Black and White - Villages

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by Dewi Sant, Apr 2, 2014.

  1. Dewi Sant

    Dewi Sant Veteran

    Dec 20, 2013
    Lancashire, England
    I popped down to Hereford last week for a few days to see an old friend who lives in a small village just outside the city. Like me he's retired so I often go down there, or he comes up here and we mostly end up eating curry and drinking (far too much) beer, but we also take days out to somewhere interesting. Last time I was here we went over to Worcester to see King John's grave in the cathedral, this time we decided to visit what is locally known as the Black & White Village Trail.

    The Black and White Villages are so called because most of the houses are half timbered. They have structural black oak beams which are panelled in between with either white painted brick or the original white wattle and daub...... All very English.

    We didn't get to see all the villages on the trail but we managed some of the more interesting ones. Unfortunately the day was quite grey with quite flat & featureless light so the photos aren't the best I'm afraid, but I thought some of our non-UK members here would like to see a bit of Ye Olde Englande anywaye. There are quite a few photos - sorry about that - all shot on my Oly Pen E-PL5 using the 14-42 Olympus zoom lens

    The first village we called at was Dilwyn, a nice quiet little place with the ubiquitous village green, pub & church

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    St Mary's Church, Dilwyn

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    The nearest town to Dilwyn is Leominster - pronounced as written on this sign on the church wall

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    We're certainly old enough for the senoir citizen's lunch but alas, we're a bit early!

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    Weobly, once famous for the beer that was brewed here, Is the next village on our route. King Charles 1st stayed here after the battle of Naseby in 1645

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    The old garage is quite quaint - and it only sells Diesel

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    On the way to Pembridge we called to see the "Eardisley Great Oak Tree" which is reputed to be between 600 & 800 years old. It's a big 'un!

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    We stopped at Pembridge for lunch in the Olde Tea Shoppe. One cheese Scone, a home made sausage roll and of course a nice cup of tea later we went to look at the church - another St Mary's - which has an unusual feature.

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    St Mary;s church which has no steeple ................

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    ........but it does have a seperate bell tower.

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    Eardisland is probably the nicest village on the Black and White Trail. The last time I was here was around 20 years ago when we were on holiday in the area with our kids. Sadly it started to rain while we were here so I grabbed a few quick shots then we headed for home, and then went out for a few beers and a curry :smile:

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    Taken 20 odd years ago at Eardisland, the little guy is 28 now and I'm a lot more wrinkly

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  2. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    That oak tree...
  3. olli

    olli Super Moderator Emeritus

    Sep 28, 2010
    Metro Manila
    Sounds like a perfect day.
  4. What a great series of shots and a great hangout spot.

    What is extra nice is having a friend to spend the time with.
  5. pniev

    pniev Student for life

    May 13, 2013
    A beautiful set indeed. And what a great place to be.
    If I had to pick one, it would be #9.
  6. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus Subscribing Member

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    Really like these - makes me think of Midsomer Murders (never been to UK).
  7. I have said this before, it is one of the few things I dislike about where I live, no old buildings.
  8. What a wonderful set of images!! Really enjoyed looking at those. Thanks for posting!!
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