Fairford, Quenington, Coln St Aldwyn and Bibury

 

 

 

But let's start the day off properly with a full English roast beef dinner!

 

 

First to fairford.

 

 

With its magnificent 14th century church

 

 

And its fine collection of stained glass

 

 

One of its 7 medieval windows, the greatest collection in England

 

 

And its tourists, some of the finest in the country! 

 

 

Medival miserichords from around 1460.  World renowned as the best and earliest known.

 

 

 

Tragically one was stolen last year.  The blank piece of oak replaces it.

 

 

At the same time the top middle brass was also stolen.  Very rare, very early and priceless

 

 

Fine tracery from around 1500

 

Bell tower ropes

 

 

Realistically carved lectern.

 

 

The beautifully carved porch

 

And amusing gargoyles

 

Fairford High street

 

 

 

Tranquil duck pond on the edge of town

 

 

And on to Quenington

 

 

With its unique Norman church.

 

 

 

Classic Norman doorway

 

 

 

The main entrance

 

Norman carving 750 years old.

 

1655 brass plaque set into the floor

 

Norman gargoyles and carvings

 

 

Norman font with 1662 cover

 

 

 

On to Coln St Aldwyn

 

 

 

 

 

With its unusual carved arch

 

 

An finally to the jewel in the Cotswold's crown, Bibury

 

This is probably the most famous row of cottages in the world. 

 

 

Right beside this stream

 

 

 

 

And on to the Bibury Court hotel

 

 

 

Built in 1633

 

The stately lounge.  Perfect for a refreshing cup of Earl Grey tea.

 

I wonder how much this would fetch on ebay? 

 

On to Bibury church - right behind the hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

With its magnificent William and Mary carved oak settle

 

 

And finally home!  I made the Victory myself from the plans of the original ship. 

 

 

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