English Medieval Towns … and their architecture

Happy New Year everyone. I have a feeling that this year will be positive, full of new opportunities and bright experiences.

In my last post I explored London’s fashion and architecture. After being in one of the most fashionable cities in the world, I embarked in a week trip to England’s midlands. Was it cold? you cannot imagine. Was it priceless? you cannot imagine.

The town where I spent most of my time was called Oakham the county town of Rutland (smallest county in England) It lies 17.4 miles east from Leicester, and has a total resident population of 9,975.

There I fell in love with its main church called All Saints Church which was built during the 14th century. I also enjoyed my visit to the Oakham Castle. The interior decoration of the castle is simple and medieval, and it is dominated by hundreds of horseshoes left there by the royals.

All Saints Church

Oakham Castle - Exterior

Horseshoes at Oakham Castle

Walking through the streets of Oakham, specially at night, you can feel as part of a medieval movie and imagine people carrying torches and wearing hooded capes. My favorite street became Dean’s Street which houses some of the oldest cottages in downtown Oakham. You can also appreciate Dutch style roofs.

Oakham Streets

For a couple of weeks we took small trips to a town called Stamford located 100 miles north of London. Stamford used to be a wool town and since them it has retained a lot of  its old architecture. “Many of the buildings are constructed from old Lincolnshire limestone”.  Stamford is house of many churches as well, which I enjoyed visiting and admiring.

Stamford old architecture and stainglass windows

We also paid visit to the most beautiful chapel called Normanton Church. The church stands in front of a man-made reservoir, and it escaped being demolished when the reservoir was built. “It was deconsecrated in 1970 and a Trust was formed to try and ensure its preservation”. You can feel closer to the higher spirits when you reach the back of the church and look towards the water.

Normanton Church

Closer to the higher spirits

Finally we explored the beauty and solitary life of a small village called Hambleton which houses Hambleton Hall where the royals enjoy spending a couple of days a year. In this village we enjoyed a cold Stella and admired the beauty of its small cemetery.

Hambleton Centre and Cemetery

Enough snow for now. I must admit England is beautiful and full of history. Where will I head in the year 2011 … don’t know yet, and I must say, Colombia is calling.

Till next post …

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