24 June, 2012

Birmingham: the National Exhibition Centre

A visit to the NEC. This series of exhibition halls inaugaurated by Ted Heath is often eerily empty.

16 June, 2012


Another rather disappointing day in Watford. It is better to travel hopefully than to arrive but this time I did at least visit the church which has some good monuments and stained glass. In the shadow of the church is the former free school of 1704. And the old people live out their days in a row of almshouses just as near.

13 June, 2012

'emel 'empstead in 'ertfordshire

Another in my series on new towns. Hemel Hemptead was designated a new town in 1947 and the first residents moved in in 1949, despite opposition by the locals. Arriving in the town there was a fountain near St John's Church Boxwmoor, to commemorate the tercentenary of the first translation of the bible. The heart of the new town is Marlowes, which is the main shopping street and has replaced the old high street. There is a market place which had a flea market when I called with the Salvation Army meeting hall and the bus station adjacent. Like most new towns Hemel Hempstead has lots of artworks to enhance to urban environment. This one shows the four stages of humanity from hunter to machine age and leisure at home. Another shows Hemel Hempstead's place in Hertfordshire. This appears on the side of a car park. The old village contains some well preserved old houses. The charter tower is in the back garden of the registry office and tradition has it that Henry VIII handed the charter to the townspeople from the upper window here. Alas this cannot be true as the charter was granted long before the tower was built. There are some old houses in the high street, and an old galleried inn.

10 June, 2012


Another visit to Southampton. What can I say that hasn't already been said? But I can give you a picture of an old queen touting for business down the docks.

04 June, 2012

Happy Jubilee to all my readers

God Bless Elizabeth, long may she reign.

Ormskirk - Lancashire Market town

Ormskirk is a bustling market town and I visited in the company of BestMate and Brian who sometimes contributes to the other blog. Ormskirk has a little theatre and this curious church with tower and spire.