Clouds Hill is the name of the cottage were Lawrence of Arabia spent time here away from his Army life.The small brick and tile cottage has tiny rooms with little natural light,and are much as he left them.He relied on candle power in the cottage as there was know electric.His motor bike shed has now been turned into an exhibition about his...more
We walked around the odd looking cottage to find the door, the front of the building was even more peculiar looking as it had no windows apart from a small sky light in the roof. On entering the house I paid my entrance (Freya was free) & noted no photos where allowed so planned to buy postcards at the end. Headed up the stairs, which were in the...more
Continuing on to the grave, we found ourselves at St Nicholas at Moreton a couple of miles away. We had a walk around the small graveyard to no avail, deciding his grave must be in the church we went in to find a tour group having a talk by a guide. It turns out Freya & I had stumbled on what was considered the greatest work of art made in Dorset...more
Corfe Castle sits very dominatingly on a steep hill in east Dorset, the view of it from the eastbout approach road is wonderful. It is thought there was a roman defence settlement here, the present castle was built in the 11th century, belief is it is was on the site of a wooden castle. The property was given to the National Trust in 1982Opening...more
In Bovington, Dorset, is the succintly and accurately named Tank Museum. It is simply massive and houses what is probably the greatest collection of armoured vehicles, especially tanks, in the world. It has everything from Little Willie of 1915, the first experimental tank of WWI, and the other tanks of WWI, up to the modern day. Examples include a...more
Not wanting to interrupt the talk in the church Freya & I wandered back towards the village & came across a builder, who finally gave us the directions to Lawrence’s Grave, it is in an external cemetery on the road which has the garden centre is situated, only a couple of hundred meters from St Nicholas church. We amazingly had the place to...more
From here or the nearby Tank Museum you can do a 7 mile circular walk through the local Bovington forest, this takes your to the sights of his death, Clouds Hill, his local church, Bovington camp and the grave yard where he is now buried at Moreton. If you fancied something a bit longer it is possible to start the route at Wareham where Lawrence...more
Once leaving Clouds Hill, Freya & I set off in search of Lawrences grave, which in the literature at the house I had read it was in a near by village. Driving along the road I noticed some people looking at a rock near the public viewing area of the Tank Museum, we pulled over to find it was a memorial to T. E. Lawrence as he died near the spot....more
The Tank Museum is just huge, It sprawls over a large area with exhibits both inside & out. We didnt actually have time to go inside on this visit, but there is plenty to view from the outside. A great feature is the public viewing area, just of the main road running past which is free to view. Army from the local camp train here in the areas you...more
Looking on a map of the local area I noticed a National Trust property called Clouds Hill. Knowing this was the name of T. E Lawrence's home, or better known as "Lawrence of Arabia", but not actually realising where it was in England. So we drove up to have a look to see if it was, and it was!The car park is tiny so after telling a 4x4 driver to...more
Opposite the entrance to the cottage is the large shed where Lawrence kept his beloved motorbike , which was later to cause his death in 1935. Inside the shed now is a fascinating exhibition about his life and adventures, including a television showing a video. As in the house it can get quite cramped in there, so chose your times to visit,...more
I had no idea what to expect, the vast majority of National Trust properties I have visited have been castles, manor houses & stately homes so I was quite suprised when this tiny cottage came in to view, almost thinking it must be be game keepers house. But nope this is the rear of Clouds Hill, a charming unusual little place. Lawrence was based at...more
After visiting the grave of T.E. Lawrence, Freya & I wandered back in to the village to pop in to the cafe for a drink.
Unfortunately by the time we got there the tour group which we met in the church were now all in the cafe, so we didnt stop. Looks a lovely place though, quite unusual with photos of village history & the funeral of Lawrence too.
Worth popping in if you are interesting in seeing more photos relating to Lawrence though.
Postcards are all that were on offer when I visited Clouds Hill, I have since read there were books of the local area and T.E Lawrence's life for sale there too, but not during my visit.
I bought 5 post cards (all in my travelogue), for 30 pence each. Sadly there were non of the interior of Clouds Hill as expected.
What to buy: Postcards!
What to pay: 30 pence
There are many white horses dotted around the English countryside although this is the only one I have seen. This particular one at Osmington Hill is the only one with a rider on top, depicting King George the 3rd and only 1 of 4 which is facing right.
It is thought the horse was carved a little before 1808 on a limestone base, then whitened with chalk.
You can find the horse over looking Weymouth Bay, near Osmington.