Friday, 28 August 2015

Skenfrith embroidered cope Part 2

For some reason Blogger wouldn't let me add all the photos. So here are the rest. They were preparing the church (St Brigits, 800 years old the same as the castle just a few feet away), for a the wedding of a local girl. I wish I could put the heavenly perfume of the sweetpeas and honeysuckle on the blog.

There was an interesting tomb in the church as well.

We had lunch in glorious sunshine in the Bell's garden over the road. And Pimms of course.

Even the bridge is delightful.

On just the other side of the bridge, a mother with her two boys and their dog were playing in the river. How lovely to do this during the school holidays on a hot summer day?
On the way home we stumbled across this castle. It is a private residence and therefore not opened to the public. I asked on a local group about it and one of the members had been a postman who just would walk in and lay the post on the kitchen table or find them in the walled garden if the castle was locked. It is an 800 year old castle heavily refurbished in the 20th century. Pembridge Castle if you wish to Google it. It appears there is scaffolding on one of the towers where a Catholic Bishop was hanged for his faith. I don't think I would like to spend the night there.

Skenfrith embroidered cope (photo heavy) part 1

We went back a few weeks ago with my camera rather than the Iphone I used last time to get some more photos, and lunch. I think this cope is amazing and even though it has had some expert restoration it is amazing to think it is over 500 years old. I took photos of the explantion charts as well, so click on each photo to enlarge and read the information.