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Kings Lynn Hanse Festival


Now despite growing up in Norfolk, I have to admit I had not heard of the Hanse Festival last weekend!


The festival celebrates Kings Lynn history with ‘Die Hanse’ a mediaeval league of towns around the Baltic and North Sea with trading links, formed when German merchants from the Baltic and Hamburg secured trading privileges with Kings Lynn in 1271.


We did not get to see all of the Hanse festival at the weekend, but I was fascinated with the actors celebrating the medieval traders, their knowledge of their trades and their enthusiasm in telling their stories was brilliant.  I learnt a great deal from them, and could have listened a lot longer if it were not for the tired nieces!


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Bath Abbey

abbey look up

I decided to be a tourist myself in Bath recently, rather than just dashing into town, doing my shopping and escaping quickly before the street are full of visitors, which is my normal mode!

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I spent a fascinating visit to Bath Abbey absorbing the atmosphere and just realising how lucky I am to live near such a beautiful building.  The fan roof is especially stunning, and certainly got me looking up!

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The roof was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott who carried out a number of repairs to the Abbey in the Victorian era and was to replace the crumbling plaster and lathe ceiling that existed prior to this.


lightSir George Gilbert Scott also commissioned a famous metalworker from Coventry, Francis Skidmore, to make the large beautiful gas chandeliers which still hang in the Abbey today. These were converted to electricity in 1979.






One of the more recent additions to the Abbey are the acoustic quire screens. These screens are beautifully decorated with a frieze of twelve carved angels playing musical instruments and looking jauntily down on you.


main altar


The main altar is currently displaying the Trinity Altar Frontal which depicts the springs of living water from the Book of Revelation.



The moving Gethsemane Chapel includes a book of remembrance and the frontal altar is dedicated to the use of Amnesty International.  It is designed to suggest peace beyond suffering, life beyond death, with barbed wire representing the restrictions and barriers of this world and thorns as are our personal problems. If we can break through these obstacles we find our own Garden of Gethsemane where we can leave the past behind and find peace and God.

edgar stained glass

The stained glass window above shows the coronation of the first King of all England, King Edgar who was crowned on this site in 973.

There is much more to see and learn about this fascinating building, I guess I need to male further visits!



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Don’t live life on the edge!

myhouseEXOne of the blogs I personally enjoy following is that of Rev’d Claire Maxim, the blog has nothing to do with my working life, but does appeal to my spiritual life.  However, for me the two coincided in a recent post, when Rev’d Claire mentioned a map that had been given to her by one or her new parishioners of her local area.  If you should want a similar map, we can oblige, creating OS 1:25,000 or 1:50,000 of your chosen location in England, Scotland or Wales, where for once you can be at the centre of the map, and not on the edge!  Furthermore, we can also create historical maps of your chosen location as well!


The Great Goodbye

Shildon 2Mapsareus, was fortunate recently to find himself in the north of England, at the time of the Great Goodbye event at Shildon, National Railway Museum, when the remaining six A4 class engines came together for the last time.  The Mallard and Sir Nigel Gressley were joined by Bittern, Union of South Africa, Dominion of Canada, and Dwight D Eisenhower.  The latter two locomotives were brought over the Atlantic especially for the event, and can be seen at Shildon until just after Easter.

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Shildon 4

Did you get a chance to see these icon locomotives when they were all gathered together?

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Historic Maps

alangodfreyWe have had a lot of interest recently in the ‘new’ historic map of our home town of Melksham!

Alan Godfrey who publishes these maps clearly loves local history and virtually every map is accompanied by text on the reverse describing the history of the area, or a local directory of businesses of the time of the map.  We are constantly updating our website to keep up with the range produced by Alan Godfrey Maps, so if you can’t see your local area now, please check with us, and it may be added soon!

These maps are a ‘must’ for anyone who enjoys local history or researching their family tree, and at £2.50 – £3.25 each, they are easily affordable!


Lake District

lakes2I have been editing our website recently and got to the section on the Lake District; i could not help remembering the great holiday K and I enjoyed there a few years ago.  We were there in July, but true to form, it was cloudy and rainy on several days.  However, the weather enhanced the beauty of this iconic area, with the fells playing ‘hide and seek’ in the mist.  Yet on other days we had brilliant sunshine and I remember on one occasion sitting by Buttermere in complete isolation except for a family of ducks!  It is a part of the county I would love to visit again, and continue to explore, it the meantime I have settled for the raised relief map of the Lake District as a reminder!lakes1

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What to do with old maps!

mapchairI have now found out why my desk was covered with glue and scraps of paper earlier this week!  A ‘crafty’ friend is currently making this beautiful map chair covered with old British road maps!   When it is complete the chair will be sold to raise funds for the Wiltshire Scrap Store, who have already sold similar chairs covered with scraps of comics and wall paper.

I am looking forward to seeing the finished product.