History

From Landsberg, Bavaria to Interlaken, Switzerland

We arrived home from this years visit to Landsberg, Bavaria, a couple of days ago, but I have been a little busy since then.  We were very lucky, the weather had been glorious, not so good now we are home, but we enjoyed the sun when we were on our visit.  I still have Iceland to post, and then this years visit to Bavaria, we did go to some lovely places.  I am working on the photos for Iceland, but I did find some of 2016’s visit to Landsberg and Interlaken.  We went to Switzerland two years in a row, in 2015 the weather was wonderful, 2016 very cold and mostly wet, but I did find some good weather photos apart from a little rain which sneaked in.  So really just a trip from Landsberg to Interlaken and you will notice how each place differs from the other, but both in their own unique way.

Fitton Oake, Elizabethan House, Wiggenhall St Germans, Near Kings Lynn In Norfolk

 

We have had another beautiful day in Landsberg, Bavaria, that makes 3 days in a row, wonder if it can make 4 🙂 Visited a monastery, a famous castle and drove into Austria, with wonderful mountain scenery, so lots to post about later when we are home.    

But this post is one I found in my photo library …….A couple of years ago, 2016, we went to buy some bathroom tiles, and where we bought them from, was a shop attached to an Elizabethan House.  The shop is now quite large, and when we returned to choose some kitchen tiles last year, I showed an interest in the house.  Having shown my interest, a nice lady disappeared and then returned with some photos of how the house had looked when the owners had bought it, before they had restored it.  How I would have loved to have taken photos of the building then, even just to have viewed it.  I think its dates  from 1577, I can’t see to find out much about the building, but it was just wonderful to see the photos.  I did mention at the time that I would use the photos in a post and the lady was agreeable to me using them.  Looking at the photos, the first four are the ones shown to me, and then two that I took on our visit, the view you can see from one of the shop windows.

 

Iceland Cruise 8 – Sailing into Tórshavn, The Faroe Islands

Finally on our cruise to Iceland, March 2018, we arrived at Tórshavn, The Faroe Islands, I was so excited, I got up really early to watch the ship enter the port, so I could take some photos.  What I had not expected was the snow, I’m not sure why I hadn’t, as when we had left the UK it was still snowing.  But it did look wonderful, especially the wonderful coloured painted house with the white roofs.  It was also very cold, so I was glad I had my three layers on, plus hat, gloves and scarves, but it did warm up during the day.  We visited an island, a sea shore village and a wonderful church, plus on the way back to Tórshavn, we went up and over a very snow-covered hill, so we could see a birds eye view of Tórshavn.  Posts will follow shortly, this post is our early hour arrival into port.

 

Killerton House, Broadclyst, Exeter, Devon

Killerton House in Broadclyst near Exeter in Devon is a lovely 18th century Georgian House that we visited in 2016.  I have already posted about the trees in the garden and recently about the chapel, now its the turn of the house……a little late, but I doubt it has changed much.  This is really a visual tour, I have added some details in between the interior photos and the exterior ones.  We did enjoy our visit to this National Trust House and I am just so pleased, that for the last few years you are allow to take flash free photos, so thank you NT.

A little about the house……Killerton is an 18th-century house in Broadclyst, Exeter, Devon, England, which, with its hillside garden and estate, has been owned by the National Trust since 1944 and is open to the public. The National Trust displays the house as a comfortable home. 

The estate covers some 2590 hectares (25.9 km2, 6400 acres).  Included in the Estate is a steep wooded hillside with the remains of an Iron Age Hill fort on top of it, also known as Dolbury which has also yielded evidence of Roman occupation, thought to be a possible fort or marching camp within the Hill fort.

Killerton House itself and the Bear’s Hut summerhouse in the grounds are Grade II* listed buildings.  The gardens are Grade II listed in the National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.

 

St Lawrence Round Tower Church, Beeston St Lawrence, Norfolk (24)

Another of the Round Tower Churches that we visited in January 2017, this one you cannot miss, as it sits beside a main road, and it was a bit tricky parking.  Also the walk back to the church from where we had parked the car, was far from pleasant, as the cars whizzed around the bend before the church.  St Lawrence although not redundant, is not used for services anymore, maybe the decline has something to do with the absence of parking spaces.  Of course prior to automobiles, it wouldn’t have been a problem, you can park a horse more or less anywhere, and people use to walk great distances, thinking nothing of it.  Anyway, after risking life and limb, to my great joy, the the church was open, which was a surprise, because although its situated on a main road, it’s a very isolated place.   

I found this wonderful sign leaning on a wall in the round tower.  It would seem that the lower part of the round tower and part of the west wall is Saxon, and the church attached is 14th to 15th century.  The church has a very peaceful feel, although it’s quite empty really compare to other churches I had visited during that day.  I have read that St Lawrence has become a place of pilgrimage and the visitors book shows a constant succession of strangers seeking sanctuary, and many feel moved to write at great length, some in the hours of darkness by torch light…….not sure that is something I would do. 

I stepped inside, to something of a surprise. In the 18th century, the Preston family of Beeston Hall took it upon themselves to turn this church into their mausoleum, which was re-roofed and redecorated in 1803 by Thomas Hulton, later to become Sir Thomas Preston, 1st Baronet.  This was the kind of thing that was common where a church had strong ties with a Hall, especially in a tiny village, which Beeston had always been.  They are not large memorials, but there are some interesting grave slabs and a table tomb, that are worth a read.

A little history of the village….. The village of Beeston, which the church served, was an ancient one being listed in the Doomsday Book as “Besetuna.” It survived into the 18th century but has since disappeared and is numbered among the 130 or so “lost villages” of Norfolk. At the time of the Doomsday survey (1085) the land at Beeston belonged to the great Benedictine Abbey at Cowholme on the Broads, founded by King Canute in 1034 and now a scanty ruin…….. I think the ruins of the abbey at Cowholme is St Benet’s Abbey which was originally founded on an island called Cowholme.

 

St Helens Church, City of York, Yorkshire

The City of York, in Yorkshire, is full of Medieval churches, although some are now used for other purposes, but you can visit most of them.  On our trips to York, I try to visit a few each time, unfortunately for me, taking photos, the city is always full of tourists.  On this occasion visiting St Helens in Stonegate, was nearly empty.  St Helens main feature is its medieval glass.

 

A little history…..The first written record of the church comes from the 12th century, but it seems very probable that the earliest part of the present building dates to the late Saxon period.  The oldest obvious feature is the font, which dates to the middle of the 12th century and is set on an upside-down 13th century capital.  The font is beautifully carved with traditional Norman patterns.  There is also quite a bit of 12th and 13th century stonework, but much of what we see today is the result of extensive 14th and 15th century rebuilding.  The south arcade is 14th century.

In the late middle ages, York had a number of glass painters based in Stonegate, as St Helen was their parish church, it is likely that the church contained a significant amount of decorative glass, of which the only remainder today is the west window, much of which is medieval.  Since the church was rebuilt during the brief Catholic restoration under Mary I, efforts would have been made to retain the glass, and York escaped the deliberate destruction of idolatrous images in the sixteenth and especially seventeenth centuries which led directly to the loss of most of the medieval glass in churches in the rest of England.

 

Castle Tioram, Eilean Tioram Island, Scotland

Last years holiday to Scotland in 2017, was mostly a wash out, but we did have a few nice days and on one of these we came across Castle Tioram, sitting on the tidal island of Eilean Tioram.

Castle Tioram is a ruined castle that sits on the tidal island Eilean Tioram in Loch Moidart, Lochaber, Highland, Scotland.  It is located west of Acharacle, approximately 80 km from Fort William.  You find it down a two mile bumpy single track road, but it is worth it.

We parked the car in the sandy carpark and walked across the sandbar causeway, you should watch the tide, but I should think it would be ok unless it was a very high tide, but its better to be on the safe side.  We started to climb the grassy slope up to the castle gate.  There had only been another couple, but they disappeared, so we were quite alone.  We came to the gate, which was broken, the door was swung open, the following photo shows the gate from the inside……yes we went in, we should not have, as it is very dangerous, but we did.  I think going into this castle is the closest I have been to a castle that had has not really been changed in hundreds of years.  The owner wants to turn it into a house, which would be a terrible mistake, it needs to be consolidated and open to the public, its a little gem of history.

The origins of the structure you can see today, date back to the building of a castle at some point in the 1200s.  This would have comprised a curtain wall, following the irregular plan still evident, though probably of rather lower height as there is evidence of the walls being heightened later in the castle’s life. Access was by the barrel vaulted gateway which remains the only entrance today.  Over the following four centuries, Castle Tioram was altered and added to many times, but most of these changes affected the interior accommodation, with the result that the basic shape of the castle today would still be recognised by its original builders, some eight hundred years ago.

The castle courtyard is on two levels and is heavily over grown. 

Castle Tioram was recorded as being in a poor condition when occupied by a garrison of 14 government troops during the 1715 Jacobite uprising.

The following are photos of the interior, which is not very safe, and I stayed outside trying to imagine what it would have been like about 800 years ago.  Work was carried on consolidating the castle in the second half of the 1800s by the neighbouring estate and again in 1926, but one can’t help, but feel not enough was done.  In 1997 it was sold and that brings us back to changing the castle into a house…..I do hope not, but something does need to be done, if the castle is not to fall into the sea.