16 April 2018

A lovely stay in Compton Bishop, in beautiful Somerset

The second day of our trip my camera gave up the ghost as the on/off switch decided it had worked too hard over the years, so my photos are thin on the ground this trip (and some would say "thank goodness for small mercies!").....

The cottage we stayed in, called 'Crooks', (Dad would have said "That's appropriate!"), is at the foot of Crook's Peak, the highest peak in the Mendips....






The view from the back door .....


The road to Crook Peak ... Brent Knoll in the distance...





When I can download the rest of the photos from my SD card, there will be a few more for me to put on here, but these following photos are from a borrowed camera ....

Looking to Crook Peak.....







Winscombe, the views from the hill above the church....



Wells, at the Bishop's Palace....






The Millennium stone near the moat of the Bishops Palace marking the mileage to my beloved Glastonbury....





From Crook Peak.....


25 March 2018

Warren Hill, (also known as Three Hills) Icklingham...

An area of 77 acres has been cleared to create a new nature reserve on this historic landscape.  This area has an interesting history as old gravel pits on this site have yielded flint tools made by the earliest humans in Britain (over half a million years old).  There are early Bronze Age burial mounds on this site and an early Saxon cemetery.  From the 13th century it was part of the Mildenhall Warren (where poor old rabbits were farmed by the Bunds abbey, shame on them).  The manor was included in the Duchy of Lancaster lands after The Dissolution and leased to Sir Nicholas Bacon.  In 1604, Sir Henry North purchased the grange of Mildenhall and the warren.  It then passed to Sir Charles Bunbury.  In the 1930's Warren Hill was bought by the Forestry Commission and planted with pine trees. Source:- on site information board.

The heath is closed from March to October for the bird breeding season, however the walk along the perimeter fence gives nice views across to Cavenham Heath...










The Bronze Age burial mounds (The Three Hills)....




.. and to think, I passed by this historic site every day on my journey to work, oblivious of its importance....



23 March 2018

St Mary, Thornham Pava

Having read about the 14th century wall paintings and The Retable, a framed altarpiece, we thought it worth a visit on what was a sunny morning but turned into an overcast and atmospheric afternoon..

Norman flintwork with traces of the Saxon church.....






Dating from around 1335 is The Retable, and painted for the Dominican Priory at Thetford originally.... not complete however, the rest of it can be seen in the Musee de Cluny in Pareeee ....




Wall paintings of the complete story of St Edmund (who I think should be England's Patron Saint).....



St Edmund fleeing on horseback from the Danes....



The monument to Sir Basil Spence OM (1907-1976) and to his wife....




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