Cirencester, South Cerney, Shorncote, rainbows and a wedding!

 

 

 

This was actually taken last Sunday at my local parish church.

 

 

 

 

Now for yesterday's meanderings. 

 

18th century folly on the Bathurst estate near Cirencester.

 

 

 

 

 

One of several manor houses in South Cerney

 

 

 

Typical Cotswold stone house.

 

All Hallows church, South Cerney founded in1150.

 

Classic Norman arch

 

Saxon carving

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for waiting, RR! 

 

 

 

Medieval sundial

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It had rained while I was in the church so I was greeted by this glorious double rainbow when I emerged.

 

 

 

And on to All Saint's in Shorncote.  Built in 1170 it has later 14th century additions.

 

 

 

Norman Font.

 

Lined with lead.

 

18th century reading desk.

 

 

Hello, someone's put their foot in it! 

 

 

 

Hidden in a side room is this ancient bier for carrying coffins.

 

Time to leave.  When I arrived it was lovely and sunny.   

 

Oh well, I guess this IS England! 

 

And on to Kemble. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With its strange looking squat tower and slim spire.  A church has stood here since 682 and the present church built in 1100.  The spire was added in 1380. 

 

 

 

 

 

1656 memorial.

 

Portion of ancient ironwork.

 

 

 

And on through the Cotswold water park. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Wild Duck pub at Ewen.  16th century and an amazing maze of low wooden beams and small rooms inside. 

 

The very interesting clock which lights up at night. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And finally to Cirencester, in Roman times called Corinium Dobunorum.  It was the capital of England and its second largest town.  

 

St John the Baptist church, the largest parish church in England and one of the most beautiful.  Built in the 12th century with a tower being added in 1400 it has a unique 3 storey fan vaulted porch.  This was built in 1500 as a business centre and is still used by the parish council for meetings. 

 

 

The humour of the medieval mason!

 

Part of the fan vaulted roof.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The rare 1450 pulpit in a finely worked wine glass design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local layabout! 

 

Now the 231 steps up to the roof were just not possible for me to cope with due to their very steep and narrow nature so I grabbed a passing Canadian, instructed him on how to use the camera and sent him on his way!  And a fine job he did too.  I sat and talked to the lovely and enchanting Lynn, the keeper of the tower for the day!  

 

High street on market day. 

 

Looking across town to Cirencester park, home of Earl Bathurst.

 

 

 

Back down to earth!  The13th century font.

 

 

 

The massive pillars of the nave. 

 

 

 

Some of the ancient brasses dating back to the 15th century.  These would have been set into the floor and walls and now removed for safety

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tomb of Humphrey bridges - - - -

- - - - and his wife and eleven children!

 

 

Not easy to see due to reflections but this is part of a 15th century vestment of the highest quality. 

 

 

 

 

A fine restaurant and brasserie just opposite the church. 

 

On my way home I passed this antique car in Lechlade! 

 

 I think this sky sums up the day - a mixture of rain and sun.

 

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