Street Photos – Stamford, Lincolnshire

I love visiting Stamford in Lincolnshire, a beautiful little town, lovely small individual shops, plus a great second hand bookshop, nice eateries and the best bit…..five Medieval churches. ¬†I can never pass by St John’s Church with its amazing roof angels, always hoping for the most spectacular angel photo ever ūüôā ¬† Stamford has now entered another category that I love to photograph ‘ Black & White Street Photographs’ ¬†On our last visit but one, Oct 2017, I thought I would try and get the churches in each view that I took, I got three churches, one brewery and a residential road, not bad.

Hope you all had a lovely Easter Sunday, even if is just a holiday for you…we have had rain, so what’s new ūüôā

Wolla Bank, Coastal Country Park, Lincolnshire

Last August 2016, we took our four little dogs on holiday to the Lincolnshire Coast and they had such fun. ¬†Empty beaches to run and dig in the sand, bark at the horses…….from a distance of course. ¬†This stretch of coast line is called Wolla Bank, a medieval bank built to keep the water out, so people could farm. ¬†It was a beautiful sunny day, a little windy as you will see from Toffee and Eddies photos….but then, thats quite normal for the coast. ¬†

While we were there I had a go at taking some photos of moving horses, not too bad, but much better when they were just standing around, but it was good practise.  Its not as easy as you think, they can get up to quite a speed on the sand.  

Toffee and Eddie found some friends, but were not brave enough to go in the water. ¬†Nancy and Nipper were off running, but the youngest two, have leads on when around other dogs, otherwise we would never see them again…..well we would, but way off in the distance.





Sunday Roof Angel (3) St John the Baptist, Stamford, Lincolnshire (5)

In the beautiful church of St John the Baptist in Stamford, Lincolnshire, there are many different types of angels.  This angel is holding a book with some text on it.  The angel, I think its an angel, and not an apostle, because some of the photos of the same type of angels show tucked in wings, is in the roof of one of the side aisles.

March 2016

Sit a While

From one of the many churches we visit, just a random chair that you might find in any church. ¬†You can sit on the chair if you wish, no ropes across to stop you, as in some stately homes, I know why they do it, but not in this church. ¬†In this church you can sit and enjoy the sunlight ūüôā¬†

Village Sign & Church, St Mary’s, Horncastle, Lincolnshire

The name Horncastle derives from Hurncastre or Hyrnecastre which means ‘fortress or camp in the corner’ and which refers to its position of the town between the rivers Bain and Waring. ¬†I was hoping it meant there was a castle to explore when we visit last year 2016. ¬†I did find out later there are some¬†remaining roman walls…..well nearly a castle. ¬†It does have a very nice church, which could have had a nice interior, but like a lot of¬†other Lincolnshire churches, it was well and truly locked. ¬†I am not sure why, as it was a Sunday afternoon and is situated in the centre of a lovely little town and it was in the summer, I really did think it would be open…… I did feel very disappointed. ¬†Also no church on the village sign, but the weather made up for everything, as it was one of those beautiful sunny Sunday afternoons, where you stroll around and just enjoy the sunshine.

The town was built on a Roman Fort, hence the Roman Soldier on the village sign.  There is also the town square, which was granted a market charter in the 13th century and still has a market twice week.  Also a great annual horse fair, was held every August, which again started in the 13th century, and continued until the last one in 1948.  

The memorial featured on the village sign is Stanhope Memorial.  

A little¬†history about it …….Edward Stanhope MP was born in London in 1840 but became a respected benefactor to Horncastle and its people. So much so that, when he died in 1893, a memorial was erected in the Market Place, leaving residents with a permanent reminder of his generosity. ¬†Today, the Stanhope Memorial, by E. H. Lingen Barker, still dominates the town market place, distinct with its three octagonal steps and moulded plinth. The memorial itself is fashioned from limestone ashlar, red sandstone, pink and grey streaked marble.

I did take a few photos of the church, but its quite a difficult church to capture, hemmed on one side and quite a few trees in the churchyard on the other. The original structure dates back to circa 1250 and all the evidence points to there being an earlier Saxon Minster on the site, and quite possibly, a Roman church before that. The Church also has strong connections with the Lincolnshire rebellion of 1532 against the policies of King Henry VIII.  From what I have read, the interior sounds interesting, but it also sounds like the Victorians, in saving the building from collapsing, might have over restored the medieval remains in 1859-61, by Ewan Christian.  Still I will have to wait and see on the next visit.  The town is also well known for its antique shops, but of course it was Sunday when we visited, so another good reason to revisit.

The Fens & The Wash


People often ask me about where I live and what are the ‘Fens’……really and truly they are large stretches of land, in¬†Lincolnshire, North Cambridgeshire and a little in¬†Norfolk, that are surrounded by drainage ditches, no fences or walls. ¬†A lot of them are reclaimed land and the large cathedrals and abbeys would have been built on small islands of firm ground, before reclamation took place. ¬†The land is flat as far as the eye can see, great swaths of it. ¬†Sometimes when we go out for a drive, in what I call the¬†back waters, away from built up areas, you can go for miles before even seeing another car. ¬†In the photo is one of the many farms that dot the landscape, and the tall¬†chimneys, belong to a brick making factory, way off in the distance. ¬†You either like it or dislike,¬†thank goodness I like it, I love the flatness and the huge skies, but I also love the Scottish Mountains ūüôā

The following photos where taken at the Wash.  Unless you have seen the Wash, you think once you have climbed up on to the old causeway, the part where we go, that you will see the sea.  No, no sea, just marshland for as far as you can see, then the sea.  This is what the Fens were, before they were drained.

The Wash is situated where Norfolk meets Lincolnshire along the North Sea coast. It is a square-shaped estuary, among the largest in the UK.  Inland from the Wash the land is flat, low-lying, and often marshy. This area is the Fens of Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk. The Fens are a large area of drained salt marsh, now a rich fertile home to the extensive arable farms that produce such a rich harvest of grains and vegetables.

Village Sign & Church, Great Gonerby, Lincolnshire

As well as having an amazing church, Great Gonerby in Lincolnshire, has a village sign with a church depicted on it. ¬†It’s quite a colourful sign and was installed in 2002. ¬†The sign is the same both sides, with the church, a highwayman and a school, plus a great many children.

The reason for the children………Gonerby “born and bred” are often¬†referred¬†to locally as “Clockpelters” ¬†Stories tell of villagers pelting the clock in the church tower, installed in 1897, with stones or snowballs. ¬†Mud and stones would be gathered from a nearby pond, now dried up, to pelt the clock. ¬†

The reason for the highwayman……..The Great North Road ran through the village, situated between the steep Gonerby hill to the south and Newark hill to the North. The hills were mentioned in Sir Walter Scott’s “Heart of Midlothian”. The resulting slow stage coach traffic (passage was impossible in bad weather) proved irresistible to highwaymen. Their deeds were so numerous that Great Gonerby had its own court and gallows, and in a Newark inn was displayed a notice warning would-be travellers to remain until the next day if they could not “traverse the Gonerby hills by nightfall.”

The reason for the school…..The only reason I found, in¬†1808, Robert Pelham left a sum of ¬£333, 6 shillings and 8 pence. The annual interest was given to the school, I would think that was quite an income at that time. ¬†The church has not changed, but there is no pond now, and I think the road runs along the side of the church wall and possibly the pond was where there is now a small green, where the village sign now stands.

May 2015 ‘Village Sign & Church’ Category