Friday, 30 January 2009


~

I know that many of you like to see doorways and this unusual entrance is at All Saints Church. It may date from before the 15th century.

~

~
I had to chuckle at this notice on St Mary's Church. It's dated June 1819. I wonder if the church is now respoonsible for the upkeep of the road within this thirteen foot space? They may be wishing today that their ownership wasn't so obviously displayed! Funnily enough on the other corner of the building the church only lays claim to seven feet of ground!

~

~
This was actually the main reason for the coach coming to Stamford, the weekly street market. This is Broad Street where bulls were run until the 18th century. The tower in the distance on the right hand side is part of Brownes' Hospital which are actually more mediaeval Almshouses for the elderly poor and which are still used as such today. It's a beautiful building which looks more like a church.
~

~
On the way back to the bus station is this new sculpture. It is a modern version of the Eleanor Cross and has caused a lot of controversy within the town. The sculpture is covered in roses and is very striking. Pupils at the local secondary school have written haiku poems and the words have been cast in bronze discs which are set into the surrounding benches and on the ground.

Posted by Picasa

1 comment:

Helena said...

Hmmmm well I can see why they might protest, it being such a traditional type of place! :) What happened to the original cross? Had it gone completely? I know a couple of the Eleanor Crosses have lost their arms, so just the vertical remains.

I know Stamford!!!! My eldest sibling was based near Edith Weston whilst in the RAF and said that Stamford was their nearest big town. I remember the coach stopping there when I went up to see them. I was 14 :)