30 March 2021

Oaklands Park

What a glorious day it has been here in my part of the UK. My car registered a high of 26 deg sitting in the sunshine! My friend M and I visited Oaklands park. 

The house, a beautiful surburban residence, was built in 1865 for local industrialist Frederick Wells, a director of the Chelmsford Brewery, on land purchased from the estate of the influential Mildmay family.
The house was used as a hospital in World War I, and when it came up for sale in 1930 Chelmsford Borough Council bought it for use as Chelmsford Museum and Essex Regiment Museum.
The additional wing at the side is quite modern but blends in with the original building.
In 2019, the museum had a full refurbishment, with a new cafe, interactive displays and new artefacts.


The grounds are lovely with wooded areas, flower beds and two adventure play areas. 


This group of trees is very popular with children, it's like a den inside.

The Hive cafe has an extensive menu offering delicious home made sandwiches, breakfast and brunch, afternoon tea, and a host of gorgeous mains and desserts. They have a restricted take-away menu at the moment so M and I had coffee and cake sitting on a bench in the shade. Next time we go we are going to take a picnic.
∼ Be safe and well ∼ 
Polly x

23 comments:

  1. We’ve had a beautiful March here. I love to visit estates like this. History, architecture and botanical beauty!

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  2. This looks like a wonderful spot to visit. It has been a very nice March in Michigan, too! Certainly in the UK it's pretty gorgeous!

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    1. It's lovely to have some really warm days

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  3. 26C at the end of March? Holy Moly! We're hoping for a beautiful day here tomorrow of 15C, the warmest this week.

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    1. That temp was after my car had been sitting in the sun for a while. But it was a gloriously very warm day.

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  4. Even so early in Spring that looks a lovely garden. It was a very brief warm spell though, wasn't it?

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    1. It was John, it's been warm here today but not much sunshine.

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  5. What a lovely place to visit. So pretty.

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    1. It will be a picture when the roses and summer blooms make an appearance :-)

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  6. My goodness what a great temperature for March. Sadly, it is not the same here (Isle of Lewis) we haven't got above 9 as yet. A great place for a visit.

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    1. The problem with glorious weather is that it's so dissapointing when it returns to cooler seasonal normal like today with a bitter cold wind earlier this morning :-(

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  7. Hi Polly,

    Looks like a place I would enjoy visiting. I remember as a kid enjoying playing house in a group of trees like the ones you photographed.

    Thanks for the visit, I hope you will come again.
    By the way, you were correct about the glass in the door. It has started to slowly sprinkle glass everywhere. We have called a repairman but due to the damaging weather we had in N. Texas ...we were added to a long list. Thank goodness we have another door to use!

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    1. Hello Janey, thank you for visiting. I hope your repairman arrives soon.

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  8. As you may already know from my previous blog posts, Polly, places like this are among our favorites. Glad you and your friend had such a wonderful getaway.

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  9. A shame the museum is closed and you were restricted to a walk around the park. But it sounds like it was a great day out.

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    1. It was a shame but we enjoyed our day with strolling round the park and catching up over coffee and cake.

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  10. Hello,:=) It looks like the sort of place I would like to visit. Hubby and I have visited quite a few stately homes, and museums in the UK.

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  11. Historic homes and buildings in England are always so interesting, and frequently so well-preserved and repurposed to great advantage.

    be safe... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  12. Looks like it was a beautiful and bright day! I love historic homes and buildings. Matter of fact back the last couple of months I did blogging on some of the ones around me. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. I enjoyed seeing your photographs, what a nice place to visit.

    All the best Jan

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