A few days away in the van to see the summer out and the autumn in, cooler mornings and darker evening along with the subtle changes in the trees truly confirms the season has change. However once the mist has burnt off we were into a bright warm day. A fast run up the A34 to just outside Newbury to visit a 1920s chapel at Burghcleare. The Oratory of All Souls Sandham Chapel was commissioned as a private memorial by the family of Lt Henry Willoughby Sandham who died of illness in 1919 of illness contracted during The Macedonian Campaign,they were impressed by Stanley Spencers reminiscences of the same theater of war (Spencer was a medical orderly) Spencer undertook the murals inside the Chapel and the building was designed by Lionel Pearson No internal photos are allowed by The National Trust so please search on line or visit yourself to see this treasure in a small Hampshire village.
Then on to the Kenett and Avon Canal and a visit to Crofton Pumping House for a small steam day The Beam Engine in full steam along with some Foden Steam Wagons Nd other steam engines, A blast from the past.
Sorry for steam lovers I can not up load the smell of the steam in action toady.