Monday, 3 October 2022

Model week : A321neo progress

Project #100, an Airbus A321neo, has resumed after a short pause. The building is well advanced. With this kit i am trying something different, i want to paint and decal the fuselage and wings before they are connected to see if this makes both processes a bit easier.

Sunday, 2 October 2022

West Bromwich

With the trains off again, i instead took the tram! I went to West Bromwich and walked through Sandwell Country Park to see the ruins of Sandwell Priory and the actual Sand Well which Sandwell is named after! Then back to West Bromwich itself. You can see my photos here.

Friday, 30 September 2022

Churches (159) : St Peter, Harborne

St Peter's in Harborne, nowadays a suburb of Birmingham, dates from the medieval period though all that remains of that church is the 14th century tower. The church was built on the site of an earlier Saxon church, it is thought that St Chad may have preached there. Most of the current church dates from a Victorian rebuilding in 1867.

The church has a nave, aisles, transepts and an apsidal chancel. The church is built from red sandstone, the newer parts being rock faced.

Wednesday, 28 September 2022

Grey Fox

Another typewriter joined the collection today, number 12 i believe. This machine is a WH Smith Grey Fox, similar to my Red Fox though grey of course. It doesn't work though, it is missing a key and seems pretty broken internally. So maybe one day this will be an interesting repair job, until then it can just look pretty.

Tuesday, 27 September 2022

Gloucestershire Places (4) : Cheltenham

Cheltenham is a spa town to the North of the county. The settlement of Celtan Hom, which may mean steep hill, was first recorded in 803CE. It appeared in the Domesday Book as Chintenham and received a market charter in 1226. 

Cheltenham's fortunes changed when mineral springs were discovered there in 1716. In 1788 the town and it's spas were visited by King George III and other royals which made the town a highly fashionable place to visit. Horse racing at Cheltenham began in 1815, adding to the visitors who thronged to the town every year. Many visitors came via Cheltenham Spa railway station which opened in 1840.

The town is said to be one of the most complete Regency era towns, it also has a number of fine churches including St Mark's.