Monthly Archives: December 2021

Season’s Greetings.

Season’s Greetings to readers and let’s hope for a healthy and contented 2022.
Will take a Christmas and New Year break (am in Worcester again). In January will hope to start with the promised comments on the article ‘Castles of Holderness’, not quite as revelatory as the title suggested. Am then thinking of a run on 20th century housing with case studies from Humberside. R.C.

Inventory of blogs 4.

The following list is the final lot of my recommended blogs from the past 4 years;
(31) Monastic History of Hull and the East Riding, 20 blogs, starting 10/2/2021.
(32) Worcester, 15 blogs, starting 30/4/2021.
(33) Views of the Humber, 13 blogs, starting 9/4/2021 and 19/5/21.
(34) Cathedrals, 12 blogs, starting 4/6/2021.
(35) Simplified Geology of Humber Region, 40 blogs, starting20/7/2021.
These are ‘runs’ of what I consider to be the most instructive of the 643 blogs researched and compiled since February 2016.
The second photo of Wereham church (above) shows a view from the north-west. In the foreground is what was once the village green, now a general carpark, with the village pond just beyond. The round-headed opening leading to the west door and, more especially, the narrow lancet opening above suggest an Anglo-Saxon date for the tower base as does a change in walling style just above the lancet. The string course around the base of the belfry openings may indicate a further episode of tower hightening. The brickwork castellation of the the top stage is much later, probably 18th century but to confirm this the bricks themselves would have to be examined, this being a purely decorative feature beloved of parishioners and incumbents alike back then.
The churchyard wall is a typical Norfolk wall – a mix of brick and stone, using whatever was available. Unlike in Holderness where the characteristic cobble walling utilised rounded stones shaped by marine abrasion and obtained from the beach the stones for walling such as seen here were field stones, thus giving the wall a very uneven surface. Field ‘stone picking’ was a common task for unskilled farm labourers, plus women and children.

Inventory of blogs 3.

A continuation of the list of recommended blogs from this website, for numbers 1-20 s.p.b.s.
(21) History of Hull’s Cemeteries, 24 blogs, starting 10/3/2019.
(22) Reed’s Island, Ravenser Odd and Sunk Island, 16 blogs, starting11/6/2019.
(23) County maps of the East Riding, 13 blogs, starting 28/8/2019.
(24) Pearson Park, Hull restoration, 7 blogs, starting 5/11/2019.
(25) Cupolas, pinnacles, turrets and domes on secular buildings (Hull), 10 blogs, starting 30/12/2019.
(26) Hull’s once out-of-town settlements, 12 blogs, starting 4/2/2020,
19 blogs, starting 5/4/2020,
9 blogs, starting 19/5/2020,
9 blogs, starting 10/6/2020,
3 blogs, starting 29/6/2020,
3 blogs, starting 7/7/2020,
2 blogs, starting 13/7/2020,
1 blog, 15/7/2020.
(27) Illustrated Natural History of Selborne, 8 blogs, starting 2/8/2020.
(28) Hull’s Green Corridors, 6 blogs, starting 20/8/2020.
(29) Descriptions of Hull 16th -18th centuries, 16 blogs, starting16/9/2020.
(30) Disused Rail Lines as Public Rights of Way, 20 blogs, starting 13/11/2020.
The remaining five recommended blogs will be listed next time.
The photo today is of the church at Wereham, a neighbouring village to Stoke Ferry (s.p.b.) and to the village I grew-up in. The west tower, nave, south aisle and chancel, part of, can be seen. The photo was taken while standing in the road next to the churchyard, now almost without traffic but once a congested road (see also s.p.b.) with heavy traffic thundering through the centre of the village. The lancet windows of the chancel are clearly earlier than those of the nave, reflecting the differing attention to the building of the person, or institution, that held the resposibility for the chancel and the parishioners for the nave. At the apex of the nave roof is evidence of an earlier roof-line, this probably pre-1866 when records show that the previous thatched roof was replaced by the present Welsh slate roof. Partly obscuring the south-facing belfry light is a large surviving sundial dated 1725.

Inventory of blogs, 2.

1 – 10 of selected titles s.p.b.
(11) River Hull, 3 blogs, starting 22/2/17, Plus single blogs on 14/11/2016 and 29/11/2016 and 19/12/2016.
(12) Copernicus, 2 blogs, starting 14/2/2018.
(13) History of Hessle Common, 5 blogs, started 17/2/2018.
(14) Gainsborough Old Hall, 2 blogs, started 27/2/2018, plus 2 blogs starting 24/2/2018.
(15) Peter Scott, 2 blogs, starting 18/3/2018.
(16) Churches Conservation Trust, 4 blogs, started 25/3/2018.
(17) Density of Population, 6 blogs, starting 29/4/2018.
(18) Clay banks, 7 blogs, starting 25/5/2018.
(19) History of Public Parks, 27 blogs, starting 22/11/2018.
(20) History of Hull’s Public Parks (partly), 9 blogs, starting 18/2/2019.
Given the comments last time about Stoke Ferry church, south-west Norfolk, and given the evidence of its building fabric from the last photo, the west door (see above) must surely be an import from an earlier church, possibly one that stood on the same site. The stonework appears to be genuine medieval work of the 14th or 15th centuries (see the continuous mouldings, no capitals), also the high quality cusping and the ‘saint’s niche’. The detailing on the openings also seems to be very fine, the colour will not be original but acts as a reminder that medieval churches were often places of colour and dramatic paintings on the walls of the interior, only rarely have examples survived to the present day. Conservators have the skills and materials to restore medieval wall paintings once revealed.

Inventory of blogs.

I have been up-dating the inventory of my blogs compiled between 19/02/2016 and 2/12/2021. The 600+ blogs cover a total of 188 topics, some covered by just one blog, some up to 40. Of the 188 there are 35 of which I am not too ashamed. Therefore I am going to list those 35 with dates and how many blogs were covered.
(1) Early Summer Flail – 1 blog – 8/6/’17.
(2) Public Parks – 4 blogs – starting 27/6/2017.
(3) Hull’s Public Parks -4 blogs -starting 9/7/2017.
(4) Hull’s Cemeteries 1 blog – 17/7/2017.
(5) Three Yorkshire Wolds churches – 3 blogs, starting 11/7/2017.
(6) Evolution – 4 blogs – starting 12/8/2017.
(7) Farm animal welfare – 2 blogs – starting 13/9/2017.
(8) The English Civil Wars – (?) blogs – ending on 5/11/2017.
(9) Humberside large period houses – 19 blogs – starting 10/11/2017.
(10) Charles Darwin – 8 blogs – starting 12/1/2018.

Today’s photo is of Stoke Ferry church in south-west Norfolk, a neighbouring village to the one I grew-up in. I know little about this church except what can be seen from the external fabric, partly because, for whatever reason, it is not included in Mortlock and Roberts ‘A Popular Guide to Norfolk Churches, vol.3 west and south-west Norfolk.Basically it comprises of a four-bay nave, two-bay chancel and a modest bell-cot atop the wset gable wall and an ornate west door. The walling is coursed rubble in a thick lime mortar and a roof of Welsh slate. The site of the church is central in the village and, apart from a strip of the small churchyard, stands beside a now quiet road since the construction of a by-pass but which 50 years ago carried heavy traffic from Felixstowe Docks (then just being developed) to the Midlands and North.
There are a number of fine Georgian town houses in Stoke Ferry while the name comes from a bridging point over the River Wissey, a tributary of the Great Ouse, on the edge of the village.
The building partly visible east of the chancel used to be a chemist’s shop, apparently my father gained his first job here as an errand-boy at the age of 13.
A place that would, I am sure, reward further study.

Inventory of blogs 2016-2021.

I compiled the bulk of this Inventory between 3/11/’20 and 11/11/’20, with a summing-up blog on 2/2/’21.
So the sections unrecorded on the previous Inventory are;
Disused Rail Lines as Public Rights of Way, 20 blogs, 13/11/20 – 31/12/20,
Update and Overview for 2021, 6 blogs, 12/1/21 – 20/1/21,
Allotments, 5 blogs, 25/1/21 – 4/2/21,
Monastic History of Hull and the East Riding, 20 blogs, 10/2/21 – 4/4/21,
Worcester, 15 blogs, 30/4/21 – 16/5/21,
Views of the Humber, 13 blogs, 9/4/21 – 17/4/21 and 19/5/21 – 4/6/21,
Cathedrals, 12 blogs, 4/6/21 – 12/7/21,
Simplifued Geology of Humber Region, 40 blogs, 20/7/21 – 2/12/21.
I make this a grand total of 643 blogs since Feb. 2016, with some of the ‘runs’ being of reasonable quality.