Today Mark and I decided to be tourists in our own area (as it's halfterm and Mark is also on holiday). We decided to explore the little town of Pershore, by the River Avon. We started out by the historic Pershore Bridges. These concrete cylinders are anti-tank defences from the Second World War.
There's a pannel which explains how the whole area could have been turned into a 'stop line' if the Germans had invaded.
There also further pannels explaining how the central arch of the this bridge was demolished by the Cavaliers when they retreated through Pershore during the Civil War. The Parliamentarian troops quickly repaired the bridge with different coloured stone. You can still see the repair clearly today.
We walked along the river bank for a couple of miles then followed the waymarked track up into the woodland. These logs had just been felled and they smelled amazing.
Eventually we made our way down off the hill and back towards the Abbey. This lovely building is practically on our doorstep but I've never been in before.
This beautiful carving dates from 972, when the current building was errected. There's been a religious building on the site since the third century.
This is the choir of the original Abbey - all that remains of a much larger building. Henry VIII had a lot to answer for here!
There are some lovely Victorian stained glass windows. I was taken with the fact that there is an unusual amount of blue glass here...
Now my parents are coming round for Sunday dinner shortly. I decided to have a 'spring' them to my table this evening....
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