Friday, 23 February 2018

A Tale of Two churches

Two of Essex's best churches are only 5 miles a part but in size and scale are miles a part.

The Churches Conservation Trust church of St Mary's Chickney is small and is about isolation and atmosphere....


St John's Thaxted is all about Grandeur

Both are worth a visit!

Saturday, 17 February 2018


Today the weather was glorious and I went for a stroll around Lavenham.

During WWII Lavenham was not the picture postcard village it is today, lots of the buildings were run down and so it is lovely to visit now and see them looking so well cared for. Today some may consider Lavenham too "commercialised". Yes there are lots of tea rooms, antiques shops, touristy shops, fashionable pubs/hotels alongside the lovely well maintained old buildings (including the Guildhall, Little Hall, Church etc) but it also has the shops and facilities you need for day to day life and as well it does seem to have a social life you don't get in bigger towns.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

I am late!

Unfortunately my Dad spent most of January and the first few days of February in Hospital so I hope anyone still out there will appreciate  that photography has not really been on my mind.

Here are a couple of pics I took at Wimpole last year.

This House Sparrow was very posy.

Saturday, 30 December 2017


And so 2017 comes to an end.... here are a couple of pictures from Thaxted taken on a Boxing day stroll.

John Webb's windmill built in 1804. It is a long a path by the church

 The church. One of the finest in Essex.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Canons Ashby

Canons Ashby  gets its name from the Augustinian priory which was founded in the 12th century. A small fraction of the monastic church survives. In 1551 it became the private chapel of the Dryden family who unusually kept the church open as a parish church.

Canons Ashby house was built in about 1550 by the Dryden family with additions in the 1590s, in the 1630s and 1710. It is largely unchanged since 1710. It has many Elizabethan and Jacobean features.

I ought to add it is one of my favourite properties. It has charm.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Croome & Middle Littleton Tithe Barn

Croome was built by the Earl's of Coventry.

The estate has had a chequered recent history... after WWII the Croome Estate Trust sold the house and 38 acres to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Birmingham. From 1979 to 84 it was leased to the Hare Krishna movement eventually it was purchased by the Croome House trust in 2007 and is now leased to the National Trust (the Trust owns the park). There is a walled garden which I never got to today.

The House was stripped of most of its contents.

The park was designed by Lancelot Capability Brown. Since I first visited the whole estate has much improved/restored!

Tthe visitors centre is unusual, in 1941 part of the park was transformed into RAF Defford and the visitors centre is the old RAF Medical buildings. Defford was used to test radar and Defford was the place the first automated landing took place.

I had never heard of Middle Littleton Tithebarn and from the road you'd be pushed to known it existed (very modest concealed sign) I knew it was there as they have a twitter account.

It was built in either the 13th or 14th century. It was supposedly built in 1376 by Abbot Ombersley of Evesham Abbey but a radiocarbon date suggested 1250. Whatever this is a seriously impressive building.