Sunday…. So Off to Church

This Week a Contrast in Size and Style

Long-Mynd--463The Church of Saint Laurence, Church Stretton, Shropshire

On the English Welsh border, an area known as The Marches,  sheltering beneath the Shropshire Hills known as the Long Mynd are two quintessential English Villages.

The larger of the two is Church Stretton and the church of Saint Laurence is the Parish Church.  Saint Laurence dates back to the 12 century but like many religious buildings there was probably an even earlier religious connection to the site.

As to Church Stretton itself, well you will find that all the older buildings are crammed in cheek by jowl with each other around the church.  The early village soon expanded an expansion helped by both the importance of local agricultural interests and in Victorian times by the arrival of the railway and that new found recreation of Tourism.

Still in the shadow of Long Mynd and just about a mile further west is the very much smaller village ..aptly called Little Stretton.


 All Saints Church, Little Stretton

Little Stretton consist of a string of houses along the main road and together with a few other outlying houses that is the extent of Little Stretton.  If anything the village is more quintessential English, with many of the buildings being Black and White half timbered constructions with thatched roofs.

So maybe it is no surprise that All Saints is constructed in that style…what is a surprise for many is that this unique building only dates back to 1903.

Much smaller than its big sister down the road but no less attractive for that.  Surrounded by open lawns, ornamental trees and flower beds it is certainly a contender for any “Chocolate Box Top”.

16th July

(C) David Oakes 2017



Sunday…So off to Church or rather an Abbey


Buildwas Abbey, Shropshire

Idyllically located next to the River Severn in a deep Shropshire valley, Cistercian Monks built this Abbey.  Named after St. Mary and St. Chad it was completed around 1135. The lush surrounds were ideal for the Abbey’s agricultural activities.

Today it is a sprawling but dramatic ruin.  Apart from a tall Nave and various cloisters you can also discover high vaulted ceilinged under-stores.

But also look down as there are still areas with some fabulously ornate and surprisingly well kept tiled floors.

Life was not to be as peaceful as the surroundings suggest.  It’s location not too far from the border with Wales ensured that there were some turbulent times to endure.

But closure came along with a great many other Abbeys and Religious buildings on the Royal instruction of King Henry VIII, with the so called Dissolution of the Monasteries

4th June

(C) David Oakes 2017


Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge – A Good Match


The Feathers Hotel, Ludlow, Shropshire

Built way back in 1619 and despite some rather crazy angles to the architecture, the Feather Hotel is still standing in the Bull Ring at Ludlow.

Considering all the wood had to be carved by hand and the windows are just about perfect and compliment each other, you have to admit that these Elizabethan craftsmen created many a good match.

Just my suggestion for this weeks DP Photo Challenge

via Photo Challenge: A Good Match

See what others have suggested on the link above or right here:-

     David Oakes

24th February

(C) 2017