“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.”The freedom to stop where and when you want is an important element but the ability to find something interesting at every stop comes from within. Whether we are in the centre of Manchester or Birmingham, on the outskirts of Tamworth, across the fields from Fleckney or Weedon Bec, Down below Withnell Fold or in the middle of nowhere we always find something interesting.
Let us consider last night as an example. We left Gecko for a walk into the hamlet of Hunton Bridge just after The Archers.
After passing the boat with a cabin made from the rear end of a VW Tournan and the boat we had to resecure, we left the towpath and walked down the main street.
From the bridge (the Hunton Bridge?) we had an elevated view of the old school which is no longer performing that function. And further down the street is what appears to have been a chapel in an earlier life.
The only other curved door I recall is in a civic building in Coventry: I have never before encountered them between me and my pint of Pedigree.
The pub changed hands about a month ago and so far the kitchen has not been recommissioned but the interior is quite interesting.
Not only does it claim to be the only pub in England with curved front doors
I am not sure of the voracity of these claims but the presence of an old range in the saloon bar must be quite rare too.Put all these characteristics together and they may be right to consider themselves unique.
On our way back to Gecko the doors of the chapel were open and we accosted a man taking things into the building. This had indeed been a Free Chapel in an earlier life but now it is the Chapel Stained Glass Studio
Here they both conserve and restore old glass and also create new commissions. We were priviledged to take a look round the workshop. Our guide had just completed a long job at Tower Bridge which he had carried out over many nights because the glass overlooked the road and the risk of anything falling on the highway had to be minimised. The studios have also undertaken work at the house of Commons, Westminster Abbey and many churches and universities.
The window here is from Northampton Catholic Cathedral. In this picture the lead is being removed in preparation of replacement.
This could be any town or village in the country: there really is something interesting everywhere.
|Pope Adrian IV|
|A plaque at Brakespear Farm, Bedmond where Pope Adrian IV was born|