Sir James Barrie spent much time in the 1920’s in Stanway, a small village in the Cotswold Hills. When in Stanway, Sir Barrie stayed at the nearby Stanway House, a beautiful Jacobean manor and home to the Earl and Countess of Wemyss.
The wooden building is a cricket pavilion. The pavilion sits on the edge of the village cricket green, which is separated by fencing from the surrounding fields full of grazing sheep.
The pavilion was built in 1925 by a local builder, John Oakey of Winchcombe (who also built a nearby tennis pavilion), and presented as a gift from Sir James Barrie to the cricket club of Stanway. Today, the pavilion is used regularly by the Stanway Cricket Club.
The cricket pavilion rests on staddle stones, which are mushroom-shaped pillars originally used to support granaries because of their unique, vermin-deterring shape. The wooden structure was built to be a cricket pavilion, not a granary, but the staddle stones add a nice Cotswoldian touch.
As more cuteness joined the party, I found it hard to pull myself away. But I had to go. However, I expect that I’ll be visiting the Stanway House in the near future. Perhaps I can come back and say hello then.