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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