Ten miles away from where I was born and where I spent my childhood lay a boarded-up house on the site of a pre-reformation Augustinian Priory. The house was falling into disrepair. In the 1980s the house was sold to the National Trust who proceeded to restore the property and the grounds.
The house at Canons Ashby was the ancestral home of the Dryden family. The gardens were laid out in the early part of the 18th Century, descending terraces, gravel paths, sculptured topiary and a wonderful vegetable plot.