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.


St Mary The Virgin Church, Axminster, Devon

On holiday in Devon last year, on a lovely sunny day, we visited the large listed grade II parish church of St Mary in the heart of Axminster, Devon.   This is a lovely interesting church, but I found it very difficult to take photos of the interior, I like to take wide shots of the Chanel and Nave, but found it almost impossible to do so, as the lovely side aisles take up the room.  There is some nice stain glass windows and an especially beautiful one, of the Nativity, which I posted about last Christmas.  

A little history……The church is of Norman origin, though only a Norman doorway survives.  The church had been added to over the centuries, the piers of the crossing and the west parts of the chancel are early 13th century.  The Chancel south aisle 1480 with the reset Norman doorway, the North aisle and porch 1525 -30 and early 14th century stepped group of sedilia and piscina in chancel.  There is an octagonal pulpit of 1633, a brass candelabra of 1750.  The south aisle was built in 1800 and the pews are 19th century.  In 1870 carved angels replaced capitals of north arcade, so quite a few centuries to explore in this grade II listed building.





St Nicholas’ Chapel in King’s Lynn, Norfolk

After posting St Mary’s Church in Rougham and the restoration of the north aisle, I remembered that I had taken some photos of the restoration of St Nicholas’ Chapel, the country’s largest chapel of ease, in King’s Lynn.  The building had some conservation and regeneration repairs carried out and was reopened in 2015.

A little information…..The project was developed to save the building from further deterioration. As well as re-roofing of the building to preserve the incredible carved angels beneath it, the restoration work included the installation of solar panels on the roof, and new facilities which has renewed life in the chapel which now hosts a variety of cultural events such as concerts, fairs and exhibitions, as well as a learning programme that opens up the stories of the medieval consistory court and the lives of the King’s Lynn community.