In northern Sheepscombe, Gloucestershire, England there was a farm or estate called Ebworth Park. It became the residence of the Richins family and was part of the Painswick Manor. The forest of Sheepscombe and Ebworth Park has been greatly diminished by the late 1700’s when the Richins family moved to that area. The trees had been cut for lumber and firewood. Both the Manor of Painswick and Ebworth Park saw many different overseers before Henry Richins moved to the area. Most of Henry’s family settled at Ebworth.
When Hazel Richins visited England to do some research at the records offices she found they were not open on Saturdays. To fill the time she hired a taxi to take her to the places where the Richins family lived. She visited the Painswick and Sheepscombe Churches. Those were special experiences themselves, but she also wanted to visit Ebworth Park where the Richins lived and worked.
She asked the taxi driver to take her to Ebworth Park, but he had never heard of it, let alone how to get there. He was very obliging and began to enquire of the men along the street, but none of them knew Ebworth’s whereabouts either. Then an elderly man came along walking down the street with a dog on a leash and he was able to give them directions to Ebworth Park.
Hazel and the taxi driver headed north and the rolling green hills gave way to more level fields of some golden grain called corn by the English. It was harvest time and many acres had already been harvested, leaving stubbled fields. In the distance several fields had been set afire to clear the land. The smoke from the fires cast a haze over the area. They turned south, or what Hazel thought was south, since she didn’t know the area and didn’t have a map. As she scanned the area she noticed the trees on the skyline filled in the ravines and hollows and she wondered where the Park began or ended. Then just ahead she noticed the remains of a building. The taxi driver stopped and let her take a picture of the view.
They drove ahead to the ruins and Hazel took a close up picture of the building. As she looked around she noticed that that seemed to be the end of the road. There was a yard to turn around in and one house still standing that looked as if someone still lived there. She decided to knock on the door to see if there was someone who could tell her about Ebworth Park.
As she started for the house a big, black dog came bounding toward her barking and growling with his hackles raised. She decided to abandon her quest and fled back to the taxi. The taxi driver reached back and opened the door as Hazel dove into the car and slammed the door. The dog remained by the car door barking and growling even as the taxi turned and started back up the road. He escorted the car until was satisfied it has chased it away and then returned to its guard post.
Hazel then realized she had only two or three pictures of the area and house for all her expense and time getting there. She was disappointed she hadn’t been able to walk around and talk to someone. Later when Mr. Beard, who had done some research for the Richins family, heard her experience he made a trip to Ebworth and took a picture of the ruins from a different angle.