This is a #wander from last summer, as you’ll quickly see since there’s a photo of Ben in here somewhere. Forres is a small town about thirty miles east of Inverness.
There’s lots of stone and impressive monuments on show here. That’s the Tolbooth at the back, and the forty foot high Mercat Cross in front of it. This 1844 structure was erected around the original and the old Mercat Cross of Forres is now at its heart. In the foreground is a streetlamp, showing the effects of the prevailing winds in the High Street.
Also on the High Street is the RBS buiding, which features a tree growing out of the roof.
They don’t make churches like this any more – wonderful carving and impressive stone on the High Street. A plaque notes that the building was used as an Auxiliary Hospital in the Great War.
Across the road we bought chips from Miele’s, which were really good. Ben liked them too.
At first glance, Sheena’s Women’s Lingerie doesn’t seem too interesting (other than the obvious lingerie). Look closely at the chimney, though (pic below), and you’ll see inscribed there two names and a date – “John Young, Marg Elder, 1778”. I’ve tried to find out more on t’internet, but failed. Anybody got any info?
Next up, the spectacular St Laurence Church (photo below) stands on a site which has been used for Christian worship since the middle of the 13th century, when Scots King Alexander III erected a chapel in honour of St Laurence as a memorial to his late wife Margaret. The present building is relatively modern. Its foundation stone was laid on 17th August 1904 and the building was first opened for worship on 28th February 1906
Finally, because I’m a filthy-minded 13-year-old at heart, I couldn’t resist posting a photograph of the street opposite the church, simply because of it’s name. Click on the picture for a closer look – (it’s “Cumming Street” fnarr)