Upon arrival, we took a 50 minute tour on how Mottisfont came to being. The kids were troopers. Here are the highlights:
- it was started in 1220 by Bad Bill Brewer. He decided to make a priory as a way to get out of purgatory. He settled on this location due to the amount of land and that there was a natural spring there. We learned that natural springs are seen as holy.
- Augustine "monks" or black cannons came to run the priory.
- The relic of John the Baptist's finger was there bringing pilgrims in.
- It was built with English gothic architecture.
- The black death came through and pretty much took out the priory. What was left was given to a friend of King Henry VIII when he took over the Church of England because they wouldn't grant him a divorce.
- The friend, whose name I didn't quite catch, took parts of it down and turned it into a tudor home.
- In 1930 Maud Russell made Mottisfort her home.
|Angel of Mottisfont added in the 1940s|
|From the back. The bottom windows are what's left of the original structure.|