A Lazy start…. then a little bit of Heritage



A Spectacular Dorset Castle

We had a lazy start to Sunday…. Coffee, a good book and some welcome shade just to sit and read…well we are on holiday. But the afternoon was for some exploration of a part of Dorset’s Heritage.

So it was the Village of Corfe Castle, and of course, its distinctive and spectacular castle of the same name, our destination.  Both the Village and the Castle are built of the distinctive Purbeck Stone… always light and bright, but in this afternoons blistering sun, reflecting as if it was a true white.

Its History is long and chequered so you are best dong an internet search for comprehensive information…so here is the brief vision.

In 1086 William the Conqueror did a swap. A Church for this land on which he built Corfe Castle. It was very much a defensive castle with Outer Baily and Gatehouse then an inner Baily and Gatehouse..being situated on the hill it was a position of strength and provide extensive views over all it surrounded. It must have been a strong fortification as it withstood several sieges. It was though during two sieges in the Civil War of 1643 -1646 that Corfe Castle fell to the Parliamentary Forces…but only through an act of  treachery from inside the castle.  After this Castle was partially demolished by order of Parliament, stone was robbed to build elsewhere.  The Castle and surrounds continued to  remain in the hands of the Banks Family and did so for more than 3 more centuries.  It is now in the hands of the National Trust.

So here is a mini tour…


An interesting and relaxing afternoons exploring.  Then a leisurely drive back to where our caravan is currently located for yet another glorious summers evening..


Dusk over Kimmeridge Bay

9th July

(C) David Oakes 2018


Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge..


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The Blacksmiths Work Bench

I hope you like this as a suggestion for this weeks ‘Odd Ball’ Challenge.

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18th June

(C) David Oakes 2018


Silent Sunday….The Weeping Window


Hardly seems a year since Derby hosted, for a few short weeks, this magnificent tribute to those who sacrificed so much in WW1 and the conflicts that have followed….. But a year it is, and still talked about by many as a very fitting tribute in a unique location.


The Silk Mill, Derby.


A Silent Reminder for Silent Sunday

17th June

(C) David Oakes 2018

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge -Trains, etc..


A Long Way from Home….

An engine once built for the South African Railways… now refurbished and in action on the Welsh Highland Railway, North Wales

Just a suggestion for this Week Black and White Photo Challenge.

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14th June

(C) David Oakes 2018

Silent Sunday….. So off to Church

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Brecon Cathedral, Powys, Wales

The small but important Welsh Market Town of Brecon (pop approx. 8500), lying in the shadows of the Brecon Beacons, supports a very much wider agricultural community in this part of rural Powys.

Since 1920 it has also been the home of Brecon Cathedral.

The Cathedral is on an enclosed circular hill, so is quite peaceful and secluded in its own grounds.  There has of course been a church on this location for many centuries.  The original church of Saint John, a Norman construction was built in 1093.  It is also thought to have been built on the site of a much earlier Celtic Church.  St. Johns was rebuilt in the gothic style in 1215, also blessed with a new name of Holy Rood (Holy Cross) but for many centuries it suffered troubles.  The Dissolution of the Monasteries was of course the worst.

However despite it many troubles the church was renovated and eventually made the Cathedral we see today.

I described the Cathedral as peaceful and there is no better place to feel that peace than to stand in the centre of the Nave with its stone pillars and arched ceilings

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The Nave, Brecon Cathedral

27th May

(C) David Oakes 2018