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8. The Village of Whixley

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We visited the Yorkshire village of Whixley in May 2012 because of three gardens opening under the National Gardens Scheme (NGS)  system for raising money for charity. It was a beautiful day and all three gardens were magnificent plus a pleasant stroll around the village with its attractive 'old brick' houses, other interesting properties and a visit to the local parish church. We hope this web page will encourage people to visit these gardens open under the NGS and leave a donation as well for the parish church too!

PLEASE REMEMBER these are PRIVATE gardens and are only open to the public, for a small entrance fee, on selected days in the summer - check the Yorkshire Gardens 2012 NGS booklet or the NGS website www.ngs.org.uk 


The Village of Whixley itself

Whixley, once of the old county of the West Riding of Yorkshire is 8 miles west of York, 8 miles east of Harrogate and 6 miles north of Wetherby and is set in pleasant rolling farmland on the edge of the Vale of York. It is an ancient medieval village, whose earliest church dates back to the 12th century.

 

Left: The Village Shop for basic provisions and the Cobbles cottages on Rudgate - junction with High Street. Right: The Village Hall on High Street.

 

One of the prettiest cottages on the High Street of Whixley village.

 

Left: Some attractive brick cottages on High Street

Right: Laburnum Farm House, just opposite from Ash Tree House on High Street. Above the door is carved the name 'Richard Potter' and some symbols I couldn't quite make out?

 

An attractive Georgian? house on High Street and the old West Riding signpost.

 

An attractive brick barn? on the left of Plum Tree House on Church Street

 

Holme Hill House on Church Street


Cobble Cottage Garden, Rudgate, Whixley

Cobble Cottage garden by John Hawkridge and Barry Atkinson is a plantsman's and flower arranger garden with an amazing variety of shrubs and flowering plants packed into a relatively small area.

 

 

Cobble Cottage garden

 

Cobble Cottage garden

 


Ash Tree House Garden, High Street, Whixley

Ash Tree House garden of Mr and Mrs E P Moffitt is also relatively small and mainly sited on a sloping bank towards the house itself. The main section is an extensive rock garden with the ash tree towering above the bank. The borders are full of well established herbaceous plants, shrubs and roses giving a wonderful variety of colour shades.

Ash Tree House garden

 

 

 

Ash Tree House garden

 


The Old Vicarage Garden, Church Street, Whixley

The Old Vicarage garden of Mr and Mrs Roger Marshall has a 1/4 of an acre walled garden as part of these lovely extensive gardens that surround the house. The walls and various structures within the garden are covered with climbers. There are mixed borders, old roses, hardy and half-hardy perennials, topiary, bulbs and hellebores. Gravel and old brick paths lead to hidden seating areas to find some peaceful solitude in this 'classic English romantic garden'. As well as stall selling plants, a fine tea and cakes was available in this delightful garden by the side of the fine old medieval church (se last section of page).

 

 

The Old Vicarage garden

 

The Old Vicarage garden

 

The Old Vicarage garden

 

 

 

The Old Vicarage garden

 


The Church of the Ascension, Whixley

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Left: The lych gate into the churchyard

Right: The tower clock, beneath which the inscription reads 'I SERVE THEE HERE WITH ALL MY MIGHT AND TELL THE HOURS BY DAY AND NIGHT, THEREFORE EXAMPLE TAKE BY ME, AND SERVE THY GOD AS I SERVE THEE

AND PLEASE LEAVE A DONATION TO HELP WITH THE UPKEEP OF THIS FINE OLD CHURCH

 

The Church of the Ascension, Whixley is set amongst lovely woodland. Apart from one window in the chancel, nothing remains of the 12th century Norman church. What you see today in mainly from the early 14th century circa 1300-1310, the tower is Perpendicular in style.

 

Church of the Ascension, Whixley: Pevsner quotes about the church 'It is rare for a village church to be so extensively in one style'.

 

Church of the Ascension, Whixley: The aisles are buttressed and between them the south door which is the main entrance to the church.

 

Church of the Ascension, Whixley: The south door entrance, the restored outer arch has ball flower decoration and the inner (older?) doorway in the porch has its own characteristic mouldings characteristic of this architectural period, including two weathered heads!

 

Church of the Ascension, Whixley: Looking east down the nave into the chancel. The north (left) and south (right) aisle-nave arcades have fine looking quatrefoil piers, with quatrefoil capitals and double-chamfered arches with hood-moulds on head-stops.

 

Church of the Ascension, Whixley: Looking west down the nave to the west window.

 

 

 

Church of the Ascension, Whixley: On the right is the south aisle.

 

Church of the Ascension, Whixley: The finely carved capitals of the nave pillars with carved heads above them.

 

Church of the Ascension, Whixley: The only deeply recessed typical Norman window left with its Victorian stained glass.

 

Church of the Ascension, Whixley:

Left: One of the three pointed arches that support the tower. The fourth arch is effectively the west window. The arches all have finely-detailed moulded capitals.

Right: the old medieval (Norman?) font.

 

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