|View from grounds of Abbots Leigh|
In any event, the morning after that, Charles set out for Trent, accompanied by Jane Lane and Henry Lascelles. They planned to spend the night at the home of Edward Kyrton, steward to William Seymour, the Marquess of Hertford. The Marquess had had been a privy counselor to Charles I and was one of four peers who remained with the king through his trial and acted as pallbearers at his funeral. He had also commanded troops at several important actions during the war and been governor to young Charles, then Prince of Wales. In that capacity, he had declined to agree to Parliament's order to ensure that Charles "bee not carried out of the kingdome," and as of 1651 he had been ordered to remain at one of his houses in Wiltshire, and his eldest son Lord Beauchamp was imprisoned in the Tower from April to September 1651. His steward was likely to provide a safe haven for the fugitive king.
|Castle Cary, October 2009|
|The George, Castle Cary|
The patrons of the George directed us to Ansford, an adjoining village, saying that the house was covered with bushes or ivy. We found what we think was the house, called Laydocks. It is on a hill with sweeping views, and Glastonbury Tor is visible in the distance, prompting me to have Charles comment upon it in my book.
|Road in Ansford where Kyrton's house is|
|The house where Charles stayed at Ansford - I think!|
|View from house at Ansford|
Glastonbury Tor in the disance somewhere
|Sign at Laydocks, the house supposedly belonging to Edward Kyrton|
On the other hand, Wilmot’s ideas about when to be secretive were a little odd. As Charles was riding with Jane and Henry Lascelles to Castle Cary, Wilmot was making his way to Trent. When he got to the home of Francis Wyndham, he sent in Henry Rogers, the man accompanying him who was servant to the sister of Anne Wyndham, Francis’s wife.
|Outbuilding at Trent Manor, October 31, 2009|
|Trent Manor, October 31, 2009|
|Brick outbuilding at Trent Manor|
|Old outbuilding at Trent Manor|
|Yard at rear of Trent Manor|
|Hall and stairs of Trent Manor today|