BT Tower, London

To me the BT Tower will always be the Post Office Tower, mainly because an uncle took myself, and my younger brother up in the lift to the top, in 1966 just after it opened in October 1965.  This really was quite scary, the lift went from the top to the bottom and then bounced back up two levels and then back down with a thud…….have never felt the same about lifts since.  But I have always thought it was an amazing building, and still is.   There is to me, something very space like about it, like a rocket about to take off. 

I took some photos in 2016 and forgot about them, but while sorting I have just come across them, and thought that I would look a little into the history.  The BT Tower, formerly known as the Post Office Tower, was opened to the public in 1966, despite construction having been completed in July 1964.

The British Telecom Communication Tower in London’s West End was the first purpose-built tower to transmit high frequency radio waves, and it serves as a functional telecommunications centre designed to relay broadcast, Internet and telephone information around the world.

Costing £2 million to construct, the 189m (620ft) cylindrical tall tower is made from 13,000 tonnes of concrete, steel and glass, and at the time of opening was the tallest building in London. It’s shape was designed to reduce wind resistance and gave it stability and style.

The Lower Lighthouse, Isle of Portland, Dorset

A few weeks ago we visited the Isle of Portland, in Dorset, as I wanted to see the Lighthouse at Portland Bill.  I had a lovely surprise as there were three lighthouses, this lighthouse, the lower light, the higher light and the current tower light and whats more, not a rain drop in sight.  I will post about each of them for my ‘Lighthouse Categories’.  

The first lower lighthouse was opened on 29.09.1716, but has been rebuilt several times.  The one we visited was built in 1869, although it has not been used as a lighthouse since 1906.  The reason you can visit, on site as there is a wonderful bookshop, on all things birds, as the tower is now a bird observatory and field centre, also holiday accommodation.  After decommissioning, the lamp room was removed and there is now an observation room.  After visiting the bookshop and with a couple of books in tow, I had a quick look inside the hall of the lighthouse and I was so glad I did, as on the wall there were several photos of the lighthouse during its life span.  So of course I took some photos of them, its not often you get to see the life of a lighthouse, and it was so interesting to see them.

This is how the lighthouse would have looked with the original lamp room.

The lighthouse as a tea room after the Great War.



The following are some of my photos that I changed to black & white.

Before I go, just a quick holiday up date, we were going to be in France for two weeks, but in the end it was only one, after our stay in Albi and visiting the wonderful Cathedral, the next day on our way to our next stop, we had a phone call.  Our Kennels phoned us to say that Nipper was very very ill, his diabetes had taken a turn for the worse and he was in the Vets.  Then the Vets phoned to say that he had acid in his blood again and his sugar levels were off the scale, and there was the possibly that he might not make it.  Twice we have lost dogs when we have been away, its so horrible not to be able to see them before they go.  My husband drove over a 1,000 miles, we couldn’t get on the train for the tunnel at 12.30pm, and next slot would be 8.30am next morning, so we drove to the ferry and got straight on the boat.  We got to the Vets at 8.30 am and amazingly he had stabilised, we took him home in the afternoon and that was on Monday and at the moment he is doing well.  They have increased his insulin, so fingers crossed it will make him a lot better 🙂


St Leonards Church, Bursledon, Hampshire

Today 13.09.17, in the South of France, it was another beautiful hot day.  We went along the coast to Nice and Monaco, visited a few places on the coast and then popped over to Italy, and then made our way up into the French Alps.  Found a lovely Alpine Town with a wonderful church, which I will post about when the laptop is better.  So, as I can’t post about the lovely churches I have visited in France, I found an English one that I can.

St Leonards Church is in Bursledon, a village in Hampshire, on the south coast of England.  We were visiting Hampshire back in July and on the way home stopped for something to eat in Bursledon, when I noticed the church.  It was about 7.00 pm, so I knew it would be locked, but it’s such a pretty church I took photos anyway, as goodness knows when we will be passing again.  

A little history…..

The church in Bursledon can trace its history back to the last half of the twelfth century.

All churches can be given a ‘date’ by the styles of architecture they contain: St. Leonard’s has features that seem to confirm that it was indeed founded in the later twelfth century. The simple elegance of the Chancel Arch, dividing the nave from the raised area at the east end of the church, is of early English style and can be dated to 1190-1300. The font is perhaps earlier and, although unfinished and retooled in places, it is of transitional style dateable to 1160-1190.

The blocked doorways in the nave, presumably once the main access points for monks and congregation before the Victorian extension, date to the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. The small lancet window in the chancel, although restored in 1888-9 is of a thirteenth-century design.

In the 1830′s St. Leonard’s had two transepts added, making a cross-shaped church in plan. However, these proved unsatisfactory and in 1888-9 the church was extensively re-modelled. There is a brass plaque in the nave detailing the work that the architect, John Sedding, carried out. It seems that Sedding kept what was best about the old church and sensitively extended the nave and replaced the transepts, to accommodate the growing population of Bursledon.




Inveraray Castle, Scotland

This is the view of Inveraray Castle, that you see from the bridge on the road into Inveraray.   For some reason we have yet to visit, even on holiday last year 2016 it didn’t happen.  So for the moment its just the exterior, and in black and white, because it was a grey day and the castle is grey/green …… so it just got lost in colour.  

A little history…The castle was built on a rectangular plan with a sturdy crenellated tower at the centre and circular towers at each corner. The new house bristles with mock-military features including turrets, moats, and slit windows. To provide an uninterrupted view from the castle, the entire burgh of Inveraray was destroyed and rebuilt half a mile away in its current location.   Construction of the castle began in 1743 but took 43 years to complete.

Inveraray, Loch Fyne, Scotland


We have had a very busy week-end, showing some visitors around Norfolk, well a little bit of the North Norfolk coast.  So blogging time has been zero, but I did manage to sort a few photos.  Following is a postcard of Inveraray, Scotland, a small town on the western shores of Loch Fyne and the home to Inveraray Castle, which I still haven’t visited.  There are a mixture of black & white and colour photos, these were taken over two holidays that we had in Scotland last year, 2016.  We have passed through the town so many times, if it’s sunny we stop, if it’s raining, then on we drive, but this is the first post about this really interesting little town.

Established in 1745 by the 3rd Duke of Argyll, head of the powerful Clan Campbell, the town is an absolute set piece of Scottish Georgian architecture. Key buildings that are worth visiting include the neoclassical church, and Inveraray Jail and courthouse, now an award-winning museum that graphically recounts prison conditions from medieval times up until the 19th century.

Kilmartin Museum, Kilmartin, Scotland

After we had visited Kilmartin Churchyard and Church, Scotland (I have yet to post) in 2016, we visited the Museum.  The Museum collects and cares for all of the archaeological objects that are found, by chance or excavation in Mid Argyll.   This is really only a taste of what is in the museum, as we were running out of time, but there are a few interesting items that I found.  A little bit about Kilmartin before we go any further …..Kilmartin Glen, in the heart of Mid Argyll, is one of Scotland’s richest prehistoric landscapes. Over 800 historic monuments, cairns, standing stones, stone circles and rock art dating back over 5000 years have been recorded within this area. It just helps to understand why the museum is there.  So the following is just a short trip around the museum.

The above is a copy and the original is in the National Museums of Scotland.  A Carved Slab, Neither Largie North Cairn 4,000 – 1.600 BC….. People may have carved this simple design long before the slab was incorporated into Nether Largie North Cairn.  The below photo from the museum, shows how it was found in 1930, standing upright on the ground surface with the cairn material.

The above stone is again a copy of the Stone Cross, Achadh na Cille, Oibmore, Knapdale 8th-10th centuryAD, which is now in the Glasgow Art Gallery and Museum.  One of seven crosses from this site, three of which are still inlace.  It is not possible to give an exact date for the cross, but the earliest ringed crosses are 8th century.  The early Christian crosses from Mid Argyll vary greatly in style.  The first crosses may have been of wood, or even wattle.  The photo show the front and back view of the cross.

This last photo show a carved limestone cross fragment from Kilbride and this is the original article.  It was found at the thirteenth century chapel of Kilbride, the church of  St Brigit, now a derelict building near Kilmartin.  The cross fragment dates to the 9th century, which indicates there was already an ecclesiastical presence on the site when the chapel was constructed.  The spirals and voluted trumpets of the carving are a common theme in early Christian sculpture.

The above photo was just a quick photo of the cottages across the road from the museum, and generally is of the type of buildings in the village as a whole.

May 2016 – Kilmartin



Lochgilphead War Memorial & Celtic Cross, Loch Fyne, Scotland

We have passed through Lochgilphead, on Loch Fyne, Scotland, quite a few times and I always wonder about the cross at the end of the road, in the above photo you can see it in the distance.  The celtic cross always looks older to me, but it would seem it was erected in 1921.  Although the celtic cross is not of a great age, its still interesting to learn the history and in May 2016, I managed to take some photos from the car as we were passing by.

Some history………The Lochgilphead war memorial is a square pedestal of unusual design with decorative medallions carved with celtic designs and battle honours on the four faces at the upper corners. The pedestal stands on a low circular stepped base and is surmounted by a rustic celtic cross carved in freestone with boss and wheel-head. The commemoration and names of the WWI dead are listed on a bronze panel set into the face of the pedestal. The commemoration and names of the WWII dead are carried on two smaller bronze panels set into the face of two low stone pillars which flank the pedestal.
The monument stands at the junction at the head of the main street, on the sea front overlooking Loch Fyne.
The monument was erected by Glasgow monumental sculptors Messrs. Scott Rae, the daybook entry reads:
Order No. 5805, Lochgilphead, Grey cross, Erected May 1921.