Sunday, June 14, 2015

Trip part 2: architecture

One of the many delights of the past week was the architecture, and especially vernacular styles.  Of course there seems to be a fundamental principle that the most attractive examples are seen when driving through the narrowest of villages and hamlets with seemingly nowhere legitimate to pause to take photographs!  But the viewing en passant gave us great pleasure.  And of course June is a month when so many gardens are at their best.  The most frequently seen plant in flower was red valerian.
The village of Burnham Market was close to where we were staying, so early one morning we went for a stroll round the square.  The snaps above were all from there.  A great deal of the area is gentrified now, but very much in keeping with original styles.  I was lucky enough to find a book on the subject, entitled The East Anglian Cottage
Flint with lime mortar was commonly seen, with brick edging, and sometimes front.  The flint was sometimes knapped, as in this wall in Burnham Market,
or in whole pebbles as in the wall behind the seat in Cley-next-the-sea.
Sometimes large chunks of chalk were used, as seen at the base of the wall pictured below, if that was the most plentiful material.
There were many curved walls, and I realise now that I did not take a photo of any - but I did snap this lovely church tower: St Mary's in Burnham Deepdale.
Apart from the cottages, there are of course many windmills.  Again we were fortunate to have a working windmill which could be climbed, in Great Bircham, just down the road from where we were.
My knackered knees saved me from this extraordinary effort, so Nigel had the pleasure of the view here, as well as from the viewing platform on the Green Britain Centre wind turbine at Swaffam - from where he saw Ely Cathedral, to the South over 30 miles away.  We were delighted by many other windmills, including the one at Cley.

Architecture to be continued ....

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