Friday, 22 October 2021

Churches (122) : All Saints, Evesham

The parish church of All Saints in the Worcestershire town of Evesham shares a churchyard with the former church of St Lawrence, part of the former Evesham Abbey complex. The church was built by Benedictine monks in the 12th century. The current church is mainly 15th and 16th century (there is some surviving 12th century masonry), there was a restoration in the early 1870s.

The church has an aisled nave with a West tower and porch and the church is in the Perpendicular style. The church's chancel was enlarged during the Victorian restoration.

Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Walking the waterways (29) : Rushall Canal

The Rushall Canal is a short (just under four and a half kilometres) but important canal in Walsall which links the Tame Valley and Wyrley & Essington Canals. The canal was built in 1847 to take coal from the Cannock mines to Birmingham via the above mentioned canals and also to provide a water source for the busy Tame Valley Canal. 

The canal is a fairly straight narrow canal with nine locks. Despite being an important industrial link the canal passes through fairly rural and exposed areas. The first seven locks on the canal were known as the "ganzy seven" (ganzy being a term for a jumper) as boaters needed them to keep warm!

Monday, 18 October 2021


At the weekend i went to London, and on Saturday morning i took advantage of the starting location to travel somewhere that might be a little bit too far to go in a day from Birmingham. I went to Rochester in Kent, a historic town on the river Medway. It has a lot to see including a rather lovely cathedral and a castle. You can see my photos here.

Friday, 15 October 2021

Churches (121) : St Mary and All Saints, Beaconsfield

The parish church of St Mary & All Saints in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire has been in existence since 1210CE. However, the current church is mostly from a 19th century rebuild and enlargement. The enlargement included the Western parts of the arcades and part of the tower.

The church is built from flint and bath stone. The church is the burial place of G.K. Chesterton, Edmund Burke and Edmund Waller, who has an obelisk memorial in the churchyard.