08 October 2013

Ashwell in Hertfordshire this afternoon.....

 
 
 
 
 
Ashwell gets its name from the springs which rise here and feeds the River Rhee which is one of the principal sources of the River Cam.  At Ely the Cam joins the Ouse and flows out to sea at The Wash, a total distance from Ashwell of 65 miles.......
 
 
I leapt (well, ok, inched) across the stepping stones....
 
 
 
... and then back again!
 
 
 
 
 
 
The springs were used by households as a water source for centuries, and was the village laundry until the arrival of piped water in 1913.  Water piped directly from the springs was used by Fordham's and then Whitbread's breweries (laundry-flavoured beer maybe?) and the latter gave the springs to the village in 1972.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bear House built in the late 1300's....
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ancient graffiti on the pillars ....
 
 
 
 
The next photo shows graffiti in the tower referring to the plague during the reign of Edward III and a great storm which swept across the country on 15th Jan 1361.
 
 
Believed to be a sketch of St Paul's Cathedral drawn in the 14th or 15th century.....
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A lovely village, and I can't wait to return.
 
 

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

In my youth a few years back.. I always looked for books that told stories of foreign countries and they had to have photos. What a dream it would have been with internet and your blog! I think most of us feel we canĀ“t travel as much as we want to, so thank you Cindy for filling my days at home with interesting facts and foton (Swedish spelling..)from your lovely country!

xxx Arne

8 October 2013 at 23:33:00 BST

 
Blogger Pete Duxon said...

thanks for reminding me how lovely it is. not been for years

12 October 2013 at 21:27:00 BST

 
Blogger Sage said...

Yes, a lovely village. Beautiful clouds and cute little pond.

13 October 2013 at 19:49:00 BST

 

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