ALL DAY WALKERS 3 VISIT TO SIR EDWARD GREY'S COTTAGE

grey cottage

 

Sir Edward Grey, the British Foreign Secretary (1905-1916) kept a cottage on the banks of the River Itchen and on 9 June 1910 US President Theodore Roosevelt joined him for a ramble from Tichborne to Kings Worthy. Grey was an expert on birdsong and the Migratory Bird Treaty (MBTA) is often sited as an outcome of this walk. The MBTA has maintained the protection of migratory birds in North America ever since.

All Day Walkers Group 3 recently went searching for the remains of the cottage and memorial garden near Itchen Abbas and thanks to the 40+ yrs memory of one of our members, the idyllic site was discovered and much enjoyed followed by lunch at The Plough.

It’s no difficult to imagine why Sir Edward Grey would rush down from a hectic week in Westminster to relax for the weekend and enjoy this haven.

Jan Howell

 

09/18