Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Churches (25) : St Michael & All Angels, Halton

Despite appearances the parish church of St Michael & All Angels in the Buckinghamshire village of Halton is a fairly modern construction dating to 1813 [1] though designed to some extent in the style of a thirteenth century church [2]. It was built on the site of an older church though little external trace of that church now remains, just some stone curbing which marked the old chancel wall. The current church was built from grey stone and flint.

St Michaels has a tower to the West, a nave and aisles (probably a later addition either side of the nave and a bit too slim for the style adopted for the church). Inside the church are traces from the older church such as a brass of Henry Bradschawe and his wife dated 1553 plus a church plate of a similar vintage.

[1] Nikolaus Pevsner, Buckinghamshire (Penguin, 1960) p. 152
[2] "Parishes: Halton." A History of the County of Buckingham: Volume 2. Ed. William Page. London: Victoria County History, 1908. 339-341. British History Online. Web. 19 February 2019. http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/bucks/vol2/pp339-341.

Monday, 18 February 2019

BGLR : The tram line

As well as the narrow gauge Birches Green line my layout also has a HO scale tramline. This began as just a way to put something on the bridge over the layout. Originally it was going to be a static track just for scenery purposes but when I bought a great Roco tram I thought I'd expand it into a proper secondary layout...

Phase 1 of the tram is shown in yellow on the plan above, it was quickly followed by phase 2 which needed a board extension and gives the tramline it's current terminus. Phase 3 is shown in green and will require a new board which will be on top of the existing layout. This will also provide a good backdrop to the left side loop of the main line.

It shouldn't prove too difficult to built phase 3, the hardest part will probably be to find a suitable piece of wood!

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Long Buckby and the walk to the wharf

Yesterday I went to Long Buckby in Northamptonshire. It is a pleasant little town (or maybe should I say large village) with a pretty church and remains of a castle. Though Buckby Castle nowadays is just a mound. I took photos of Long Buckby which you can see here.

I also walked down about three kilometres to the Grand Union Canal at Buckby Wharf, an "interesting" walk on a country road without a pavement! You can see my canal photos here.