Just off the road between Newport Pagnell and Northampton, this old stone bridge designed by Sir John Soane in 1793, has a Grade I Historic Places listing. Obviously never designed for cars, it is used for motor traffic. A bridge between past and present?
Not so much short as teeny against The Angel of the North. Photo: Su Leslie 2013
I’d wanted to see the Angel of the North for such a long time that it was a reason in itself to spend a couple of nights in Gateshead.
My hotel experience there was less than wonderful (10 Things Tuesday: little things that I’ll remember about being in the UK) so I was short in temper by the time I got to the Angel. Despite this, and the overcast weather, I couldn’t help but be awestruck and cheered by this wonderful sculpture. It’s location is so mundane – on the edge of a housing estate in a layby off the A167 – and so magnificently appropriate.
Along the fence marking the Angel’s site off from surrounding land, people have placed balloons, cards, flowers and other tributes of dead friends and relatives. I’ve seen similar things at the site of road crashes, but I really loved the way these seemed to be asking that The Angel watch over their loved ones.
I only spent a short time at The Angel of the North; but it was time well-spent.
This post was written for the Travel Theme at Where’s my backpack? You can see Ailsa’s original post here, or click on some of the other “short” posts I’ve enjoyed:
The view from my bedroom window. Gayhurst House, Buckinghamshire, 1998.
Sue’s Word of the Week is roof, and – well I just couldn’t resist. This really was the view from the flat I lived in in Gayhurst House, near Newport Pagnell in England.
I’ve blogged about Gayhurst elsewhere, so I’ll be brief here. The building in the picture was originally a servant’s toilet block, constructed in the 1840s by a former tenant of Gayhurst, Lord Carrington. Somewhat eccentric, Carrington was apparently obsessed with plumbing. This led to the installation of an unexpectedly large (for the time) number of toilets around the house including this – highly unusual one for his male servants. A History of Gayhurst describes it thus:
… the male servants were provided with a remarkable five-seater lavatory in a circular building which still stands behind the house, surmounted by a carved figure of Cerberus, the three-headed dog that guards the gates of Hades.
This building is now fully attached to the main house and is the living room of one of the apartments.