Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Clock This

One clock tower and two times but both correct.  One is reading the sun and the actual time, the other having done its 'spring forward' an hour is showing Summer Time.  The clock dates from 1856 and was made by one of the great clock makers of England, Potts of Leeds. The mechanism was designed by Edmund Beckett (later Lord Grimthorpe) who was also responsible for the rather more famous mechanism that chimes Big Ben in London.
But this particular clock is on the All Saints Church in the market town of Bingley, West Yorkshire. It is thought that a church has stood on this spot since Saxon times but the present gritstone building dates from the Tudor period (15th/16th Century). The tower was added later but then heightened with a new belfry in 1739.  The interior has also been altered through the years but other alterations are going to happen outside in the near future. 
The memorial stones that make up the path to the church (the inscriptions don't show up well in my photograph) are due to go because of health and safety concerns as they get very slippy in wet weather and there have been a number of falls.  I wondered why they were there and discovered that their original place was in the churchyard which was closed in 1904 when a main road was built through it to the east of the church.  There are 145 stones, some on this path 
others surround the church and the steps to the left of this photograph form a layered patio area.
Photo from: All Saints Bingley website
which the church's website shows in appropriately wet weather.  It has not been decided where the old gravestones are going, one idea was to put some in the nearby rose garden which needs some TLC and the rest to be relocated to the municipal cemetery.  In the meantime when work does eventually start they will be put into storage until their ultimate destination is decided but the question is are there really only 145 slabs or as the lawyer that was dealing with the planning application mentioned they may be layered.  A plan of the 145 stones and those inscriptions that could be read have been transcribed and the information put on the church's  website. for the growing number of genealogists.

Here is the Bingley clock mechanism in motion.  Beware for the gentle and mesmerising ticking will change into a startling cacophony as the clock strikes or maybe it was because I had my computer sound on maximum by mistake. I love a chiming clock.

An entry to ABC Wednesday, a journey through the alphabet, this week sojourning at C here      

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Bee Hives

In the corner of the gardens at Sizergh is a notice "Beware busy bees buzzing" and here I found
honey bees flying in and out of two hives.
Like the picture on the notice there was also 
a bird in residence watching the coming and going
of these busy bees on their journeys from flowers to hive.

An entry to ABC Wednesday, a journey through the alphabet, this week sojourning at B here

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Eskdale Art

For the past 23 years St Bega's School in the Lake District has played host to the Eskdale Art Show at the end of May. (The show also raises funds for this small school).  If wanting to buy a picture, painting, prints or crafts this is the place to come, but it is also enjoyable just to browse and be amazed at the variety or art and artists in the area.  After that there will be copious amount of tea and a variety of home made cakes available to be enjoyed while sitting and admiring the surrounding hills.  No need to anguish about the number of calories consumed for there are plenty of walking opportunities in the area whether up hills or ambling by the side of  babbling brooks.

This year the road to the school was populated by small people
 inviting and enticing one along the road.

An entry to ABC Wednesday, a journey through the alphabet, amazingly starting its 19th Round here

Tuesday, 5 July 2016


A kite surfer taking advantage of a breezy day on the Cumbrian coast zipping backwards and forwards
and zooming along past
the sea wall, the wind taking him inshore where
he turned at the end of the beach while those of us ambling along the coastal path or idling on the sands were entertained.

An entry to ABC Wednesday, a journey through the alphabet, this week sojourning at X here