It was a chilly Spring morning when we set off for our journey to Sherborne Castle, the first outing of the Centre’s 2019 season. Throughout the day the weather was changeable with showers and intermittent sunshine. Fortunately, the Castle holds a true wealth of furniture, silver, portraiture, porcelain and other artefacts from Sir Walter Raleigh’s period in the 16th and 17th centuries, through the later periods reflecting the long tenure of the current owners, the Wingfield-Digbys, whose ancestor acquired the castle in 1617. The guides in the castle were very helpful and knowledgeable and it was possible to spend several hours drinking in all there was on offer.
The grounds are beautifully kept and there is an impressive view across the lake, created by Capability Brown, over to the ruins of the Old Castle, where many archaeological items have been unearthed. A return visit in better weather would be worthwhile! The small tea room did a valiant job of coping with the onslaught of our 48 visitors who appeared to have thoroughly enjoyed the day, despite the changeable weather.