Monday, October 20, 2014

A trip into Cockington Village - Part 1


This is the village of Cockington, a place I used to frequent on a regular basis with either family or friends.  Back then I never thought about its history very much or how old the village was, but I have since found out that it was mentioned as far back as The Domesday Book, which was written in 1086, at the behest of William the Conqueror.   I found the photo below online and as you can see it was taken in 1900.  It hasn't changed much has it?


After our very special time in Normandy and then a fun time in London, I found myself eager to get down to Devon and show my family all the old haunts, this village being one of them.




We spent a very special hour or two in the village and if you look through the gates above, this is where we enjoyed a good old-fashioned Devonshire Cream Tea.


It was very relaxing and when we arrived we had the place all to ourselves for most of our cream tea, and only one other family turned up just as we were about to leave.  We arrived early and the village was still very quiet.


Celia had never had scones before and she loved the ones we had while in Devon.  We all did really.


And I thoroughly enjoyed my cup of tea.


and we all agreed, the scones were delicious slathered with clotted cream and strawberry jam, the only way to have a scone in my humble opinion.


It was a relaxing time for all of us.


I would have loved to have taken this turtle home with me.


Before long it was time to move on and explore the village a little bit more.  I'll have Part 2 ready for the next posting.


34 comments:

Bill Nicholls said...

I see that place is still going. It was tourest trap when I was a kid and still is from the look of things

Penelope Puddlisms said...

This place looks straight out of a fairy tale. The ancient village with enchanted homes reminds me of how very young Canada is, and its homes.

Sandra said...

I want the house in number 3 and the yard with it. gorgeous, simply gorgeous. love those roofs.. and stone walls and umbreallas and i am 70 and still not had a scone.. i had hoped to get one at Charms last week but did not. will try again... beautiful post

Pam said...

What a beautiful village! I love the roofs of the homes. The tea and scones look delicious too.

Mike @ A Bit About Britain said...

Lovely. Fabulous pictures. Good to see a nice bit of thatch - though I'm personally very glad we don't have it on our roof! It's great to compare 'then & now' and your two photos are an almost perfect match - brilliant! Now - scone protocol: is it cream first, then jam; or the other way round? I think one is right in Devon and the other in Cornwall!

TexWisGirl said...

those scones look great for tea or coffee! neat old village!

Stephanie said...

Yum for the scones. They look good. Love this town, so quaint. I agree with Penelope about it being straight out of a fairy tale. Love the roofs style. Beautiful place. Enjoyed this post very much.

ladyfi said...

Pure heaven!

Sara said...

I totally agree with you about the scones! It was interesting comparing the 114 year old photo with the village today. So glad they kept their thatched roofs. The very low sloping one on the corner intrigues me and I am wondering why it is like that.

gigihawaii said...

Those scones look great.
Very interesting photos of the village.
I look forward to part 2.

Indrani said...

The place is preserved so well.I would love to be there.

Linda Kay said...

Great pictures of this village, and certainly an interesting place to visit. Would have loved to join you for a cup of tea and a scone.

Karen S. said...

Oh my, I too would have enjoyed this visit, your pictures will have to do, and they are splendid. Your tea and treats are so delicious looking too!

Marie Flutterby said...

I just love those buildings absolutely amazing how they were structured and the roofs are amazing themselves.

Awesome share thank you so much! ツ

A Brit in Tennessee said...

A gorgeous little village Denise, it's one of the things I miss most about home...Thatched cottages, scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam, and tea served in fine china, simply heavenly :)
Thank you for sharing your wonderful pictures, I feel as if I've had a quick trip home.
Hugs,
~Jo

Linda Gross said...

I love, love this quaint village. No, it hasn't changed much at all since 1900!

B. Rogers, Living in Black Mountain said...

Now this is a post that I wouldn't skip for anything...what an interesting peek at the village and your personal experience with tea and scones. THanks!

Ginny said...

This is wonderful and beautiful! Like something out of a dream!! I am loving all your beautiful photos!! And the pink cottage, WOW! Is the Cream Tea called that because you put cream in it, or because that is the flavor of the tea? The scones are huge! I have heard of clotted cream, but never had any, as they don't sell any here. Does it really have clots? I can't wait for your next post.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

What a fantastic trip! I love the pictures. Seems like a wonderful place to visit.

Debbie said...

oh denise, what a wonderful place to visit, it's like it's out of a fairy tale!!

i love scones, ours here are always triangular shaped!! oh and i love the china!!!

Debbie said...

and, ummm, one more thing.....that turtle didn't fit in that big bag of yours ;))))

hehehehe!!!!!!

Kerri Farley said...

Wonderful!

Jane and Chris said...

It feels strange to go back after living abroad,doesn't it? I felt as though I sort of belonged,but didn't really.
Jane x

happywonderer said...

Wow it hasn't changed much. What a charming village. Now of course I'm craving a cream tea!!

Roy Norris said...

Not too many 'Cream Teas' I hope Denise.{:))

sallie (fulltime-Life.com) said...

Oh so picturesque -- and so full of history. And wonderful memories for you - so great to be able to share this amazing place with your family.

It's almost embarrassing to admit, but clotted cream is on of my favorite memories of our (too) brief stay in London. If I were rich and didn't have to worry about calories, I'd take cream tea every day (preferably in a place like the one you show here).

William Kendall said...

Such a marvelous village!

Michelle said...

I love seeing those thatched roofs.

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

Many of my ancestors sailed from Devon. Nice to think that perhaps the villages, or some of them, haven't changed much. Lovely photos. Thanks.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

The village does look like out of a fairy tale. I love how the houses look so old and although well kept kind of spread all over the place.

The tea and scones look wonderful.

I love the rose cottage in your header it is beautiful.

Marie said...

Oh I LOVE this village! The thatched cottages are so wonderful! The fact that it is such an old village is remarkable in that it hasn't really changed! Those scones look wonderful! I had amazing scones in Ireland and have been hard pressed to have any as good here in the states. These look amazing. I can almost taste them! The perfect place to have cream tea! You all look very happy!

Fayette Heidecker said...

Oh how I wish we could have tagged along! Love these quaint places. Guess there is reason for another trip!

orvokki said...

Love all in this post !!!

Felicia said...

such a peaceful little village. pretty images.