Just poking around

Trip Start Mar 07, 2014
Trip End Mar 09, 2014

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Where I stayed
Acorn Cottage
What I did
Memorial Park
St Nicholas Church
The Market Cross
The Freedom Sculpture

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Once settled in and unpacked I thought I would go and poke around the town to get a feel of the place.  My little bit of heaven soon extended out from Acorn Cottage.  The sun was still shining so I decided to dispense with our coats.  Yes, Madam Millie has a coat too; three to be exact.  We set off towards the town and within a reasonably short distance discovered the North Walsham War Memorial Park. 

 As I walked into the park (Yarmouth Road gates) I met a local lady walking her pointer.  We spent a bit of time having a yarn (chat) and letting the dogs play before going our separate ways.  The first thing I noticed was this huge sculpture of people climbing over each other.  Were they helping each other top achieve greater height or were they mindlessly stepping on and over each other?  I could not make up my mind then I read the inscription about freedom (I will have to go back to the park to make a note of the exact words).  The sculptor's name was carved on one side and the motto on the other.  Both engravings were set into what I initially thought was a carved gravestone-like symbol.  Looking closer it could be a scroll that the carved persons feet rest on.  I must go back to look at this work of art again.

Walking on, I enter a small garden within the park.  This lies directly behind the Freedom Sculpture.  Inside the small garden lies an fenced enclosure with a monument, similar in shape to a cairn.  It is indeed a memorial.  A memorial to those brave men who fell during WW2.  Simple but beautifully done.  Even Millie dog stopped to pay her respects.  Once out of the Memorial Garden, I cast my eye around the park.  It is a good size park with two children's play areas, some wooden buildings behind the first play area.  These wooden buildings I found out the next day were a small nursery.  A larger grassed area lay beyond and I made a mental note to walk round that the next morning.

The town really is not very far away.  A couple of minutes to the park and a further couple of minutes to get into the town centre.  A five minute walk from Acorn Cottage and I have all the amenities I could wish for: banks, shops, public houses etc.  Even a pet shop that sells yummy doggy treats.  After all, how could I buy myself a cake and not buy Millie dog a treat?

Just as I was coming into the town I came to St Nicholas' church on my right hand side. It is impressive to say the least with some lovely stained glass windows.  It also has a ruined tower which is quite fascinating and gave rise in my head to some disaster that might have happened here.  Why was it never rebuilt I wonder?  I will have to do a little bit more research on this one.  Inside the church the stained glass windows really come alive.  I particularly like the window with the nine panels representing different stories from the Old Testament.  There is a beautifully carved pulpit and a medieval panel separating the chancel from the nave.  St Nicholas' Church deserves an entry all to itself.  Perhaps I will do that and add a few more of the photographs I took of the inside.  But for now I will add a few.

The Market Cross really is quite impressive.  It projects an 'olde worlde' feel about it.  The next morning I 'googled' North Walsham Market Cross and found out some history about it.  According to http://www.northwalshamguide.co.uk/north-walsham-market-and-it-s-cross_87.aspx King Henry III gave a Royal Charter to Walsham allowing a weekly market to be held in the Cross, this being the place lawfully granted in the Market Rental Book of 1391.  The original Cross building was replaced in 1555 then destroyed by fire in 1600.  Bishop Redman rebuilt it in 1602 and since then it has undergone many refurbishments and alterations, the latest being 1984.  I could spend time sitting here in North Walsham sketching; but not this afternoon.  Instead I took some photographs that perhaps I can work from later. 

On the way back to Acorn Cottage I stopped at one or two shops, buying cakes, dog treats and a bottle of red wine.  A nice Rioja would go down nicely with dinner this evening.  Yes, I would cook at the cottage rather than dine out.  It is quite a treat to cook for myself these days, especially when I can have most of my meals cooked for me during term time.
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