Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Painswick



We drove to Painswick, a real Cotswold centre, but with a terrible traffic problem.  In the churchyard, an award-winning conversion of an industrial building: the former grave-digger's hut has been transformed into a tourist information centre.  Later, we saw an even more imaginative repurposing: a Gents' toilet converted into a tiny art gallery called "The Loovre".  It still has the word "Men" above the door.

We walked out of Painswick and up to an ancient hill fort.  Of course if you have defensive earthworks you might as well make use of them - in this case, as a golf-course.




  From the top, in one direction, you could see down to the Severn Estuary.  The "Coloured counties" were all laid out before us.


A quarry, with massive blocks of Cotswold stone ready for processing.


Back across fields and woods to Painswick where we saw these Victorian stocks ready for use by the churchyard.



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