Sunday, 3 July 2022

New typewriter

No travels this weekend due to reasons but instead a new addition to the typewriter collection arrived, a rather nice looking Imperial 200 in egg shell blue. The typewriter needed a bit of minor repair to get it working but now types pretty well. It is battered though, it looks like it may have been hung up on the wall as a trendy bit of decor. Not something i do with my typewriters of course!

Friday, 1 July 2022

Churches (146) : St Mary the Virgin, Bearley

The parish church of St Mary the Virgin in Bearley, Warwickshire dates from the 12th century. The nave is probably 12th century with parts of the chancel from the following century. However, much of the church is much more modern with extensive rebuilding in the 19th century. This included extending the nave and adding a Western porch and bell turret. The church's windows are also largely 19th century additions.

The church is built from coursed lias stone. The bell tower is made from brick with a wooden belfry.

Wednesday, 29 June 2022

Model week : Jetstream

This year we will finally reach completed 100 model kit projects, i am sure. But first we need to complete #99! This is a Handley Page Jetstream. Construction is largely finished and painting has now begun.

Tuesday, 28 June 2022

Derbyshire Places (6) : Spondon

Spondon, which is now a suburb of the city of Derby, was a village dating back to Anglo-Saxon times. The name Spondon is derived from the Anglo-Saxon for gravelly hill. The village is mentioned in the Domesday Book. Spondon was destroyed in about 1333 by a great fire, the church and most houses being lost. The parish church dedicated to St Werburgh was built in 1390, replacing the original burnt down church.

The village greatly expanded in the 19th and 20th centuries due to industrial sites such as the huge British Celanese factory making cellulose acetate. This site has now closed.

Also closed is the Derby Canal which once flowed through the village. The railway station which opened in 1939 remains open.