Nowadays the Broads are used mainly for leisure purposes and attract lots of birdwatchers, anglers and people wanting to enjoy a leisurely trip on the water. It is very easy to hire a boat or kayak to take yourself off to explore the waterways.
Monday, 25 October 2021
Out of the main holiday season the boat wasn't too busy and so I spent a few hours gazing out at the water and enjoying a very different kind of scenery.
There were many places where moorings were allowed for all the leisure boats.
It was interesting to see the gardens of some large, expensive houses on the way. It all looks very beautiful but I think I would be very concerned about the frequency of flooding these days.
Thursday, 21 October 2021
Friday, 15 October 2021
Southwold is a small sea side town in Suffolk, East Anglia. It was a town that I had wanted to visit for some time so for a few very sunny days last month I got my wish.
One of the main features of the town is the mid 15th century church of St Edmund. It was built in 1430 and took 60 years to complete.
This is a 20th century statue of St Edmund in the niche above the door.
The church has a number of original features as well as numerous additions and renovations. The thick wooden doors welcoming you into the church are original.
This baptismal font is one of the tallest in the country. Parts of it were hacked off by Cromwell's reformers. It was renovated in 1935. Behind the font on the wall you can see Southwold Jack.
This 15th century figure depicts a soldier of the House of York and dates from the Wars of the Roses (the period in which the church was built). He was designed to strike a bell on the hours and quarters.
The wooden roof is remarkable and full of colour as it would have been in medieval times. It was restored in 1867.
There is a carved angel on the hammerbeams.
In the choir stalls are these wonderful carved figures dating from the late 15th century.
Richly decorated pulpit but I couldn't ascertain its age.
This is a more modern sculpture around the organ console. The organ dates from 1887 but the console from 1966.
On the wall was an effigy of Southwold Jack