Saturday, 28 August 2010

Alleyway wander #2

Here are a few more of the alleyways of Nottingham city centre. I was planning to save them up until I found a few more... but I struggling to find any new ones.

Un-named alleyway, Hockley.

Hurt's Yard.

Newcastle Chambers.

Peck Lane.

Poultry Arcade.

Weekday Cross.

That is all. If you know of any others, please let me know.


Tuesday, 24 August 2010


Finally, I have some time available to catch up on my Wander blogs. First up – the “historic town of Ludlow” as it’s always described. I wish I’d photographed the driver of the Park’n’Ride bus, who entertained us with hilarious observations about the town and it’s denizens as we passed. He dropped us off in the market square, clos to this (remember you can click the picture to see a bigger version and check what the passageway is called). DSCF1177

Note the black uneven cobblestones – and why is there a bricked in door above the passageway? I have no idea. Through the passageway are Art Galleries and caf├ęs. Ludlow retains a lot of its old buildings and streets-DSCF1179DSCF1182 DSCF1186

DSCF1185Looking in a bit more detail, as we always do on a #wander, I found this pub sign a little disturbing – I think it’s the expression on the bull’s face. I couldn’t find anything to suggest what the actual Bull Ring might originally have been, but this pub apparently dates back to the 14th Century.



I was also intrigued by the bendy windows on this furniture restorers. Wonder if they have to pay the window cleaner extra?





More wonderfully ornate windows and decoration – do you think the bloke in the second photo looks a bit familiar?DSCF1191DSCF1192 Moving on, I was delighted to find a proper old hardware shop – Rickards, I think it is called – and it is wonderful! Look; it has wooden drawers for different types of nail and screw and washer. It also had an elderly gentleman in a long coat who politely served me with a roll of insulating tape. How many of you thought “Four Candles” when you saw this? Just me then…DSCF1195

Thom would have a field day here, as there are a lot of passageways and alleys-DSCF1197

… and more old buildings than you could shake a stick at (if that’s your idea of a good time).DSCF1199

Let’s toddle off to the castle now – oh yes, there’s a hoofing great castle, too, guarded by a cannon… and a water fountain. Tried to think of a joke about huge water-pistols to go in here, but couldn’t #humourfailDSCF1201 DSCF1248









The castle has the largest tickets I’ve ever seen.DSCF1205

I liked this beautiful old tree.DSCF1207

Some detail from around the castle, before we get on to a couple of wider shots -


These coats of arms and inscriptions were erected in 1581. The lower coat of arms belongs to Sir Henry Sidney, and is surrounded by the garter. Above this coat of arms is the Sidney crest which shows a chained porcupine (!!). The latin inscription reads:

Hominibus Ingratis Loqvimini Lapides  -  "To ungrateful men we stones do speak" DSCF1216

I liked this little window partly because of the view of typically English countryside, and partly because of the extremely old wooden sill and lintel. They show the marks of centuries passing. And I liked these arches cos the middle pillar has Kermit on top of it.DSCF1217

Here’s a poor bloke – or is it a woman? – who’s lost his nose. How does he smell, I wonder?DSCF1236

I liked this angled shot as it shows several levels of the castle, as well as some attractive flora which has taken hold.DSCF1225

Here’s a shot from the top of the keep, where it was VERY windy -DSCF1242

Time for a sit down and a chance to investigate our seemingly appropriate purchase from the Oxfam shop -DSCF1238



There were pigeons everywhere – can you spot two in this photo?




Here’s a panorama from the top of the keep (click to enlarge, as usual) -DSCF1243

And here’s a more conventional view of the town from up there. You can you see the Market Square, with the narrow streets beyond, and in the distance the green hills.DSCF1245

Finally, I really wanted to buy this for Thom from the castle shop, but it was £18.50.DSCF1204

Sunday, 22 August 2010

A Towneley Wander

On a recent family outing in Burnley, we decided to visit Towneley Hall.

As you can see, a little person was very keen to get in ahead of me.

Whenever I come here, I like to visit the Long Gallery - preferably alone. It smells of furniture polish, and feels very old.

A shout from the ground floor informed me that a little person was on his way up to join me. I have a real soft spot for this cantilever staircase - and the little person, of course.

The rooms off the Long Gallery look anything but inviting - and this bed doesn't look especially comfortable.

The view from upstairs.

Part of a display of old furniture... 300+ year old furniture.

The view from the other end.

This is General Scarlett. He led the Charge of the Heavy Brigade. It was on the same day as the Charge of the Light Brigade, just as foolhardy, but rather more successful.

Below stairs, the kitchen.

..and a dining room. Note the little person.

In the Egyptian room, the best caption ever.

And outside again. The different windows show the different ages of parts of the house.

This small, curious doorway is apparently made of two halves of a fireplace.

The ornamental gardens are always spotless.

Another doorway for #wander doorway fans.

The Towneley Cenotaph - an amazing piece of sculpture.

The kids loved the hall and grounds.