The Stoneywell Bull
Before we went away I prebooked tickets for a tour of the National Trust property of Stoneywell. It's most known for its Arts and Crafts interior, but it was the stories the guides told us that captivated me. It was completed by Ernest Gimson [in partnership with Detmar Blow] in 1899 for his brother Sydney to have as his summer residence. I think it must have a fabulous place to spend your summer holidays if you were a child with its scaled down play fort in the garden which was thatched every year with bracken. However, it was the tale of the lintel above the fireplace which made me chuckle. The children were told that an enormous bull had once charged through the wall and as proof its horns remain embedded there for all to see to this very day.
I had planned to do a full writeup of our visit, but as is oft the way the post has morphed into something quite different. As you can see I've just decided to go with it and offer up this alternative version which will hopefully amuse!