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.

Thursday, 14 October 2021

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Walking the waterways (28) : Basingstoke Canal

The Basingstoke Canal was built to connect Basingstoke, and surrounding areas, with the river Thames via the Wey Navigation passing through Hampshire and Surrey including places like Woking and Aldershot. Construction began in 1788 and completed in 1794. However, the canal was not a financial success even though it carried trade such as timber from Basingstoke. Even by the mid-19th century parts of the canal were falling into disuse. Commercial traffic ended in 1910.

By 1913 the canal was no longer fully navigable. However, during the First World War it was used by the government to transport supplies from London. After the war the canal was used for some pleasure cruising but by the 1960s the canal was essentially derelict. Volunteers have restored much of the canal though ironically the canal does no longer reach Basingstoke due to a collapsed tunnel. The last eight kilometres of canal from Greywell Tunnel to Basingstoke is now unlikely to ever be restored any time soon.

Monday, 11 October 2021


At the weekend i visited Evesham in Worcestershire, somewhere i have been to at least once before but not for a number of years. A few days earlier i upgraded by iPhone from an XR to a 13 mini so wanted to give the camera a test, to see if it's better. I think it is, well you can judge for yourself by taking a look at the photos here!

Friday, 8 October 2021

Churches (120) : All Saints, Four Oaks

The parish church of All Saints in Four Oaks in the West Midlands was built in 1908-9. The church has a five bay nave and a chancel with an organ chamber. There is a bellcote above the chancel arch. The church has an octagonal vestry. Another polygonal building is the choir vestry on the West side of the church. 

The church is built from red bricks in the Late Free Gothic style.

Tuesday, 5 October 2021

Walking the waterways (27) : Gloucester and Sharpness Canal

The Gloucester & Sharpness Canal links to the river Severn at Gloucester and acts as a shortcut to the Severn before it rejoins the river 26.5km away at Sharpness. Work began on the canal in 1793 though the project ran into financial difficulties in the early 1800s with work stopping for some time. Finally, with funding secured from a variety of sources, the canal was completed and opened in 1827. The canal was, at the time, the broadest and deepest in the world.

The canal was a success, carrying over a million tons of cargo in 1905. Commercial traffic continued on the canal until mostly petering out by the 1980s, the oil trade being a major source of income during much of the 20th century. Now the major source of traffic on the canal is leisure of course.

Monday, 4 October 2021

Kingsway tram tunnel

As with the diesel gala on Friday, something else i haven't done for a long time was go on a Hidden London tour of usually closed parts of London's transport heritage. That changed on Saturday when i went to London and explored the now-disused Kingsway tram tunnel. Although not as interesting as some of the other Hidden London tours such as Charing Cross and Aldwych, it was still great to do another the things i did often before covid. You can see my photos here.

Saturday, 2 October 2021

Diesel gala at last

Yesterday i was finally able to return to the Severn Valley Railway and attend a diesel gala, something i did a lot in the pre-covid days. The event was fine as always with some great guest stars. I took trains to Bewdley and Arley from Kidderminster. You can see my photos here.

Friday, 1 October 2021

Churches (119) : St Mary the Virgin, Lapworth

The parish church of St Mary the Virgin in Lapworth, Warwickshire dates from the 12th century though much of the surviving church is from later centuries. The nave is 12th century with a North aisle and chancel from the 13th, a North chantry chapel also dates from the 13th century though was rebuilt in the 15th. The church has a 14th century tower and also from that century a nave clerestory.

The tower is probably the most interesting feature of the church. The steeple is connected to the North aisle by a passage and has a projecting stairway. The church is built from random coursed stone.