Citizens of Bath have long revelled in its beauty at all seasons, and, thanks to the motor coaches from Bristol, which pass through Cold Ashton on their way to Marshfield and Chippenham, residents in the "Sister City" have now discovered that St.
Catherine's, with its well-known Tea Gardens at The Mead, offers a delightful and convenient "halfway house" on a round trip which they may accomplish by combining a healthful walk and the swifter and less arduous pleasures of riding.
The reason why The Mead Tea Garden has become so favourite a rendezvous is not far to seek.
"There are all sorts of Scottish home-made dainties, including girdle cakes and shortbread, besides, in season (June and July), luscious strawberries and raspberries fresh culled from the garden, with ample supplies of cream.
"After tea you may stand before the quaint old Wishing Well in the Garden, with its never-failing spring of the clearest, coldest water, and legend says that if you carry out certain mystical rites while wishing, your desires will be fulfilled.
"If the unexpected desire of the 'well-wishers' is for a delightful walk to follow the tea it will certainly come true and that right speedily." For the better accommodation of visitors a bungalow has now been installed, with a wide verandah, on which teas are served (as well as at the tables on the lawns), while ample room is provided within the bungalow in case of cold or inclement weather.
The eight pink cherries at their peak in the 1980s. ANNIE DOW WILSON of Stirling and Dunfermilne, Scotland, in 1923 within the existing market garden due to so many people visiting St.
Planted in September 1937 by Evelyn on buying the Mead with its Tea Gardens, five acre market garden & cottages. Catherine's Court and Church half a mile further up the valley.
Another seven were planted around the new Tea Garden when Evelyn had the pavilion moved, in 1947, from the house garden down to its 'Wind in the Willows' setting beside St. Described by Arthur Mee in his book SOMERSET, "It is incomparable, we have seen nothing in our ten thousand villages more like the spirit of Old England, tender, enduring and altogether lovely". 2011, 7 days and 280 old friends back and £1500 raised and this September 1-5 we celebrated the 75th anniversary of Ma Evelyn buying The Mead property in September 1937 (and sadly the 20th anniversary of my closing down in September 1992).
With the nearest and dearest in 5 days we enjoyed 160 happy reunions and £750 raised.
James and his wife Annie Dow Wilson bought The Mead property 26 March 1921......
Started the TEA GARDENS in 1923 within the 5 acre market garden.