My Day at Boycie’s

On Thursday I had the pleasure of meeting a star from one of my favourite programmes, Only Fools and Horses.

I went on a trip (not an acid one) with my mum’s WI (don’t laugh) to Wigmore Abbey, the fascinating – and very old – home of John Challis, alias Boycie.  The exterior scenes of his subsequent series The Green Green Grass were in fact filmed there.  The house is not open to the public as such; John and his wife Carol welcome visitors in groups of a minimum of 20 about six times a year to raise funds towards its no doubt costly upkeep.

It was a fascinating day, and John was lovely.  He had no airs and graces about him whatsoever, and never made a big thing of being a “star,” because the visit was all about the house and not about him.  After a while I almost forgot he was famous, because the history of the 800-year-old house, a former monastery, was so interesting.

I did manage to get a photo taken with him, though, as did my friend Marlene, who couldn’t miss the opportunity to get a “Boycie and Marlene” picture and was chuffed to bits with the result.

Wigmore Abbey

Boycie and Marlene (yes really)

Me with JC

JC gave us a very detailed guided tour of the beautiful garden, then part of the house (though not the family’s private quarters), before dishing up tea and scrummy homemade cakes which were made by Carol.

It was all a bit surreal really, but brilliant.



  1. June 13, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Thanks for sharing Leigh! I did like your pictures and wondered how the visit came about. x

  2. leighm123 said,

    June 13, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Thank you for reading Sue – glad you enjoyed it! xx

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