After a very interesting talk by Professor Ted Howard, Chairman of Friends of the Church, it was difficult to tear ourselves away, but it was time to move on to Tollsworth Manor, just down the road. There has been a building on this site since 674AD, originally as part of the monastic farm. Through the centuries it has had many functions, not least as part of the YHA organisation, resulting in a gradual deterioration in its condition. Fortunately, the current owner, Gordon, came to the rescue in the 1980’s and he and his wife dedicated their lives to bringing the house and garden back to its former glory - which they have certainly done! They managed to incorporate modern living with preservation of the historical features resulting in a cosy home not a museum. Gordon gave a fascinating talk on the history which included a fun quiz with chocolate as prizes, and even served tea and cake before departure! Sadly, Gordon’s wife has died but he has carried on as custodian and invites visitors into his home and magnificent garden as a way of raising funds for St Catherine’s Hospice.