Friday, 1 September 2017

St Mawes & Padstow

A few pics from St Mawes a village on the Roseland Peninsula in Cornwall. Obviously tourism plays a big part it hasn't become too over commercialised

St Mawes castle in the care of English Heritage.... there is a "twin" across the river Fal in Falmouth which I will visit next time I'm in Cornwall.

On another day I went to Padstow. I first visited in 1982 and it was a lovely place. Today it has become famous as the home of celebrity chef Rick Stein as is known as Padstein. As much as I like his TV programmes I'm not sure I approve of the changes to Padstow. It has become overly commercialised with the lovely higgle piggedy book shop going  (I bought the Foundation Trilogy here as well as the first two volumes of Julian May's Saga of the Pliocene Exiles) as well as the small cinema I saw the Wrath of Khan in in 1982!!  I'm sure it has brought in jobs and money but at the cost of a bit of charm,

Monday, 28 August 2017

Boscastle & Tintagel

A few more from my June Holiday in Cornwall.

Boscastle is famous for the flood of 2004...... on a beautiful summers day it was hard to imagine the torrrents of water. It is a fishing port but I imagine it makes most of its money from tourism. Much of the land is owned by the National Trust and there was a tea room for me to tick off!!

I was with my friend Jan and on one of the hottest days of the year I suggested going to Tintagel Castle!! Why the !! becuase it is a top of flipping great cliff!!

Tintagel is famed in legend as the place King Arthur was conceived.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

The ruined Abbeys & Priories of Yorkshire

I've just spent a rather enjoyable week in Yorkshire and I managed to visit 5 ruined Abbeys.

Whenever I walk around these places I can't help but what to see there before the dissolution.

Fountains Abbey was a Cistercian Monastery founded in 1132. Today it is in the care of the National Trust and a world heritage site.

Mount Grace Priory was a Carthusian Priory founded in 1398. Carthusian's live as hermits and each have their own cell (more like a small house). Today it is owned by the National Trust and in the care of English Heritage.

Kirkham priory was an Augustinian house founded in the 1120s by Walter l'Espec, lord of nearby Helmsley, who also built Rievaulx Abbey. This lancet at the east end of the church shows you how impressive this must once have been. When I looked at it I couldn't help but think of the many great churches we lost at the reformation. Can you imagine 600 years time seeing great churches like Selby, Beverley, Chirstchuch Priory and Tewkesbury as ruins?

Rievaulx is another Cistercian Abbey founded in 1132

Byland Abbey was a Savigniac foundation and was originally founded in 1135. It had a troubled start having to move 5 times. At one point it was at Old Byland which is near Rievaulx but Savingnac's and Cistercian's had services at different times and the bells were rung at different times and the monks never knew who was being called to service so it moved. Amusingly the Saviginiac's were absorbed into the Cistercian's and Rievaulx helped Byland establish itself at New Byland.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017


Last month I was in Cornwall and had a visit to the Botallack mine. It is famous as the place where the Poldark series is formed.