Saturday, 16 August 2014

Romsey Abbey, Hampshire

Our walk is finished so time to enjoy the peace and beauty of the Abbey.
God has been worshipped here for over 1100 years and for almost 900 in this great Norman church.

The original Abbey dates from 907, being re-founded in 974 as a Benedictine Abbey of nuns.
It survived the monastic dissolution thanks to the faith and foresight of four "Guardians" of the Abbey who petitioned Henry VIII and bought the church for £100. 
The Abbey is a place of prayer and pilgrimage and contains many historical and architectural riches from across its history.

It is said to be not just a building, but living stones which speak of the majesty of God and the love of his Son Jesus Christ for all humanity. 

It's not often that you see the tomb of a child

Part of the original foundations

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

King John's House and Romsey, Hampshire

A stroll around Romsey with a visit to King John's house in the middle of town

Here we see The Corn Exchange in the market square which is now a bank

King John's house contains 750 years of history and there is a museum upstairs
The house was once the major building in a large medieval complex.
It is thought to be the hunting lodge that King John built in Romsey in 1206
There is a rare bone floor inside

Pre- eighteenth century plants flourish in the main garden, including a medieval style herber. There is a Victorian terrace to the south and a fountain courtyard to the north. They have all been designed to reflect the original buildings on the site.

Now on our way the tea room

after which we walked around the perimeter of the town and now passing the Abbey (later post)

which has a kind of mote around part of it

Having walked some lanes with cottages on one side and fields on the other we now come to the river 

before making our way back to the centre of town

Friday, 8 August 2014

Hamble-de-Rice, Hampshire

Hamble-de-Rice - the local village when cat sitting recently
(see previous post)

We will now walk down to the river

The Victory Pub

The King & Queen Pub

The Bugle Pub

Plenty of pubs in such a short walk down and add to those tearooms and coffee shops one could not go hungry nor thirsty

We will just go and sit and watch the world, boats go by

and walk past a few of the houses on the front

Quite nice for an afternoon stroll
down by the river
that leads into the sea on The Solent
opposite to Cowes on the Isle of Wight