im so mad
"What the fuck did [Steve Jobs] do? What’d he do? He told other people what to invent?" — Bill Burr
I just started reading W.H. Hudson’s Afoot in England, and was immediately struck by the beauty of his description of stumbling across a country church standing in the midst of verdant woodland. Being a bit of a church nut, I was able to think of a few around England that are half-hidden in foliage and quite interesting.
The first picture here is of the ‘gypsy church’ near Bramdean Common, Hampshire. This building was erected in 1883 for the use of charcoal burners working in the woods, and for roving tinkers who were passing over the common.
St Beuno’s Church in Culbone, Somerset, is reputedly the smallest in England, with room for around thirty people. It is only accessible via a 1.5 -mile walk through walnut and oak woods.
The Norman church of Saint Materiana in Minster Wood, Boscastle, Cornwall. This is considered to be a very haunted place, and is home to one of Britain’s largest colonies of greater horseshoe bats. Perhaps there’s a connexion…
Finally, All Saints’ is the parish church of West Dean in the Cuckmere Valley, East Sussex. It is nestled on the edge of Friston Forest, and dates from the 11th century.
This is one of my absolute favourite spots in London- the magnificent sweeping curve of Regent Street (above) before it straightens directly northwards to Oxford Circus. Both photos were taken from Piccadilly Circus (below) where there are little traffic islands you can stand on, although my husband did not think this was quite safe. What he ACTUALLY said was he was not going to stand around and watch me die which I think was very melodramatic and really just an excuse to go off to the shops.
Piccadilly Circus is a circus in the sense of a circular street junction; there aren’t any dancing clowns or trapeze artists, although I did see a bearded lady. The Circus, built in 1819, connects Regent Street with the major shopping street of Piccadilly, where the gynormous Waterstones and Hatchard’s (London’s oldest bookstore) are. It also links to Shaftesbury Avenue, the Haymarket, and Coventry Street, which takes you to Leicester Square.
(images mine, taken from the same spot looking in opposite directions)