Shrewsbury ~ November 2018 ~ part 2

Today we are going to look at some of the listed buildings in Shrewsbury, most built between the late 14th and late 16th centuries.               Some shots now from the Rollei SL35 with a roll of Kodak Portra in it.           Stay tooned, we’re not done yet ūüôā

Shrewsbury ~ November 2018 ~ part 1

A little break from our North Eastern adventures, as Phil and I went off to Shrewsbury to a model show Phil wanted to attend, and we took an extra day there for me to wander around Shrewsbury and take some photos of course. Shrewsbury is a market town, on the River Severn, 9 miles from the border with Wales.It has a largely unspoilt medieval street plan and over 660 listed buildings, including several examples of timber framing from the 15th and 16th centuries, so I knew it would be a fab place to photograph. The (potted) History Bit Originally the…

Raby Castle ~ August 2018 ~ Interior part 3

EXTERIOR…..PART 1 HERE¬† ¬†PART 2 HERE. ¬† PART 3 HERE INTERIOR…….PART 1 HERE¬†~ Entrance Hall, Chapel, Baron’s Hall. INTERIOR……PART 2 HERE¬†~ Small drawing room, Octagon Room, Dining Room   Today we’ll start in the Blue Bedroom. Guess why it’s called the blue bedroom :). This bedroom was added as a guest bedroom by John Carr in the 18thC and has a Four poster bed which was the marriage bed of the Duke of Cleveland, ¬†It has a handmade bedspread made in Turkey.   Of course servants quarters would not be so swish, but even so, not too bad, The kitchen…

Raby Castle~August 2018~Interior part 2

EXTERIOR…..PART 1 HERE¬† ¬†PART 2 HERE. ¬† PART 3 HERE INTERIOR…….PART 1 HERE¬†~ Entrance Hall, Chapel, Baron’s Hall.   The small drawing room, (which is quite large really) is decorated in the Regency style and has lots of paintings of horses and sporting stuff, but also some decorative bits and bobs. a lovely ornate clock   and an oriental thingy, we see a lot of these in castles and stately homes ~ must have been a thing.   In 1848, the Scottish architect William Burn¬†used castle records to restore and to re-create one of the most striking and instructive interiors…

Raby Castle – August 2018 – Exterior~part 3

Part 1 HERE¬† Part 2 HERE Now the history is out of the way, lets have a few more pictures around the outside of the castle. The south front of the castle has views over the lake   and from the terrace we could also see some of the deer grazing   as we walked up to the castle, looking back we could see the greenhouse and a little cottage perhaps for the groundsman we also saw some more deer in the distance The castle has a huge herd of deer on the estate, which Sophie and I decided to…

Raby Castle ~ August 2018 ~ Exterior~Part 2

Part 1 Here The history bit After the decline of the Nevill Family (see part 1) the castle became the property of the Crown for more than forty-three years before being bought by Henry Vane the Elder. A Member of Parliament and important member of Charles I household, at first his Governor, later his Treasurer, he purchased Raby Castle, Barnard Castle and Estate for ¬£18,000. He chose to make Raby his principal home and de-roofed and removed stone from Barnard Castle to repair and maintain Raby. Old Henry had a long career as a politician, and then (as now I…

Raby Castle -August 2018 – Exterior ~part 1

Raby Castle was one of the highlights of Sophie & I’s outings with cameras. There’ll be a few posts as there’s lots to see, but first The History Bit ** LONG POST ALERT**. ** LONG ATTENTION SPAN REQUIRED ** ** GET A CUPPA FIRST ALERT** Raby castle has been around for about 1000 years, and to be honest, it’s history and that of the Nevill family who are integral to it is BLOODY HUGE quite daunting, though also quite fascinating. This then is a VERY skimmed potted version, which leaves out much and much more. ¬†Any proper historians out there…

St.Mary’s Lighthouse ~ May 2018

After Sophie and I had lunch at the Food Fair, we decided to go up to St.Mary’s lighthouse at Whitley Bay and have a wander around the nature reserve there. The history bit St.Mary’s Island is a very small sandstone island, just off the coast at Whitley Bay. Back in medieval times there was a chapel on the island, and it was dedicated to St.Helen. It’s worth digressing here as St.Helen was an important part of Christian history, being the mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine, who was the main instigator of Christianity throughout Europe. He made his Mum his…

Fraggle Report~St.Albans Cathedral~ May 2018

*Attention span warning*– long post requiring 5 minutes reading ability. ūüėÄ   Back in May, regular¬†readers may remember, Phil and I went down memory lane to ST. Albans in Hertfordshire. Neither of us had ever visited the Cathedral before when we lived and worked there, so we made up for that, new memories :). The History Bit. Maybe. Ok, this is how it goes, give or take the odd legend. ¬†Alban lived in what was known as Verulamium back in the 3rd or 4th century. ( see the post on that HERE). ¬†Around that time, Christians were being persecuted by…