A very different bench as it’s part of the village’s old stocks – a form of Medieval punishment for minor crimes. The transgressor couldn’t escape as their legs were put through the holes and chained. The rest of the village would then jeer and pelt them with rotten food.
I’m not sure how much of this scene is original!
This is at the top of Station Hill outside the disused Royal Mail sorting office. The hill’s quite steep, but this is the first time I’ve seen it being used.
I’m also pondering the flowers as they’re quite different to those seen elsewhere in the centre of town. I’m wondering if they were provided by someone other than the Town Council.
A lovely spot for lunch…
… which is what we had immediately after this photo was taken 🙂
A lovely, tranquil garden whose peace was being shattered at the time this photo was taken (last Sunday afternoon), as there was a dance class taking place in the building in front of my bench sitters.
These two ladies were competely oblivious to the world whirling around them and talked loudly and animatedly to each other in their own language. They were a delight to hear and see.
I took the photo during a brief interlude when they weren’t surrounded by other shoppers. Behind them is the old Woolworths shop – empty since early last December – in spite of a local’s attempts to try and get something going along the lines of Wellworths, which opened a few months ago in Dorchester.
Benches from pre railway nationalisation when the Great Western Railway (aka Great Way Round) reigned supreme. Judging by the lettering they must date from the 1920s or 1930s.
For some reason the bloke in the advert reminds me of Iggy Pop.
This the Hampton Court in Herefordshire!
Just outside the more formal gardens is a wide open space with picnic benches. Nearby is this more inviting bench simply fashioned from felled timber from the estate. Judging by the scuffed area around it, it’s well used.
Early last Saturday at Chippenham station, on the way to see the Banksy exhibition in Bristol.