Midsummer and the return of the Classic Car and Bike Show in Bourne. Last year there was some doubt over the continuance of the show, but thankfully a new team of organizers stepped forward and this year's show was bigger, spreading into the town itself, ith West St closed to traffic. Nice too to have the grounds of the Red Hall used for an event. It was perhaps, however, a little brasher than last year with a stage and amplified music. Not sure that that's a development I entirely welcome. Still everybody seemed to be having a great time and that can only be an encouragement for next year. Here are a random selection of vehicles that attracted my lens.
Wednesday, 22 June 2016
Saturday, 18 June 2016
Thursday, 16 June 2016
The interior of the cathedral is dim and cavernous. The furniture and decoration which are mainly mid-Victorian have an astounding richness and opulence - encaustic tiles, marble, mosaic, metal-work and gilding - and are the work of George Gilbert Scott. The sort of work that earned the opprobrium of later architecture critics such as Alec Clifton Taylor who hated it all, and longed for its removal as had by then happened at Salisbury. There is work too by that master of Late Gothic Revival George Frederick Bodley. Amongst the many tombs and monuments are two royal burials: King John and Prince Arthur (the eldest son of Henry VII).
Wednesday, 15 June 2016
Over to Worcestershire on Monday to visit family. Yesterday we drove over to Worcester for the day. Our first port-of-call was the Cathedral. I won't bore with a history of the building - it's very long and very complex. Here, instead, is what took my fancy, starting with the close and exterior (nearly all Victorian and later stonework - the Cathedral is built of a highly friable sandstone). I think it is a mistake to think that all English cathedrals are surrounded by wide lawns in the manner of Salisbury. Worcester is quite hemmed in with buildings and was more so in the Middle Ages, with a parish church, bell-tower and charnel chapel on the north and the the monastic buildings on the south. Damage was done to the north end of the close in the 19th century when a road was pushed through, and in the 1960s the medieval Lychgate (the entrance to the close for funerals) was demolished for a new dual carriageway and redevelopment. Here's what's left, with a couple of views of streets just outside the close.