Trust property in Handcross, near Crawley).

April showers didn't quite do justice to a light drizzle that started soon after our arrival and then hardened into steady rain for the rest of the day.  Nonetheless we were enchanted by the gardens, fascinated by the house and the story of the family that lived there, and revived by the hot drinks in the cafe.  Our thanks to the many staff and volunteers at Nymans who helped make our visit so enjoyable, and particularly to Pamela Brown who gave us a tour of the gardens and told us of the history of the place.  This included the story of the evacuees from the Buckingham Gate Central School who arrived in 1939 and were made very welcome by the Messel family who owned the estate before it became part of the National Trust..

Archway at Nymans

Pictured above - Archway at Nymans

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