Sunday, July 20

Bradgate Park

My endeavour to get out with my beloved camera some more has taken me to Bradgate Park. I'm pretty sure everyone in Leicester has been to, or at least knows of, Bradgate. Hills, bracken, deer and some quirky buildings along the way. I haven't been for ages and now I want to make sure I go more regularly. 

This beautiful red ruin is the remains of Lady Jane Grey's house. She was queen for 19 days in 1553, in the middle of the Tudor era. Among troubles of succession and religion, Lady Jane Grey was executed and her reign was cut short. The vivid red brick reminds me of Hampton Court and really highlights it as a Tudor building. It must have been amazing when it was full of life. But now the main resident is a peacock who sounds remarkably like Kevin from Up.

Our adorable guide for the afternoon.

Old John can be seen right across Leicester, or the beer jug as some people will know it. It's an odd little building and, I'll be honest, I still have no idea what its about. It's never open, and I can't imagine there's a lot to see in there anyway. But still, you can't visit Bradgate without taking a picture of it!