As nothing exciting has been happening here apart from the usual Christmas preparations and as you are all doing the same thing, I didn't think you'd want to read about mine. So I decided to take you on a tour of my local town.
The town is split into two parts old and new, I'll tell you about the old one today and the new one next time.
The town is very old, it is first mentioned in 1185. It was granted a charter to hold a weekly market in 1255 and in 1269 it was granted another charter to hold an annual fair, this still takes place in May.
As you can see there are some lovely buildings. The white building in the middle of the last photo has been used in some episodes of Poirot. Some of the buildings are being renovated and while this is going on you can see how old some of them are.
Not a very good picture but it was through a dirty window and you don't see this sort of thing very often.
It has a large parish church.
The first vicar is mentioned in 1210 but the church that is here now dates from around 1869.
The town is on an old coaching road so there are lots of pubs! Probably a lot less than there used to be.
There is The Saracen's Head
this is thought to date from about 1194 and there are written records of an inn from1242. It is supposed to be haunted.
There is the White Hart
there are records relating to it dated 1624.
Then there is The Greyhound
this is down one of the Ends, as the main roads are called. I've only mentioned this one as it's where Husband and I had our first date and it hadn't been "improved" then.
Just on the very edge of the town there is this house.
This is where G.K.Chesterton lived for a time. Not sure how old it is but I don't think it's as old as the rest of the town.
Hope you've enjoyed the tour, I'll tell you about the New Town next. It's certainly not as picturesque as the Old Town.
Enjoy your week.
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