2012 Trip to Denmark and England travel blog

Clare Priory Craft Fair

Example of wooden family tree

Finchingfield sign

Mill at Finchingfield


Sunday, July 15, 2012

We walked from our cottage over to Stoke College grounds which is right next door to catch the bus to ride to the Craft Fair at Clare Priory. It was a very nice craft fair with a wide variety of crafts. Lots of jewelry, handmade paper things, knitwear and sewn things, wooden things and iron wear, photography, original artwork, glasswork. There was food available, but there didn't seem to be anyplace to sit down to eat or a lot of entertainment.

The priory was founded in 1248, the oldest Augustinian house in England, formed at the invitation of Richard de Clare. It was suppressed in 1538 and restored in 1950s after WWII at the request of the local land owner. They're now in a fund raising campaign to rebuild the church which is “venerable, historic, drafty and leaky.”

Mike and Paulette ordered a family tree from a guy who's going to make it for them out of wood. It will have their family name, Mike, Paulette, Tom, Anna and Landyn on it. He'll deliver it to us before we leave. He told us that Michael Atherton was a famous cricket player.

Came back to the cottage and brought in the washing I had hung out this morning, then we drove to Finchingfield which Roland had told us was the most photographed village in England. It has a post mill which is open and on Sunday afternoon so that we were able to go up in the mill. Had some tea and scones and then went on to have a look at Thaxted which is really not very far away.

On that drive we were delighted by a place where we crossed a ford in the town of Steeple Bumpsted. There's a marker that shows that the water sometimes can be 6 feet deep. It was about 3 or 4 inches deep when we drove through it. The GPS directed us to turn on that street, by the way.

Came back to the cottage to eat supper, then Jim, Mike and I followed a walk around the edge of Stoke, through fields to the east end of town.

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