A Wedding, A Poorly Nipper & Newark Castle, Nottinghamshire

We went to Fareham in Hampshire for very special wedding, today 08.08.17, my fathers.  My father who is ninety, married his girlfriend of thirty-four years, his new wife is seventy-two.  The day was beautiful, even though we had some rain, it didn’t matter, the day just shone.  I just wanted to make a note of this special day……so I do not miss their first anniversary, I’m terrible at dates 🙂   Also my oldest dog Nipper is in the vets, we had to rush him there three days ago as he was really very poorly and we found out he has very bad diabetes.  The vets have had to try and level his blood, which we think they have done, although he is still very poorly, he is starting to respond, so fingers cross he will pull though.  Anyway we will continue with the real reason for this post…… Newark Castle in Nottinghamshire.  We visited last year 2016, we had passed Newark several times over the years, but this time we managed to stop.

Newark Castle and Gardens are lovely, formal gardens bordered by the remaining walls of Newark Castle which was partly destroyed in 1646 at the end of the English Civil War. The Castle has stood proudly on the banks of the River Trent for nearly 900 years.

A little history….

The castle’s foundations date back to Saxon times but it was developed as a castle by the Bishop of Lincoln in 1123. Known as the Gateway to the North, the castle endured numerous sieges during the Baronial and English Civil war before it was partially destroyed in 1646.  From the riverside the bulk of Newark Castle looks extremely impressive, looming above the water like a forbidding barrier. It is only when you approach from the town that you realise how ‘one-sided’ the structure is. For on the town side, there are almost no remaining walls, though the towers are still impressive.  



I also took a mixture of black & white, as the castle grounds are used for weddings and we counted three while we were there.  Although the weather was very cloudy, it was still warm day.



Twin Lighthouses, Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire

I had forgotten that I had taken photos of the twin lighthouses at Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire, in 2015.  They were built, on the banks of the mouth of the River Nene in 1831 and designed by John Rennie, the architect of Waterloo Bridge and were originally built to commemorate the draining of the Great Fens and at that time the new entrance to the mouth of the River Nene.  The River Nene had been an important navigation for shipping and if a high tide occurred after dark, they were lit for approximately one and a half hours before and after high tide to guide ships through the sand banks and into the river. 

The lighthouse above, is on the west bank and now a private residence, but the one on the east bank, which is also private, has a little more history.

The east bank lighthouse has a fascinating history and was the home of the artist and conservationist, Sir Peter Scott, from 1933-39.  It is very likely that he began to formulate his ideas of conservation and wildlife at this time, as he adored the seclusion and peace.  The lighthouse was also used by Paul Gallico in his The Snow Goose story.  

From the lighthouse, there is the start of the Sir Peter Scott walk to King’s Lynn, or the reverse, this is about ten miles and is something on our wish list to do…..in the future. 




The Humber Bridge

Every time we go over the Humber Bridge, I mean to post about it, for my ‘Bridge Category’, as at the moment that category is a little lacking.  This crossing was made in May 2015 and the views are wonderful, on a sunny day, but this day was a little cloudy, so the photos look better in b&w.  The bridge connects Yorkshire and Lincolnshire and it’s the world’s eighth-longest suspension bridge over the Humber estuary, formed by the rivers Trent and Ouse between Barton-upon-Humber on the south bank and Hessle on the north. 

A little history….Approval for the construction of a suspension bridge was granted in 1959 with the passing of the Humber Bridge Act and the creation of the Humber Bridge Board, although it was not until 1973 that work finally began.

Work on the construction proceeded for eight years, during which time many thousands of tonnes of steel and concrete were used and upwards of one thousand workers and staff were employed at times of peak activity.

The traffic first crossed the bridge on the 24th June 1981.

I found a photo in book, so that you can see what the bridge looks like.

Happiness Is……

Happiness is…… for my Father-in-law, being on a foot plate of a steam engine.  I’m not joking, he had the biggest grin on his face from the start to the finish, he loved every minute.  It was Christmas 2016 and we always visit the train station at Sheringham, on the North Norfolk coast, to see if there are any steam trains in.  Luck was with us, and I think I had a big grin on my face, while I photographed him, 


Village Sign & Church of Great Dunham, Norfolk

Norfolk is full of wonderful churches and Great Dunhams Church, St Andrews, is a little gem.  This lovely little church is more Saxon than everything else, so it has a right to be on the village sign, which is great for my ‘Village Sign & Church Category’.   I haven’t be able to find anything out about the sign, but its the church that is really interesting…..post to follow soon.

January 2016 ‘Village Sign & Church’ Category 

The Lighthouse of Southwold, Suffolk

I got side tracked, this post was meant for something else, but I found another lighthouse, although not a Stevenson Lighthouse, as this one is in the beautiful seaside town of Southwold, on the Suffolk coast, but still a good one for my Lighthouse Category.

We were visiting in February 2016, it was a little cold and overcast, but the sea air was wonderful, blowing away all the cobwebs and making you feel alive.  I have changed all the photos to b&w, as the sky was so heavy, you could hardly make out the lighthouse.

A little history of the lighthouse….Southwold Lighthouse was built by Trinity House in 1887 as a coastal mark for passing shipping and as a guide for vessels sailing into Southwold Harbour.  Design and planning for the construction of Lighthouse began in 1887 under the supervision of Sir James Douglass, Engineer in Chief to Trinity House. The light is still operational and light is visible for 24 sea miles.  

February 2016