pullution of the river severn.

These photos have been taken over the past week.

and has been reported to severn trent water.

waste of public money

more rain and its going to be this

Powys council to prepare flood risk strategy

Council bosses in Powys will prepare their own strategy to prevent flooding misery in Mid Wales, it has emerged.

Read more: http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2011/11/15/powys-council-to-prepare-flood-risk-strategy/#ixzz1eMGux8fm

as I walked to the town  the heavens opened up and down came the rain  for the past few weeks all that has been coming down are the leaves  nature is at work so its natural that leaves come off the trees in Autumn.   the leaves in turn get trapped in crevaces   hedges and whatever acts as a windbreaker  such as all these new grids that have been put along paths and short cuts away from the road gutters,

For the past few months Powys council have spent thousands on making a walking area  from the Bus station  to the rail station. ok” it looks very nice and people can see where thier money has been spent. but was it practical  and was it needed? if we are going to have a new  much needed bypass.

Newtown, Powys, bypass plans to be unveiled

Plans for a bypass in Newtown, Powys, will be unveiled to the public this summer following a campaign spanning more than half a century.

Read more: http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2010/08/05/newtown-powys-bypass-plans-to-be-unveiled/#ixzz1eMBilFFz

a blockage ouside the library where passing vehicles can give the pedestrians a good soaking. and I with a question   what was the point of wasting  our money on things that do not work, all i see are places to get a good soaking. and if I want that I have a shower.

oil patches near the kerb.

Even the entrance to Ladywell precict has a few puddles that can be walked through

Bear lanes precinct here we are warned that the floor is wet even though there are no puddles or passing vehicles to splash water on us, the reason for these cones is! the council are afraid of being sued by anybody slipping on this surface in a public place, so I wonder if I can claim for new clothes that have been soiled by passing vehicles with dirty water caused by public spending on unwanted and not needed footpath drains that clearly do not work.

St Mary’s Church

. St. Mary’s was the parish church until it was abandoned due to flooding in the 1840s and replaced by St. David’s. The low western tower is possibly 13th century although with later windows. There is a timber bell-stage. The ruinous nave originally had a south aisle. There are two doors through the south wall and a piscina. Inside is a mausoleum for the Price family of Newtown Hall and outside, the grave of Robert Owen (1771-1858) the social reformer who was born in Newtown and died at the Bear Hotel. The monument is by Alfred Toft of 1902 with a portrait of Owen and labourers. It has railings in fine Art Nouveau ironwork.

St Mary’s, Newtown



Situated on the banks of the Severn, the old church dedicated to the Virgin Mary was built of stone from the river bed and consisted of a double aisle surmounted by a wooden belfry at the North West angle, typical of Montgomeryshire churches.  It has been dated as 13th century.

During the next century a carved wooden rood screen was erected between chancel and nave, the work of craftsmen known as the “Newtown School of carvers”. Other examples of their work exist at Llanwnog and Llananno.  When the church was finally abandoned in 1856 the screen was removed to the Rectory and stored there until it was eventually used to construct the Lady Chapel in the new parish church and dedicated by the Bishop of the Diocese in July 1938. The old font was also taken to the new building.custom_image

In the body of the church stands a mausoleum erected over the tomb of the Pryce family in 1900.

The church was subject to constant flooding from the nearby river which weakened the fabric and led to its decay and eventual abandonment; although mission services were held in the Tower during the summer months for about 10 years prior to the turn of the century.

2011 photo
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Alongside the South wall stands the Tomb of Robert Owen (1771-1858), the social reformer and educationist, a native of the town.  In 1902 the co-operative movement erected the railings and bronze plaques around the Tomb as a memorial to him. The churchyard gates were given by his son, Mr. Dale Owen.By the 1930′s the building had become very dilapidated, the roof had collapsed and the burial ground overgrown, but around 1938 the incumbent and a number of other public spirited townsfolk set up a committee to restore the Tower and lay out  the grounds as a public garden using public subscriptions to finance the work.  On July 27th, 1978 the area was formally handed over to the Town Council on a 99 year lease who undertook to carry out regular maintenance to provide this quiet oasis in the town centre.
custom_imageTo the South East lies an area occupied till the late 1930′s by a row of small black and white cottages and adjacent to them stood a large tannery. This was demolished in 1983 and the site used to develop a housing complex to be named St. Mary’s Close. Architects : Mid Wales Development Corporation. Builders : Evans & Owen, Caersws.In the body of the church stands a mausoleum erected over the tomb of the Pryce family in 1900.

.one of 3 windows to the tower.

headstones placed inside what would have been the church itself thye only stones readable are the ones made from slate.

My last holiday in egypt

Whats this!

 Egypts attempt at elf and safety.from Cairo to Suez and and Siwa  see the rest of my last holiday snaps on .http://wildaboutwales.wordpress.com/.

this rare de soto in Ismalea

A dennis fire engine in Alexandria

fishermans friends, on the breakwaters in Alexandria.

in Egypt some men make mosques in the sand as a boy I made sand castles’


China or is that Chinese.

real China was  made in Britain


Welsh I do not think so the labels say made in China so they are chinese not Welsh

Do not see any good China in the shop.

The coracle is a small, lightweight boat of the sort traditionally used in Wales. here its on display at the alternative energy day held in the powys council grounds, the corracle originaly was made with animal skin to make it bouyant .today its has a waterproof marerial made in China.

Beijing Gold Beer, Traditional, Premium Chinese Beer, smooth, low carbonated, to drink with oriental, spicy food. how many pubs have been closed in the uk over the past years how many breweries have gone bancrupt. and yet they can import this beer all the way from China and sell it cheaper than local beer.

Halloween!! Everything on this stand in Tesco's is made in China

mowers from China

its ok. I too can resist anything but Temptation

what is this  temptation .  I cannot resist putting my thoughts in when countries like China have the audacity to call us british Lazy.  All I have to say is I am glad the British have kite marks  . living in Egypt for 8 years opened my eyes as to the total rubbish the chinese make and sell to the poor or 3rd world countries.  motor bikes with names like.  keweseki   dayjong cost three thousand Egp  thats £300  cheap i hear you say.   not so when they only last 6 to 12 months. and a wage in Egypt is only $20 per month. Mubarak had an agreement with the Chinese  if they gave money to build certain museums  such as the entrance museum to the valley of the |Kings  they would buy cars and  phase out the peugot 505 taxis  any one that was older than 30 years  the owner was  forced to buy a new car made in China, 3 million Taxies in Cairo alone  4 years down the line  most  taxies have reverted back to the old peugot.s and skoda’s. as they cannot get parts for the chinese rubbish cars that were forced on the taxi owners.  this is how the corrupt regime  of Egypt went about forcing the sale of  the crap vehicles   there is no road tax as such in Egypt. vehicles are charged once an yer and given a drivers licence each taxi is 1000 LE per year then they had the fines   if they did not have money to give the bent road cop  they were given a paper to say they pay the fine  in the court. each driver has to go to the court building to renew his licence each year,  when it came to the time of selling the new cars from China  the fine was more than a new car.  so in order to keep the licence they had to get a new car.   now if the car owner wished to keep the old car on the road all he had to pay was the thousand thus  giving a job to another driver and forcing the owner to be an employer  creating more revenue for the regime.   for those who have been to egypt and wondered why a small place like Luxor  has over 3000 taxies. now you know.  every week  a young lad gets killed on a motorbike in luxor. the simple reason being they have no licence and far too often they are under age to ride. if stopped   10 egp would keep the cop happy.  not much for a life is it.  but then amongst the Muslim life is as cheap as the rubbish they are forced to buy.

Walk about the town

St Davids Church newtown

Morris and Wolseley Garage gas st Newtown

Wolseley illuminating radiator badge

Wolseley-Siddeley Tourer 1908

Wolseley-Siddeley Tourer 1909

Wolseley 25/6 4-door Saloon 1937
last wolseley was produced in 1975 Wolseley Six (BMC ADO17) .

Morris badge, on a Royal Mail van

1927 Morris Cowley

File:Morris.minor.bristol.750pix.jpgmorris minor more than 1.3 million were manufactured between 1948 and 1971.

the miniture steam train Charles Darwin

reflctyons in the river severn newtown.

Under the Dolerw suspension bridge in Dolerw park.

Fly fishing

A lesson in Fly fishing

mushrooms in the dew.

calm waters on the severn river

reflection in the severn river of Dolerw bridge

Leather boots

ZUG leather boots

Never heard of   boots called ZUG.  these boots I was told are 70 years old and only on display in the window  original hob nails  and leather laces in matching brown.  after looking up zug hobnail boots   find these are old German military boots.  last pair sold on eBay,  value about £15.00


As seen in the shoe repairers window on High street Newtown ,


Welsh bridge Shrewsbury

Frankwell bridge better known as the Welsh bridge Shrewsbury
Frankwell foot bridge
under frankwell footbridge
Quatum leap a structure between the two Frankwell bridges

A £450,000 piece of art has been unveiled to the public in Shrewsbury to mark the bicentenary of Charles Darwin.

The 12-metre-high (40 feet) sculpture, entitled Quantum Leap, has been built in Mardol Quay Gardens, opposite Theatre Severn.

The new sculpture has attracted grant funding, making the cost to local taxpayers about £300,000.

Darwin’s great, great grandson Randal Keynes officially unveiled the sculpture on 8 October.2009

The design represents Darwin’s ideas and his impact on the scientific world,

The Quarry footbridge
an under shot
Quarry footbridge
click to enlarge

Charles Darwin, poet Sir Philip Sidney, his biographer, Fulke Greville, Astronomer Royal Martin Rees, authors Samuel Butler and Nevil Shute, and broadcasters such as John Peel and Michael Palin,,scholars from shrewsbury school.

Shrewsbury school and rowing club
Shrewsbury school bridge

Shrewsbury school bridge

Shrewsbury school bridge
foot bridge nearest the english bridge over the severn at shrewsbury
English bridge at Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury Abbey


A Brief History of Shrewsbury Abbey

GOD has been worshipped in this place for over one thousand years, initially in a small Saxon church and subsequently in this great Benedictine Abbey Church of SS Peter and Paul which was founded by Roger de Montgomery, a relative of William the Conqueror in 1083.

During the following 450 or so years it grew to become one of the most important and influential abbeys in the land; the relics of the Welsh Saint Winefride were brought to the Abbey in 1147, and the building became an important centre of pilgrimage.

In 1283 the first English Parliament in which the Commons had a legal share took place in the Abbey Chapter House, and in 1398 Richard II summoned the Great Parliament in the Abbey.
The Abbey was finally surrendered to the Crown in January 1540 and although much was destroyed, the nave has since served as the Church for the Parish of the Holy Cross.

In the nineteenth century a huge programme of restoration took place, but in the event financial constraints compelled the building of only part of the plan and everything to the east of the pulpit and lectern are the work of J L Pearson, dating from 1886. Any thoughts of the Pearson plans being completed were lost in the tensions of the Great War (1914-1918) – vividly portrayed in the poetry of Wilfred Owen whose home was in the Abbey parish and whose name is on the war memorial in the church.

The site of Shrewsbury Abbey is a very ancient one. A wooden Saxon church of St. Peter, possibly a small monastery, was recorded here in the Domeday Survey. St. Wulfstan, the Bishop of Worcester (from 1062), used to stop there to pray on his journeys between Chester and his own See.

The Benedictine Abbey of today, however, is a post-Conquest foundation, dedicated to St. Peter and St. Paul. It was in 1083 that the priest of St. Peter’s, returning from a pilgrimage to Rome, persuaded Roger de Montgomery, the newly appointed Earl of Shrewsbury, to raise the already existing church into a grand abbey. Roger had two monks brought from his lands in Sées (Normandy) to direct the building arrangements and monastic life was established four years later. Fulchered, the first Abbot, also came from Sées. The founder himself took the vows in his Abbey in 1094, three days before his death.

Though the Abbey flourished, during the early twelfth century, the monks of Shrewsbury apparently felt their monastery incomplete for the lack of the relics of a special patron to honour and bring glory to the name of God – not to mention lucrative offerings from vast hoards of pilgrims. The Prior, Robert Pennant, therefore took it upon himself to find a suitable candidate whose remains he might appropriate for his Abbey Church. With his Abbot’s blessing, he led an expedition into Wales where, in 1138, he acquired the bones of St. Gwenfrewi from the inhabitants of Gwytherin in Gwynedd. Known as St. Winifred to the English, this lady was brought back to Shrewsbury and enshrined, probably behind the high altar, with great ceremony. Her holiness did indeed make the Abbey a major pilgrimage centre, bringing honour and prestige to its Abbots.

The Medieval Abbots of Shrewsbury were some of the most significant ecclesiastics in the Country. They were often drawn into political life because of their great diplomatic and administrative skills. They would be called upon to inspect the local militia and survey the town’s castle; they served as Justices of the Peace and as gaolers for important hostages; and, from the 13th century, they sat in Parliament.

In those days, parliament moved around the country and met at important sites, chosen by the King according to where he happened to be staying. Parliament gathered at Shrewsbury Abbey in 1283, when King Edward I was campaigning against the Welsh. It included the first ever sitting of the House of Commons. The last native Prince of Wales, David II, was brought before the assembled crew who were to decide his fate. The poor man was condemned to death and dragged through the town before being hung, drawn and quartered. A hundred years later, Richard II also used the Abbey for political business, summoning hither the ‘Great Parliament’ of 1398. Only the previous year, the Abbots of Shrewsbury had been given the right to wear the mitre usually reserved for bishops.

Shrewsbury Abbey was known for its many scholars and, in the early fifteenth century, its Abbot, Thomas Prestbury, was even Chancellor of Oxford. He played a prominent part in the events surrounding the rebellion of Harry ‘Hotspur’ Percy and his uncle, the Earl of Worcester, against King Henry IV, as recorded by Shakespeare. Feeling poorly rewarded for their active part in the King’s usurpation of the throne, the Percys rose up against the monarch and marched on Shrewsbury. The Abbot met with the rebel leaders and offered them a paerdon in return for withdrawal, but this was refused. The two armies clashed on the Whitchurch Road, just north of the town and the Battle of Shrewsbury (1403) which ensued was one of the most brutal of the Medieval period. Henry IV was victorious, Hotspur was killed and the Earl of Worcester captured and executed in the town.

Seal of St. Winifred's Guild The monarchy continued to take an interest in the Abbey throughout the 15th century, and in 1487, King Henry VII gave issued a licence to Abbot Mynde for the establishment of the Guild of St. Winifred whose members were to offer daily prayers at the lady’s shrine for the good health of the king, the Abbot and the Guild. It lasted only fifty years, but was reinstated by the Abbey authorities in 1987.

As with all English abbeys and priories, monastic life came to an end at Shrewsbury during King Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries (1540). The Abbey’s annual income, as returned just before its suppression, was £615. The last Abbot, Thomas Botelier, surrendered his church peacefully and was granted a hefty pension as reward his co-operation. The King, at one time, intended to make Shrewsbury the seat of a bishop and to endow the See out of the revenues of the Abbey, the church of which would have been the cathedral. But the Act drafted to this effect was never passed. It would have been the means of preserving some other great churches too, such as Bury St. Edmunds or Reading. Other plans to make the site a school or a residence for Royal guests also failed.

Eventually only the nave of the church was saved. It was given to the parishioners of Holy Cross, while the rest of the buildings were sold to one William Langley. The choir, transepts, high altar and lady chapel were all demolished and a new eat wall erected at the head of the nave. Other monastic buildings survived for some centuries, however, particularly the cloister’s western range and the so called “Old Infirmary” which still stands today, though in a much reduced form. Demolition continued though and, as a parish church in the following centuries, the historic abbey was largely neglected. There were major bills for repairs after the abbey was damaged during the Civil War Siege of Shrewsbury when Charles I’s own chaplain was vicar. It was even used as a prison for the defeated Royalists after the Battle of Worcester (1651). By the early nineteenth century, it had been engulfed by the Railways, though land adjacent to the church was saved from redevelopment by an Act of Parliament establishing The Abbey Cemetery Company in 1839. Interest in the building was finally revived by the new Archaeological Societies of late Victorian England and, in 1885, the Bishop of Lichfield was left £10,000 by Mrs Harriet Juson of Shrewsbury for the construction of a new chancel at the Abbey. Over the next two years, the church was carefully restored, by John Loughbridge Pearson, to the beautiful structure that we see today. And it is a pilgrimage centre once more, made famous throughout the World by Ellis Peters and her literary creation, Brother Cadfael: abbey herbalist and detective extraordinaire.



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