Having arrived at Torksey Lock after our cruise up the tidal Trent on Sunday and looking at a Memory-map for somewhere to walk the dogs I found that Kettlethorpe, the home of Katherine Swynford is only a short distance away from our moorings.
When the weather had moderated on the Monday afternoon Nb. Clarence and Nb. Seyella set off for Saxilby and Lisa, David and myself set off on our bikes to find Kettlethorpe.
Kettlethorpe Manor gateway, the former home of Lady Katherine Swynford
There is little remaining of the former Manor House but the gate and part of the moat survive after 700 years. This is a private home so we were able to see the gate but not the moat. The author of Katherine stayed here as a guest when she did her research studies in 1952.
St. Peter's and St. Paul's Kettlethorpe
The church is directly across the access road from Kettlethorpe and although amended over the years it would have been part and parcel of Manor life for the Swynfords and their serfs.
The pulpit is of carved black oak and dates from Tudor times
We cycled back to Torksey village and had a wee look around before David discovered that his rear tyre was punctured. We retired to the local inn, The Hume Arms to consider what to do and while we were there we thought to sample the local ale, just a passing thought...
Brompton bike park