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The House of the Tailor of Gloucester
9 College Court, Gloucester GL1 2NJ
Situated in College Court just a stone's throw from Gloucester Cathedral.
All year Monday-Saturday during shopping hours.
A big warehouse in the historic docks containing five floors of Antiques! Apparently...
I say apparently because actual antiques are few and far between here. Instead it is more like one of those places selling mostly contemporary collectibles mostly of the late 20th century. The most numerous seems to be collectible model cars and football programmes(!?).
Check out the website for an indication of what the dealers sell.
One big bone of contention is that there is a 50p entrance fee to this place - maybe this is the way they make all their money because most of the prices in here seem decidedly expensive with little chance of bargains to be had. Maybe they've priced it that way so they don't lose their collections and hence the reason for people coming here and paying their 50p? ;-)
The well known Gloucester Clockmaker GA baker began trading from an old medieval building at 9 Southgate street in 1882. The existing building dates from 1904. Above the shop frontage an unusual mechanical clock can be seen. This fantastic spectacle was manufactured by Niehus Bros of Bristol. It has five striking Jacks or figures representing England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales that sound the chimes in the notes of A, B, D, and G respectively with father time striking the hours in D.
The Severn Bore
The most famous story concerning the origins of the name of the River Severn dates to around three thousand years ago in 1076BC and the death of Locrinus the King of Loegria (England) in the Island of Albion (Britain). A few years before the Huns, under King Hymyr, invaded Albion and after beating King Albanactus and driving him from the land of Albany (Scotland), set their eyes further south on Loegria. Albanactus and his Brother, Locrinus joined forces and defeated Hymyr. Albanactus took most of the treasures from Hymyr; Locrinus instead took Princess Esyllt, the defeated Kings daughter as his prize, marrying her to be his wife and Queen.
He had, however, already been promised to Guendolen, the daughter of Corneus, King of Cornovii and Waelus (Cornwall). Guendolen was not a beautiful person in looks or demeanour and Corneus took Locrinus' actions as a great insult and raised an army and marched against Locrinus. Locrinus heard of the army's approach and, fearing a battle hid Esyllt and pretended that she had died. Locrinus then 'married' Guendolen under force of Corneus, keeping his true love Esyllt safely hidden in a secret treasure chamber. After a while Esyllt bore Locrinus a daughter, named Sabrina, who for seven years never saw outside the secret chamber where she lived with her mother.
After Corneus death, Locrinus banished the hateful Guendolen and declared Esyllt his true Queen. Sabrina left her confines for the first time a pale but beautiful seven-year-old flaxen haired child. The kingdom of Loegria once more became a kingdom of joy and happiness. Sabrina found the life of a princess overwhelming and would often retreat to her old secret chamber to hide away from the sounds and ribaldry of the Kings court. This serenity endeared Sabrina to the peoples of Loegria who compared her beauty to that of the moon. This courtly joy enraged the banished Guendolen, and after many years in exile, she raised a mighty army from her late father's peoples of Cornovii and marched east to do battle and to kill her husband.
King Locrinus took Esyllt and the princess Sabrina, now a young woman, with him and engaged the army, whereupon a fierce battle ensued in which sadly the King was killed. Guendolen revelled in her glory, standing over the dead body of her erstwhile husband, as the two symbols of her anger and hatred stood trembling before her. Guendolen ordered that the two women be flung into the river in retribution for the wrongs that they had done her, but Esyllt stood firm. Decrying that she had done wrong she forbade the soldiers from touching Sabrina, the daughter of the king. Declaring that the Gods had richly avenged Guendolen, Esyllt took Sabrina and walked into the raging torrent of the river, the both never to be seen again. Guendolen decreed that the river thereafter be known after Sabrina so that all would remember her husbands infidelity.
This story has many other variations but all of the same basic theme that a one time King of England had a illegitimate child that was named Sabrina and died in the river. Much lore has grown about the stories, however one thing is for sure, if you watch a night bore in the right moonlight, you can see a young light haired girl riding the crest wave, and hear a swooshy ‘Sabrina’ as the wave sweeps up the bank.