23 May 2015

Wiltshire...

 ... another perfect week at Jasmine Cottage in Steeple Ashton....
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The 'pocket cathedral' - St Mary's Steeple Ashton ..
 
 
 
 
 
Cley Hill, near Warminster, where there are bronze age bowl barrows, an iron age hillfort and strip lynchets from the middle ages, a beacon proclaimed the Spanish Armada from the summit....
 
 
 
 
..... and magnificent views in all directions ...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
...Bratton Camp revisited (one of my favourite places).....
 
 
 
My favourite white horse.... Westbury
 
 
.... this reminds me, I need to make an appointment with my stylist!
 
 
 
 
The Fovant Badges .... a series of regimental insignia have over the years been cut into the steep hillside of Fovant Down.  The first badges and emblems were cut during the First World War when soldiers were camped locally.  Some of the early figures - including a map of Australia and a kangaroo cut by Australian troops - have sadly not survived, however, the remaining ones can be seen from the A30 (source:- Wiltshire by Richard Sale).
 
 
 
I think he was as surprised to see a Townie as I was to see him ..
 
 
Chislebury Camp is round here somewheres....
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our next mission, should we decide to accept it (I'm showing my age now ... 'Mission Impossible' days!), will be to find it on our next trip to Wiltshire (along with Battlesbury Camp ... goodness knows where they've put it!).
 
Wilton was once the capital of Wessex.  This is the old St Mary's church, built in the 15th century, it is now redundant and maintained by the Churches' Conservation Trust....
 
 
 
In 1845 a new church, St Mary and St Nicholas was built which meant curtains for poor OLD St Mary's. 
 
But, what a building the new one is....!!   I had to blink a couple of times as I couldn't believe I was in leafy Wiltshire rather than Tuscany!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pixie thinks the only good cat is a stone cat ....
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
St John's Priory Chapel ...
 
 
 
 
 
Barbury Castle, another hillfort (I'm glad to say I'm obsessed) and is where Cynric is said to have defeated the Britons in 556 AD, it is on The Ridgeway which linked East Anglia with Wessex (completely understandable why folks from Suffolk have always wanted to visit Wiltshire!).......
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hackpen Hill, on the Ridgeway .....
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pepperbox Hill near Salisbury.....
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sir Robert Eyre the Lord Chief Justice an early owner of The Newhouse at Redlynch is responsible for the Pepper Box.....
 
 
 
Figsbury Ring .... an unusually designed iron age hillfort with a central Neolithic enclosure, there are fab views over Salisbury Plain, Old Sarum and Salisbury cathedral. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
There's always one isn't there .......
 
 
.... and off to Glastonbury again!  The Isle of Avalon...
 
 
 
A gentleman taking his cute goat for a walk, he said this was the goat's first trip out and he was taking it all in his stride, and posing very well for the photo .....
I want one!
 
 
What a fab place!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


3 Comments:

Blogger Norman Sharples said...

WOW!

As usual, fantastic photographs Cindy!

You have seen more of Wiltshire than I have and I have lived there since 1972!

Very best wishes,

Norman

www.jasminecottage.co.uk

25 May 2015 at 09:11:00 BST

 
Blogger Sage said...

wonderful photos. They would have been good without the clouds but the clouds just really helped make the photos extra special. Sadly mother nature doesn't always make such beautiful skies for us to take photos off. Can't say which one I like the best but the one with the trees and the road with the bend in it caught my eye.

4 June 2015 at 20:55:00 BST

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a touch of both Gainsborough and Turner in your marvellous landscape photos Cindy! You are famous for documenting the landscape in England and the fine tradition goes on. I also love your no 3 from the bottom photo, the gate facing a street with strong coloured houses at the opposite side and a man crossing the street that gives life to the scene. No amateurs takes that kind of photos.
Thanks Cindy!

xxxx Arne

5 June 2015 at 22:58:00 BST

 

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