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Out and about in the autumn

Its been good to have a few days off from work – Im very bad at taking any time off  and certainly havent taken the suggested four weeks off this year – but thats been partly as I havent wanted to be far from my mum who is still very frail in her nursing home.

But there are so many lovely places to visit not many miles from Little Paxton – and my first blog is about my trip to Ramsey today.

church looking at west tower

After a baked spud in a Ramsey pub I headed for the Church of St Thomas a Becket.  It is splendidly open – the front porch door wide open for anyone to go in. The guide book  says that ” It has an unusual origin: it was not built as a church at all, but as a hospital – that is a guest house for pilgrims, or perhaps a hospital which was founded c 1180 and seems to have been dissolved before 1291″ … The chancel was built in pure Norman style c 1180…. the lectern is probably  the oldest double lectern in the country c 1450… the nave has been described as ” singularly  elegant and light, simple and refined”.

The font Pevsner dates to 13th….. there are many other fine features in the church but due to it being rather dark in there, my humble camera wouldnt play with me. There is an excellent web-site:

http://stthomasabecket.org.uk/ for those who cant get enough about church architecture.

Outside is the most attractive green with large pond with some lovely elegant period properties alongside it.  I also found a little lane with some delapidated cottages crying out to be restored…

old cottages 2

Ripe for restoration – though they looked a bit challenged structurally.

The Abbey Gatehouse is in the care of The National Trust ( or was it EH?)  and is reached across another wide green which today was covered with autumn leaves.

gatehouse across green

close up of gatehouse

very close up of green man

This carving high up on the gatehouse I reckon is a green man.

The Abbey at Ramsey has along and notable  history:

Ramsey Abbey was founded in 969 by Saint Oswald, Bishop of Worcester through the gift of a local magnate, Æthelwine. The foundation was part of the mid-10th century monastic revival (when Ely and Peterborough were also refounded). It paid 4000 eels yearly in Lent to Peterborough Abbey for access to their quarries of Barnack limestone.

In the order of precedence for abbots in Parliament, Ramsey was third after Glastonbury and St. Alban’s.[1]

The abbey prospered until the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Stone from the abbey was used to build Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, King’s College, Cambridge and Trinity College, Cambridge.

The above from Wikipedia.

There were other interesting things to see in Ramsey – I saw an angel in a cafe

angel in ramsey

and a duck at the pond with a fine face

hgandsome duck

I would thoroughly  recommend a trip to Ramsey for an afternoon and maybe you might see an angel too.

the green ansd abbey college

October 30, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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