Sketching early buildings in Steeple Ashton

Recently [well 2 years ago now] we had guests staying in Coachmans Cottage, who told us that the reason for choosing to stay here was because they had seen the village video  on our website and felt that Steeple Ashton would be the perfect place to pursue their hobby  of sketching interesting and early buildings. The old part of the village has one of the highest density of Listed buildings in this area.

On arrival they were most interested to see the 3 etchings hanging in the cottage, signed with my surname. These were taken from the original drawings by my late Grandfather, an architect, nearly 100 years ago.

The other pencil sketches, hanging in the hall, came from our coffee table book “Our Wiltshire Village” written by a resident of Steeple Ashton, the late Betty Smith, and illustrated with 20 sketches of this village drawn by the late Alan Andrew, who incidentally also drew the design of a stain glass window at nearby Great Chalfield Manor, this proved to be a delight too, both a charming read and a treat for the eyes.

At the end of their holiday they departed remarking on the coincidence of..... a video... framed etchings and sketches... and a coffee table book, saying that our village really is “A Quintessentially English Village”. This is a term that has been often used by guests in the last 15 years. Please note that due to covid restrictions, the book mentioned above is not in Coachmans, but is available if required, please ask.   


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