Author: blosslyn

St Lawrence Church, South Cove, Suffolk

We have been away for a few days, down on the south coast and London, hence the lack of posts, not enough time.  But back to normal, or as normal as it gets, to carry on with a few more churches from the archives.  We visited St Lawrence in 2016, a wonderful thatched, basically Norman Church, although the Victorians did their best to change the interior in 1877, but not quite succeeding.  The church origins go back to the late Saxon period (circa 1000AD) but the nave, with original north and south doorways, remain, giving the overall feel of a Norman Church.  The chancel was added in 1240 and the splendid church tower in the 14t century.  

The interior is long and narrow, with a beautiful Medieval roof.  Luckily on the day of our visit the sun shone and the light filled the church with a rose tint, I think the light bounced of the roof and the red tiled floor, it looked beautiful.

There are 24 15th century benches carved with tracery and poppyheads but the octagonal font of the same date, has been defaced and is in a sorry state compared to some of the others that I have seen locally.

The pulpit is 17th century and has been reduced from a triple decker.

As I made my way up the chancel, I suddenly noticed a painting on the wall.  Looking closer I recognised  St Michael painted on two boards, acting as a door to the Rood stairs.  It is possible that the door, if it is the correct door to the stairs, is 15th century, and it is remarkable that it had survived.  I should think it was plastered and painted over, so the Victoria restoration was not all bad, as they would have found it when uncovering the door to the Rood stairs…..( a screen that would have divided the Chancel from the Nave)

 

The porch was rebuilt in 1880

 

Passing Time

 St Martin Church, Coney Street in the City of York, Yorkshire.  Famous for the clock hanging out into the street.  For some reason it always reminds me of the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland.  Now I did take some photos of the interior, if only I could find them 🙂

St Mary Church, Henstead, Suffolk

One that got a away in 2016, St Mary in Henstead, Suffolk.  Unfortunately on the day that we passed this beautiful Norman Church, we just didn’t have the time to visit.  So I took a photo and also of the village sign, so I know where to come back to.  It did look so intriguing sitting along among the trees and there it will sit, until I can return and explore…..thats if its open. 

St Denys Church, Cold Ashby, Northampshire

We were passing this church quite late in the afternoon in 2016……I am so behind with my church photos…… I got husband to stop and luckily the church was still open.  It looked quite interesting with all the different style of windows and building materials.   St Denys in Cold Ashby is listed Grade 2 and is a modest stone church set high on the ground to the present village centre.  The existing building is thought to be from the 12th to 14th century and was restored in 1840.

The walls and roof have been restored so that they show the original stone and timbers.

Under the gallery there is a perpendicular octagonal font on a panelled stem with fleurons to the underside of the bowel, dated 15th century.

The Royal Coat of Arms of George 3rd are dated 1778 , there were restore in 1970.

Clevedon Pier, North Somerset

According to Sir John Betjeman, Clevedon Pier in North Somerset, is the most beautiful pier in England, I think he had a point, it’s so dainty, if a pier can be called that.  We were visiting nearby in 2016, so took the chance to have a look.  I’m so glad we did, even through the weather was a little grey, and it did start to drizzle by the end of our visit, the views of England’s only Grade 1 listed pier, with Victorian Pagoda, opened in 1869, was well worth it……its so pretty and dainty.  I am so use to seeing big chunky piers, that this one was a bit of a shock, and also that I had never seen it before.  

We didn’t get the chance to explore the pier as we were short of time, but this little castle like building is where you would buy your entry ticket.  However since our visit, I have read that there s a new visitor’s centre, so maybe you would buy your tickets there now.  I had added some photos of the little steam train that is in the park, and a couple of Toffee when he was a puppy, plus a few black and white photos.  A very enjoyable way of spending a couple of hours.

 

A Helping Hand

I am sorting through church photos at the moment, but keep coming across photos taken at the Oktoberfest in Munich, Bavaria, from 2016.  I was trying to capture the young lady with her beer steins, when a couple from our party, definitely started to look a little worried 🙂

They Only Ordered Soup

I love going to the Oktoberfest in Munich, Bavaria.  We try to go each year, husband goes for the beer, I go for the photo taking opportunities of which there are plenty, inside the tents and out.  I just loved the look on this poor guys face, those trays are heavy.  

A good one for my ‘Occupation Category’ which as been a bit lapsed lately.