Friday, 27 September 2013

Rest day…. Well almost!

After a review last night we decided it might be nice to spend a second night on shore power.  This morning Jan asked at the office and was given approval.  She immediately did another two loads of washing before asking for the clothesline to be erected on the stern.

The weather was slightly overcast but with no sign of rain we decided to go for a walk around Warwick town centre.  It’s a pleasant small town.  The route took us past the Collegiate Church of St Mary to the town square where the former Market Hall has been converted into a museum

The original hall was built around 1670 and the arches on all four sides were open. In the 19th century rails were placed over the arches and the lower area held the local “stocks” where offenders were placed on public display (Ah for the good old days!)

The other interesting building near the town square is this Tudor style structure.  Another of those old buildings that doesn’t appear to have a straight vertical or horizontal line!

Most of the banks are located on High Street.  Jan didn’t want to give or take… just check how much she had!  However she did point out this interesting doorway.

No.. it’s not N°10.  The interesting feature is the wrought iron boot scraper by the step.  I don’t believe I’ve ever seen one on NZ or Oz and it’s probably still in use removing snow and ice from footwear during winter.

Further down High Street is the West Gate built by Thomas Beauchamp 12th Earl of Warwick, in the latter half of the 14th Century.  Above the gate is the ancient Chantry Chapel of St James.

Adjacent to the gate is the Lord Leycester Hospital and Master's Garden.  Now these buildings give the impression of being old!

Interesting carving on the gable facia boards.

These buildings were constructed in the 14th century under a license granted to the Catholic Church by Richard II.  They were saved from the clutches of Henry VIII by their Master, Thomas Oken, who had it transferred to the Burgesses of Warwick.

They were converted into a hospital when in 1571, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leycester acquired the buildings and founded, under charter from Queen Elizabeth I, a Hospital for aged or disabled soldiers and their wives.

We didn’t tour the hospital but did visit the small tearooms in a lower floor of the east wing.

Apparently the buildings now house five residents (ex servicemen) much like an Alms House.

We hadn’t been back at Waiouru very long when another boat arrived looking for a visitor mooring.  The Saltisford Trust staff had mentioned in the morning they were expecting another visitor and we had indicated we’d be happy to have them breast-up with us.

It was a pleasant surprise to see our fellow visitors were Angie & Dave (nb Lady Esther).  Angie is the clever lady who manages to crochet mooring pin covers from Sainsbury’s plastic shopping bags.

In the late afternoon there was time for a boaters chat (toilets not discussed) before the temperature dropped driving us back inside Waiouru.  Jan then put on a 3rd load of washing, because we are such a grubby couple!  Not to be left out, I vacuumed the floor.

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