Castle Road, Allington: turn right at this beautiful property, to head towards Allington Castle (I think this may be the castle gatehouse, but I'm not certain and have been unable to find any information to confirm my guess) but beware, all you'll find is a wooded walk and a big gate with CCTV peering down menacingly at you, at the end of it! Alternatively, if like us, you fancy a pint, follow the bend in the road left, stroll past the old church and onwards, to Allington Lock.
An intriguing glimpse of Allington Castle, shrouded from view by dense woodland.
An aerial library photograph of the mysterious castle - now privately owned and in 1951 home to an enclosed order of Carmelite Nuns.
I haven't yet had time to learn much about our parish's historical detail, but since moving here, I have discovered that on our side of the river lies a twelfth century castle, (frustratingly privately owned, closed to the public and shrouded behind dense woodland) a lovely old church (also now a private dwelling, so all we nosey parkers can do is peer past wrought iron railings and employ our imaginations!) a magnificent property called 'Lockwood House' set in sprawling lawns gloriously populated with wild rabbits and an eighteenth century Lock, still very much in use today.
No time to ponder history further, as we cross Allington Lock thirsty for our Sunday afternoon pint!
I found the following snippet of historical information about Allington Lock at: http://www.me16.com/allington/history/
The Civic Opening of Allington Lock in 1937. Built in 1792, the Lock was enlarged in 1881.
And finally, the old Allington Lockhouse dated 1833, taken on our stroll homewards, yesterday afternoon.