Friday, 9 April 2021

Churches (99) : St Peter & St Paul, Kingsbury

The parish church of St Peter & St Paul in the Warwickshire village of Kingsbury has existed since about 1200CE. The church retains it's Norman nave though the rest of the church including the West tower was remodelled around 1300. The vestry was added in the 14th century with more changes including to the aisles in the following centuries. The church was restored in the mid-1880s.

The church is mainly built from sandstone though brick was used on the nave's East gable during the Victorian restoration.






Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Cigarette Card Stars (4) : Betty Crocker

"Betty Crocker is one of England's most photographed girls. She has the distinction of possessing an extraordinary number of hobbies, but admits that her favourite sports are the strenuous ones of swimming and tennis, at each of which she is expert. Miss Crocket is justly proud of her delightful figure, and spares no efforts to keep herself in perfect physical trim."

Well in the late 1930s she may have been one of "England's most photographed girls" but trying to find information about her now is rather difficult, one major reason for that though is she shared her name with a famous American food brand! But if you know more about Betty Crocker the English well photographed girl let us know!



Sunday, 4 April 2021

Canley to Coventry

The final trip on my week of rail adventures was to Coventry. I started at Canley station, one I have not visited before, and then walked into the fine city itself. Despite being to Coventry a few times before I have not been to the cathedral and it is certainly worth the wait. The combination of the ruins of the original and the postwar Modernist replacement must be one of the finest buildings in the country. Well I was quite impressed anyway! You can see my photos here.







Saturday, 3 April 2021

Churches (98) : St Andrew, Bebington

The parish church of St Andrew in Bebington on the Wirral dates from around 1300CE, though was built on the site of an earlier Saxon church. The South aisles are the oldest part of the church with the South-West tower being added in the 14th century. The chancel and the North and South chapels from the 16th century.

The tower was rebuilt in 1805 after being damaged due to a lightning strike. The church was reordered in 1847 with a North arcade added in the Norman style. The church is built from sandstone.





Friday, 2 April 2021

Rugeley Town

Yesterday I visited Rugeley again. This time I didn't walk along the canal, instead i went into the town itself for the first time (on previous visits I've either stayed at Rugeley Trent Valley or gone along the Trent & Mersey Canal). I also went to Rugeley's other station, Rugeley Town. You can see my photos here.