Wessex Attractions: East Somerset Railway

The East Somerset Railway (ESR) runs along a 212-mile stretch of the former Cheddar Valley line that originally linked Witham with Wells, where it joined the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway. After it was axed as part of the Beeching/Marples rail cuts, the artist David Shepherd purchased Cranmore station with a view to preservation, Cranmore now serves as the headquarters of the ESR.

At the time of writing, the ESR is open, though social distancing measures are in place inside train carriages. An adult day rover ticket costs £11, with childrens, concessionary and family tickets available. Visit their website for details.

Their postcode, for satnav purposes, is BA4 4QP, and bus number 161 serves Cranmore station from Monday to Friday.

Wessex Attractions: Alum Chine

Alum Chine is a gorge near Bournemouth which gives its name to a nearby blue flag beach. It was once home to Robert Louis Stevenson, But his former house there was bombed during World War 2, and subsequently demolished, despite efforts to save it.

Wessex Attractions: The Courts Gardens

The Courts Gardens are a small, National Trust-owned garden and arboretum near Holt in Wiltshire, built on the site of an old cloth mill. The gardens feature a lily pond, a herbaceous border, and sculptured yew trees. There is a cafe for visitors and a second-hand bookshop. The Orchard Room, near the arboretum, features an exhibition on the site's history.

The postcode, for satnav purposes, is BA14 6RR. Please check the website for opening hours, Covid-19 restrictions, and a selection of poems by poet-in-residence John Bond.

Wessex Attractions: Castle Combe

Castle Combe is primarily known as a motorsports venue, but the Cotswold village from which the racetrack takes its name has repeatedly been voted one of the most picturesque in England.

The racetrack has been Wessex's premier venue for motor racing for 65 years. The circuit is 1.85 miles long.

The village is regularly used as a location for film and TV, most recently in Steven Spielberg's War Horse. The church of St Andrew dates back to the 13th century and the Market Cross (currently undergoing restoration at the time of writing) from the 14th.

The postcode, for satnav purposes, is SN14 7NG.


In the late 1920's the Grant family decided to live in Burley. In 1930,
Lettice Grant (nee Rooke) bought a property in Bisterne Close, moving from
Westbourne in Bournemouth. Prior to that they were in Kashmir and further
back the Grant side were from Scotland. The Rooke's, however were from the
New Forest. Indeed part of the family tree show them as being in Burley,
Lymington and other areas of the New Forest.

2020 will represent 90 years at the Burley address, the property is still
occupied by Richard F. Grant. Although, his sister left as a teenager in

Jennifer has been married 3 times and now lives in Plymouth. She has two
middle aged sons, neither are married nor have children.
Richard was married briefly in the 1980's, has sons, and a granddaughter.
Lettice had 4 children, with her husband Gregor Hugh Grant  who died in his
early 30's when leaving Kashmir. The Grant's had Indigo plantations.
Established, by former generations, of the  Grant family.
The Rookes were also married into the Burrards of Lymington, who were local

The reason for this post is to ask, how many people still live
in the home where they were born?

Richard is a retired estate agent, although was for 20 years carer to his late Father.  His Mother, Sheila (nee Reilly) died in 1988.