We had another trip out to Lewes, to Anne of Cleves House, which was a misnomer as while the house was given to her in a very generous divorce settlement by Henry VIII after six months of marriage she never lived in it or even saw it. It was a very hot day and it was just an ordinary Tudor house so after a quick look round the more crafty of the passengers took themselves into the garden and sat in the shade of the Medlar tree you see in the top picture. We knew it was a medlar tree because it had a plaque on it saying so. It grows a fruit like a small brown apple that is too hard to eat, you have to leave it until it goes rotten before you can get your teeth into it. Ugh
When the coach driver came to shepherd us back onto the coach he complained “I’ve brought you all this way to see this fascinating historical house and all you’ve done is sit in the garden and look at a tree”
"Ah" quoth Cloggy " but this is a very historical tree, a Medlar tree planted by Anne of Cleves herself"
He took us down into the centre of Lewes where Lady C and I found a table in the shade at a cafe and took tea. We essayed a look at the High Street but feeling a blast of coolth from the doorway of a Sports shop we went inside and enjoyed their air conditioning until it was time for the coach to roll again.
On the way back to the coach I took a picture of the River Ouse and Harveys Brewery, in the yard of which are stacked hundreds of casks of ale ready for delivery. We had with us a second driver, a local man, who gave us a commentary on points of interest. He told us that in the Great Flood of the year 2000 , the river took these full casks and distributed them far and wide and Harveys took adverts in the papers asking for the casks to be returned but not the contents. This driver told us he found 6 in his garden and disposed of the contents in a traditional and eco-friendly way before taking the emptys back.
NB:— we also have a River Ouse here in Yorkshire and there is a Great and Little Ouse in East Anglia. It is Anglo-Saxon for slow flowing.