070420.Weston, Pissed (I’m Sinking Here)

April 20, 2007 at 1:57 AM | Posted in Bath, somerset, towns, Weston | 2 Comments

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Again, internet troubles. Turns out I can’t get to most of the photos I have in reserve. This is the only unposted photo I had available on flikr, the rest being too far in the past to retrieve.
Somehow, this could even be an appropriate post since this pub, the Crown and Anchor, is currently being renovated…and, as it turns out, so is this site.
I’m now at the library computers, near and listening to the disco. Expect vitriolic Uni-fueled rants when I’m back online if they don’t cave to my demands.
In other news, the Southgate Merchant’s Passage Mall followed the Dorchester Street Dairy and was demolished yesterday. Expect pictures in a manner as timely as the Uni allows.

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070311.Weston, All Saints Pevsner Architectural Church Chat

March 11, 2007 at 1:15 AM | Posted in Architecture, Bath, Cathedrals and churches, cemeteries - churchyards - and tombstones, Monuments and Memorials, Pevsner, somerset, Tabernacles, Weston | 9 Comments

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Summarized from All Saints’ Website:
An early church is mentioned by Pope Adrian IV in a 1156 Bull. Jordanus, the first vicar, arrives at Weston in 1297. In the 15th Century, “All Hallows” Church is built but is demolished in 1830 to create a larger space for a growing community with only its original tower surviving. The church bells were recast by Thomas Belbie at Chewstoke in 1739, and were repaired and retuned between 1952-1953.

The new church of “All Saints” was consecrated on June 2, 1832. It shares some similarities with Pinch’s other works at St. Mary the Virgin, Bathwick and St. Saviour, Larkhall, although both of those examples were newbuilds and are defined by tall western towers, whereas All Saints is more diminished. New seating with new transcepts and a chancel were added between 1880 and 1893, and new “clergy and choir vestries were added in 1909.”[1] The church furnishings and internal program have been remodeled several times since then and recently a restoration was undertaken of the tower. Near the tower door is a 19th century font, and on the West Gallery are displayed William and Mary’s royal coat of arms.

On the south aisle there is the St Alphege window, which “commemorates the famous saint whom tradition says was born in Weston (St Alphege became the Abbot of Bath Abbey and then Archbishop of Canterbury). Also depicted is Guthram, King of the Danes, submitting to King Alfred and accepting Christianity.” In the south transept, there is a “monument to Alderman Sherston dated 1641. He was Mayor of Bath in 1632. “In a niche in the north wall of the chancel is found the oldest monument in the church from the 12-13th century. This is a stone coffin lid that was found under the south porch during the rebuilding of the church in 1830.” Other monuments include a 1699 honoring John Harrington of Kelston, a monument to “Dr William Oliver (of biscuit fame) whose family owned Weston Manor for many years.”[1]

There are over 90 tablets in the churchyard and many more within the church with some going back to the 12th Century. The church kept excellent records which indicated that most of those buried here had no connection with the town but chose the spot for their final repose because it was an idyllically isolated community far from the smog and congestion of Bath. This popularity lasted for over 200 years. I’ll post more on this later but one includes Thomas Baldwin’s monument to Thomas Warr Attwood.
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There are over 90 tablets in the churchyard and many more within the church with some going back to the 12th Century. The church kept excellent records which indicated that most of those buried here had no connection with the town but chose the spot for their final repose because it was an idyllically isolated community far from the smog and congestion of Bath. This popularity lasted for over 200 years. I’ll post more on this later but one includes Thomas Baldwin’s monument to Thomas Warr Attwood.

“Other than the simple C15 Perp[endicular] w[est] tower, the church was rebuilt in 1830-2 by John Pinch the Younger. E Harbottle of Exeter added the chancel and transecpts in 1893m and Mowbray A. Green a memorial chapel in 1921. Nave and aisles. Tall lancet-like three-light windows with four-centred arches and Perp tracery. Battlemetns and pinnacles. Arcade of tall piers of Perp section carrying four-centred arches. The nave is broad and low with a rear gallery….” [2]
“Plate: Chalice and Cover 1572; Apostle Spoon 1614; Chalice and Paten 1692; Flagon 1739. ” [3]

1-2: All Saints, Weston Web site
3: Michael Forsyth, Bath (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003), 295.
4: Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England: North Somerset and Bristol, (Harmondsworth, Middlesex: Penguin Books, 1958), 334.

070307.Weston, Take Notice, You

March 7, 2007 at 2:14 AM | Posted in Bath, Chisel Marks, somerset, Weston | 6 Comments

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“TAKE NOTICE
This Bridge is insufficient to carry weight beyond the orginary traffic and owners of locomotives or other vehicles carrying great wight will be held responsible for any damage that may occur there from by order of the Bath Rural District Council.”

But…what bridge?!

Saw this yesterday while walking along the Cotswald Way Footpath and had to “take notice,” especially since the there was no bridge. The road this sign was on was a paved four lanes with sidewalks, which is a true rarity around this county. It led into a cookie-cutter suberbia filled with cul-de-sacs and little else–certainly no rivers. Is this sign just a relic from the past? Was it moved her for sentimental reasons? Why is there a crack right next to it?

One thing that piqued my interest (apart from the obvious lack of water) was that this sign was well off the four-lane road and even past the sidewalk. Would a trucker really stop on this slight hill, get out and read the painted metal plaque (or the choo-choo locomotive operator)? This is a dated sign. I saw the sign before I saw that it was dated but its out of the way location made me think it was expired or now part of a suburban householder’s lawn decoration.Where are the immediately recognizable symbols?!

I believe (don’t quote me on this) it was on the architect and urban planner cruise to Athens and the Greek Islands in the early 1930s, which was organized by LeCorbusier (I’m too lazy to look this info up right now but I’ll get back to it in another post) that formalized the symbols we see everyday (symbols for men and women on the lavatories, etc.) I just found this example in breaking down the jury for the Scooter Libby (Convicted Felon/Traitor) Trial.
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Basically, what I’m trying to say is that international symbols for commonplace and cautionary items/directions are commonplace themselves–they’re everywhere but here on this plaque.

Conversely, if you see a crack find the reason. Sometimes it could be obvious such as this plaque right nearby. So I did some snooping, trespassed on a few lawns and found a bubbling creek over 50 feet away that was headed toward this wall but disapeared into a pipe (presumably that ran under this road).

Solved! The bridge disappeared when the road was widened for this suburban neighborhood. The water was mostly diverted but the rest of it went into a pipe that was covered by the new road, however, the old creek’s silt build up caused a slow process of soil settlement that eventually cracked this wall.

I dunno, anyone agree with me. Or was it a car? Tree? Colony of lime mortar-munching hamsters? (Just don’t say Godzilla, we killed him off in Walcot.)

Today I’m going in a quarry that’s really a mine! And after I post images of that we’ll get back to damaged walls! I know! You love canals, now you’ll love walls!

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