16 August 2017

Wickham Skaithe

This pretty mid-Suffolk village seems remote and off the beaten track.  In my trusty old Dictionary of English Place-Names' by A D Mills 'Wickham' usually means 'homestead' associated with an earlier Romano-British settlement, and the affix 'Skeith' is from the old Scandinavian word for 'race course' .. apparently.  What a lovely mixture: Romans and Vikings!

The village is thought to be at least a thousand years old...... but the sign is quite new, and very splendid it is...




Such a pretty mere, known locally as 'The Grimmer', it has been suggested that this was called 'The Grim Mere' in days gone by, but over time its name has been distorted, as often happens.   According to Pip Wright's "The Watery Places of Suffolk" ..... "..... here in 1645 The Witchfinder General 'swam' five unfortunate women before bringing them to trial at Bury St Edmunds".  I am reliably informed by Helen Barrell's website that I am related to The Witchfinder General by marriage, on my Mother's side, which some would say is rather ironic really 😊

Possibly the last "swimming" in the country as a test of witchcraft occurred at Wickham Skeith in 1825.  Isaac Stebbings, a pedlar aged about 67, was accused of black magic and driving two people (a thatcher's wife and a farmer) insane. He was immersed in 'The Grimmer' and floated three times - a positive indication of guilt. A second trial was planned for the following week, but the clergyman and churchwardens intervened and kept people away from the Grimmer.






















18 July 2017

A visit ......

A lovely afternoon in Enfield visiting my Father's cousin Stuart and his wife June ......




24 June 2017

Hertford 1965....

"Hertford Industrial Estate:-  There is no lack of activity here"..... (that's Dad's 'company car' when he was Senior Engineer for Eastern Electricity at Ware).....



21 June 2017

Heacham, Norfolk ... again.... :-)


The Vimto Kid and her Mum (above).

I've never known the North Sea to be so warm, it was like bath water on the hottest day in June for 40 years, 32 degrees C or so .... I just wish I'd got me cozzy with me!


...like this fella had.....




A murmuration perhaps .....????  I don't think that the 'Countryfile 2018 Calendar' will be wanting this one though!







Another Springer far more adventurous than me....




Mum was about to put this 'child' on a lead.....





19 June 2017

Heacham in Norfolk, and Wiggenhall St Peter Church Ruins......

Heacham gets its name probably from the River Hitch, there is evidence of settlement in the area for the last 5,000 years, how fab is that!  The village has historic ties to Pocahontas who married John Rolfe who was baptised in the church there.  John Rolfe brought Pocahontas and their son to Heacham Hall in 1616 to visit his family.

The beaches at Heacham are situated on the east banks of The Wash, this means it is one of the few beaches in eastern England where the sun sets over the sea instead of over the land.

The difference in sunset times for the longest and shortest days of the year is about 2½ hours.  In Heacham it is 5½ hours!!  This means that, during mid-Summer, the sun lingers over the task.  So when it is a great sunset (which is very common in Heacham) you have hours to enjoy it. Once the sun goes below the horizon in Heacham it remains light for hours after - often aided by a beautiful moon rising from the East. (Source:- Norfolk Online).

The South Beach.... it was lovely to escape the heat of 32 degrees C in Mildenhall (I thought I'd never see myself write that, being a sun lover!  It must be me age....!)....




All at sea......









Wiggenhall St Peter church ruins.... a 15th century church where the chancel was constructed in 1421.  It was largely intact in the 1920's but was redundant and was in ruins by the 1950's...... this is in the Kings Lynn and West Norfolk district...










Toothache maybe?.....





The River Great Ouse is just a few metres away, a high bank holding back its dangerous waters....





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