Wednesday, 27 May 2015
Sunday, 24 May 2015
Wednesday, 20 May 2015
This lump of old stone rock, which, curiously, has a lot of pebbles studded into it (why?), is a Grade II listed building. Stuck behind a fence, just away from the road, it doesn't look at all significant.
In fact, it is the fifteenth century Ousley Old Cross - so called because it sits almost next to the Ousley Brook, because it resembles an ancient preaching-cross, and, er, it's old. You wouldn't know.
No one knows its history really; it just seems to have been a fixture here since forever. But someone must have thought it worth preserving, even three or four centuries ago.
Monday, 18 May 2015
There is a saying "...only in the Potteries..." - accompanied by a shrug of the shoulders - meaning that it's so crazy it could only happen here. (I suppose the phrase is used in lots of regions, but everyone likes to think it's unique to them.)
This car has been freshly painted. Hard to believe.
Now, why anyone would want their car to look like it's been left in a field for thirty years I don't know, but if you too want your car to "have that rat look", just check out rustypaint.co.uk.
Like I say... only in the Potteries .... !
Friday, 15 May 2015
Talking of the past being in the present (see previous post), I had assumed that the blank window in Blithfield Church was either where the church ran out of money to build the twin-piece or some irreparable vandalism.
Actually, it was the latter... in a sense. The blank window is where the original window was blown out by the blasts from enemy bombs landing many miles away.
It stands, unreplaced, as a reminder that even quiet communities far from the front line can still live in terror in war.
Tuesday, 12 May 2015
This cross decoration on the roof of Holme Farm at Mayfield is one of two crosses, one at each end of the roof.
But it is not just there for ornament - the crosses signify that this house (parts of which are very old) was part of the possessions of Tutbury Priory some five hundred years ago.
The Mayfield Heritage Group has produced a wonderful leaflet of a walk around the village outlining all these wonderful facts.
Isn't it strange how the past keeps a presence (albeit not always understood) in our ordinary lives?
Sunday, 10 May 2015
Country churches contain mysteries. St Mary's at Enville has number of these strange Saxon carvings, and it places them prominently up on its walls.
But - are they Saxon? Tradition says so, but historians err toward Norman.
What does it represent? Tradition says it is a former priest, but ... really?
And is that a beard under its chin?
What's great is that the church doesn't care. Church wardens in these situations know they are just the custodians of the village's history, not the interpreters.
Friday, 8 May 2015
Gloomy day. The election results are in, and it looks like the far-right MPs on the Tory backbench will hold the balance of power in a government which only has a very slim majority. This gives foreboding.
Hanley's deserted municipal park, full of diverging lines-of-sight and people-less, made reflection easier.
Tuesday, 5 May 2015
Yet another sighting for my Stafford Knot collection. Hurrah!
This one is at The Knot Inn at Rushton Spencer.
Staffordshire Rushton Spencer, Macclesfield, Staffordshire SK11, UK