Thursday, 15 September 2016

Evesham and onwards

Up before the sparrows this morning and was standing outside Aldi waiting for it to open.  Afterwards I walked down to Evesham Lock in a vain effort to take that missing photo.  The best I could do was a photo through the gate.  It’s a poor photo because the sun was behind the cottage.


It’s an ‘A’ frame building with a raised bottom floor.  ‘A’ frames are particularly strong structures and I assume it’s been built to resist flooding.  The building was seriously damaged in the 1998 and 2007 floods with 4 – 5 feet of the lower structure being flooded.  At one point demolition was being considered.

I managed to get another photo from the upstream end.


It must have been one hell of a flood!

We spent the first half of the morning wandering around Evesham.  Jan liked the place because it was attractive and the people were friendly.  I was (of course) interested in the old buildings.


A crooked building to hold the crooked bankers! Smile

Some interesting narrow alleyways with the upper floors leaning out over the alley below “Watch out for the chamber pots being emptied”


Evesham Abbey was founded around 700AD although not much exists of the original structure.  I did notice part of an old stone wall to the west of the bell tower which I assume is original.  It’s behind the memorial to Simon de Montford which is apparently located on the site of the original high altar.


Wall in the background.

Simon de Montford was the 6th Earl of Leicester and he died here during the Battle of Evesham in 1256AD.  de Monford led a rebellion against Henry III and briefly became the defacto ruler of England.  He is famous for organising two Parliaments.  The first stripped the monarch of unlimited authority and the second included ordinary citizens from the towns (ie, (wealthy and influential citizens who were not nobles). 

Evesham Bell Tower and gatehouse dates from the 16th century, however it has been extensively renovated since then.


St Lawrence Church, Evesham is actually redundant and under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.  It was open, but we didn’t go in.


Opposite it is All Saints Church which is still an active Anglican Church.

We wandered around Abbey Park coming upon the War Memorial.  I was surprised to read Evesham continued fighting WW1 two years beyond armistice day.


There has to be more to this story?

On our return to Waiouru a decision was made to depart Evesham and look for a quiet rural mooring.  Just as we were preparing to move nb Spinning Hinny passed by heading in the opposite direction.


Beacon Boats always look nice and they do all seem to have an almost standardized colour scheme.

The cable ferry is in operation on the downstream side of Evesham.  the wire rope is tensioned by a hand operated winch which raised it about 3ft above water level and then the ferry operator pulls the ferry across by hand.  We loitered in the middle of the river until he had unwound the cable and then headed further downstream. 

The next interesting sight was the remains of a bridge abutment.  What was unusual was the brick lined pipe which must have run under the carriageway.  I’m guessing it was a railway bridge.


Jan managed to capture a photo of one of those stately homes peeking through the trees in the distance.  It had a huge satellite dish to one side which made me wonder if MI5 owned it.


There’s a large and attractive weir at Fladbury Lock.   P1030247

Eventually we stopped and moored above Wyle Lock just downstream of Wyle Piddle (I wanted to write that!).  Where are Upper Piddle, Middle Piddle and Lower Piddle? Smile


Adam said...

That's Wood Norton, home of BBC engineering training, and where the BBC decamps to in case of a nuclear war.

And you've missed the chance of a reference to Tiddle Widdle Island.

Tom and Jan said...

Adam with a sat dish that large are the BBC nicking other broadcasters property? :-) Do I have to look for Tiddle Widdle Island?

nb Chuffed said...

There's a River Piddle (also known as the Trent) in Dorset with several villages names after it eg Piddlehinton, but Tolpuddle*, Affpuddle etc had their spelling changed by the disapproving Victorians. There is also a Piddle Brewery with a range including Martyrs' Relief, Slasher and other 'related' titles.
(the Tolpuddle Martyrs were farm workers transported to Australia for daring to form a union to protest against their appalling working conditions)

Steve-the-Wargamer said...

Re. the war memorial - see

..I suspect the regiment was involved in this bit of nastiness..

..which followed straight on after the Mesopotamian Campaign so classed as being part of WWI...

Tom and Jan said...

Steve, The link to the Worcestershire Regiment doesn't show any service in Iraq between 1918 - 1922.

The wikipedia info states the Iraq uprising was between 1920-22. So it's still not clear to me why the memorial has 1920?


Steve-the-Wargamer said...

Four men listed as having died at home in 1920 - I assume from wounds incurred during the actual war....

Tom and Jan said...

Hi Steve,

Yes, I did considerthat might be one explanation. But it would be a rather unique situation. Thousands of other ex serviceman and women died of their injuries after the war but that didn't change the date on the local memorial.