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?
Wordless Wednesday is a prompt used by bloggers to sum up their day. Here are some that I’ve enjoyed recently:
Churches have long been regarded as a place of sanctuary; once inside people felt they should be safe.
In medieval England, common law recognised the right of those seeking asylum to receive it within a church. Outer doors were fitted with special sanctuary knockers, the theory being that anyone who touched the knocker would be afforded asylum from pursuit for up to 37 days.
This sanctuary knocker, attached to the north door of Durham Cathedral, represented safety and respite for those who required it — inside both the fabric and institution of the Church.
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.
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.
Thanks to Sue Llewellyn at A Word in your Ear.
Here are a few other roofs I like: