Tuesday, 27 April 2021

Broadway and Saintbury

We like visiting the Cotswolds, and since the Stratford Gallery has relocated to Broadwat, it's an added incentive to visit the village. Now that lockdown restrictions have been partly eased, it's good to venture beyond our town and the local walks.

We parked near the central square and started exploring

The shops were open, but I was disappointed to see that Broadway Modern, the art gallery, had closed down.

Everything in this village is so neat and tidy, and just so.

The Cotswold honey-coloured stone is what gives these villages their unique character

it positively glows

Everything is enhanced by the blossom that is everywhere

This is the local deli, which is absolutely wonderful. Don't ask about the car in the window....

They have a traffic light system for going into the shop to facilitate social distance

One of the few detached properties in the village

We couldn't decide if it was warm enough to sit somewhere for lunch so we sat here on a bench for a while to test the situation. We decided we would get too cold sitting outside for any length of time

so we walked back to the car park and made our way home to have lunch there.

A few miles out of Broadway, I commented, as I always do,  on how much I like the spire of a church we see in the distance. This time, we decided to investigate, so turned left, drove up this hill and stopped to have a look

at St Nicholas of Saintbury.

The chuch was built in the 13th century. Some aspects of it though, including the south door provide evidence of an earlier church on the site. The limestone building has stone slate roofs.

The spire above the tower can be seen for miles but the reverse is also true - the views of the Cotswold countryside surrounding the church were breathtaking

unfortunately the church was closed, but we walked around the grounds

some of the graves were very old, like the church itself.

And then, it was time to head off back home.

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