Gardens and Houses
We had studied a brochure giving houses and gardens which deserved a visit. We set off along narrow country lanes amid great scenery,until we came to the first place on our list. Oops, it was closed because
there was a private wedding reception being held, and even the gardens were not available to visit. However we saw some interesting trees when we were driving out.
There are many gardens to be seen in southwest England andthe small roads ae interesting as the climb up hill and down dale, passing through beautiful small villages with interesting names, so just driving around is a pleasure even on a damp drizzling day.
Advice: phone ahead and check that the venue is open !
- Road Trip
An unusual house....
I spotted this pair of houses as I wandered the back streets of Wells one late afternoon.
They are very unusual because there are five sculptures of faces set into its brickwork. I recognised Queen Victoria and Gladstone (one of her Prime Ministers) but would love to know who the other two are...they were too eroded to be easily recognisable..
I've never seen another building with sculptures of such 'modern' famous people (these presumably date from the very late 1800s, judging by the appearance of Queen Victoria). I wonder why they are there? It just seems to be an ordinary pair of semi-detached houses.....perhaps the builder was very patriotic indeed?
You'll find the house on the corner of Guardhouse Lane and South street.
- Arts and Culture
- Historical Travel
'Alms' is money given to the poor.
'Almshouses' are accommodation provided for worthy, but poor, churchgoers (most often single people, usually widows or widowers). The funds for their provision were often left by wealthy citizens, and administered by the church.
There are almshouses in other European countries, but the UK has many ancient ones.
I spotted two sets in Wells (there are six altogether). The Bubwith almshouses near St Cuthberts were provided in the 1400s by Nicholas Bubwith. Although much of that set is demolished and replaced by more modern buildings part of the original structure survives, as does a chapel and guildhall.
A further set of almshouses, funded by one Henry Llewellyn and dating from the late 1500s, can be seen on Priest's Row which runs to the north of St Cuthbert's.
Other benefactors enable further almshouses to be built in later years.
Whilst these buildings are well worth seeking out for their architectural design, do remember that they are still people's homes ...don't be intrusive.
- Historical Travel
- Religious Travel
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