Archive for May, 2008

Officially, this is an adventure park for children. But actually, adults can have as much fun here as their offsprings. Welcome to Bewilderwood! (near Wroxham)

Who lives here? Can’t be very tall…

The owners have put a lot of effort and ideas into this place. They invented magic characters whom you meet in the woods, and you can try your braveness in all kind of little adventures. Very nice indeed, but best with kids…


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5 Brothers praying
Adam & Eve

The bosses in Norwich Cathedral are unique and stunning pieces of art. Most of the photos on this page come from here.

Alewife’s tale

Last Supper

Christ teaching

“The medieval wooden nave roof was destroyed by fire after a lightening strike in 1463, following which stone vaulting replaced wood, and gave the opportunity to follow what had earlier been done in the cloister in the 1300s when hundreds of painted narrative roof bosses were set at the joining points of the structural ribs.¬† In total there are now over a thousand painted bosses in the church and cloister, the majority of which are either components of a meta story (like the story of the world or the life of Jesus) or individual events. ” (see website)

Noah’s Ark

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Trunch Village

The village of Trunch is located in Norfolk, between North Walsham and Mundesley, just two miles off the coast. It hoasts a pub, The Crown Inn, the medieval church of St Botolph’s, a village shop and post office. It once also had a brewery. Around 1000 people are today living in Trunch.

The Crown offers very good beer and home cooked food. Once a year, a beer festival with life music takes place.

enjoying a nice pint of ale

Trunch hosts the 14th-century church of St Botolph’s. The church is famous for its carved and painted wood canopy.

Only four such canopies still exist in England.

St Botolph’s also features a hammerbeam roof with carved angels, as well as medieval misericords under the seats in the chancel. Lord Nelson‘s daughter is said to have been married in the church.

To provide money urgently needed for building repair, the Trunch Crisis Group organises regularly concerts which take place in this beautiful atmosphere.

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We had a great birthday party of Anna Florenzia in Cromer, and it all ended on Cromer Pier. As you can see, lots of fun – without drinks, drugs, fags…

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East Anglia has the greatest concentration of medieval churches in England and probably Europe. Norfolk alone has 650 medieval churches.

All Saints’ Church at Edingthorpe

Saxons built large numbers and many of our churches today either exist on the same sites or retain some Saxon work. The Normans, who conquered England in the eleventh century, lost no time in building or rebuilding churches. Their work is characterised by its massiveness and consequently much of their building survives. And in the middle ages the great wealth of the wool barons ensured that the finest masons and craftsmen were commissioned.(Richard Tilbrook)

Edingthorpe Church

“Sadly much has been destroyed, firstly at the coming of the Reformation in the mid 16th cent. and a hundred years later by over zealous Puritans at the time of Oliver Cromwell. Since then much more was allowed allowed to fall into neglect. Finally, in the nineteenth century, the industrious Victorians imposed many of their dubious “improvements” doing away with much that was old and beautiful although, to their credit, they did a great deal of valuable work saving churches from dereliction. What is left to us is a priceless legacy; and every one has its own unique character and charm.to undertake the building, enlarging and furnishing of churches” (Richard Tilbrook)

Medieval wooden angels in the roof structure at Knapton Church

Unfortunately, many of the churches are in urgent need of repair, and there is hardly any money available for this purpose. Villagers try to make the churches “work” by organising concerts and cultural events such as art exhibitions whose proceeds go to the churches’ funds.

Trunch Church St Botolph not only has an extraordinary acoustic for all kind of concerts. It also features a very rare font.

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Norwich Cathedral

Norwich Cathedral is more than 900 years old and the main symbol of this fine city.

“The structure of the cathedral is primarily in the Norman style, having been constructed at the behest of Bishop Herbert de Losinga between the late 11th century and about 1145. The cathedral is built of flint and mortar faced with limestone brought in from Caen.

The bosses of the vault number over 1,000. Each is decorated with a theological image and have been described as without parallel in the Christian world.
“Solomon and the Cathedral”

“God the Creator”

The Cloisters

Cathedral Organ

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For more than 100 years, Cromer has been one of Norfolk’s most popular seaside resorts. Today, it combines the charme of the past with bustling streets, galleries, pubs and small restaurants.

Cromer Crabs, a well known delicacy:
“Crab are a large part of the income of the town of Cromer. Historically the crab were only caught in the summer months, in autumn the fishermen brought Herring to the town, and winter cod was the main catch. This has now changed to solely bringing crab and lobster to the town.
The Cromer Crab in particular are known for their tender flesh, and high proportion of white meat to dark. The fleet has reduced to about a dozen boats, looking after about 200 crab pots, meaning that it is even more of a specialty!
Cromer Crab can be eaten on their own and are a great ingredient in Crab Recipes.”

“With its pier and its two museums, wide open beaches, spectacular cliffs, its famous pier show, its cinema with three screens, there’s lots to enjoy in Cromer. The streets of Cromer today are little removed from how they looked in the Victorian era. Most of the great landmarks, many of which were created by the well-to-do Victorian “summer timers”, still stand as familiar to the holiday makers of today as they were to their counterparts a hundred years ago.

Cromer does however have a much more ancient history than that, the magnificent church is a medieval legacy, a relic from the days when Cromer was still known as Shipden – a modest settlement of fishermen and merchants.” (Cromer website)

“By the 1890s Cromer was fashionable and booming. Many fine residences were built and the Urban District Council saw that the infrastructure – drainage, roads, schools, electricity and so on – was the best. In 1900 a new pier were erected and the promenade, first built sixty-five years before, was lengthened and enhanced. The suburban development of the 20th century, particularly of the post-war period has seen the town expand in every direction.

The Town’s reputation for crab fishing is undiminished. You can still watch the crab boats arrive every morning with their catch. There are several small fish shops in town where you can buy one of the day’s catch and virtually every eating place will have a crab dish on the menu.” (Cromer website)

Cromer Pier at night

“June in Cromer”, by Gena Ivanov

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