Thursday, 4 May 2017
St Agnes, Moseley, a Birthday Meal and Recent Reading
Family chauffeuring in the Kings Heath/Moseley area of Birmingham a few weeks back meant I had an hour to spare so I went along to have a look at St Agnes Church which is part of the Moseley Conservation area.
The church was designed by William Davies in 1881 and the main part was built between 1883 and 1893 in the Gothic style. The tower, designed by architect C E Bateman, was added in 1932.
Unfortunately the door was well and truly locked - I wasn't surprised as I have stopped off at this church on a previous occasion when it was also closed.
Apart from a few memorial plaques near the church wall, there were no gravestones or tombs to look at and I can only assume the churchyard hasn't been used as a burial ground. It was quite "manicured" but there were plenty of trees and shrubs such as this lovely magnolia
and a few bluebells.
Nature always finds a way and there were a few dandelions
and ivy scrambling over a wall.
A Harlequin ladybird in the hedge which surrounds the churchyard.
It was E's birthday last weekend so we visited a new pub for lunch - the 12th century Saxon Mill at Warwick. It was a working mill until 1938 and became a restaurant/pub in 1952. We had a lovely meal there although it was exceedingly busy - I think half of Warwick were there! The car park was full and we had to park in a nearby layby.
Views of the River Avon from the pub garden. We saw a tree creeper foraging in a tree on the terrace and a grey wagtail on the river.
Views of the Avon from the restaurant.
Meals (vegetarian and non-veggie versions)
Horse Chestnuts are "candling"
Near to the pub lie the ruins of Guy Cliffe's house
It is a fascinating area - legend has it that the area of Guy's Cliffe was originally occupied by St Dubritius and later the famous Guy, Earl of Warwick who spent his final years in a cave near the river. The house was built in 1751 by a Samuel Greatheed. The house was used as a hospital during the Great War and a home for evacuated children in the Second World War. The house itself is now a partial ruin due to fire and neglect although you can attend an organised walk round the house and grounds which has been on my wish list of things to do for some time. The chapel of St Mary Magdalene has been used by freemasons since 1955. With all the history you won't be surprised to read that it is also haunted and I understand that you can attend overnight ghost hunts there too!
Unicorn birthday balloon
Photos of Saxon Mill taken either by D or me with the Canon Bridge SX50 HS.
A few of the books I have read recently
This book on Gravestones, Tombs and Memorials is very interesting and stuffed full of facts about the history of burial, tombs and the meaning of gravestone symbols etc. Thanks again to Amanda from The Quiet Walker for inspiring me to look at this topic in more detail.
Another unputdownable Ruth Galloway book!
The same could be said of this Vera Stanhope novel by Ann Cleeves (I have just started the 4th in the series).
Juliet Greenwood is a new author for me - the book title came up in one of those recommended book lists you see on Amazon and I had also seen it on Rosie's Blog (Corners of my Mind). I really enjoyed this book especially reading about the suffragettes.
I love Little Toller Books (only wish I could afford to collect them all!) - this was no exception although probably best to read it in the Winter :)