Thursday October 13th saw Derek and I off on our travels again.
This time we drove to Bridgewater to meet up with a friend of Derek's who he hasn't seen for over 50 years. Derek and Cliff used to be police dog handlers in the RAF and Cliff now lives in Somerset. Much reminiscing took place over lunch in a local pub. Margaret, his wife talked to me about her life including previous jobs, hobbies and health issues and I of course talked about OAPSchat!
Derek and Cliff
Cliff is 5th left on the back row, Derek is 2nd right on the front row. Earls Court
After a couple of hours we drove on to Wells, a place we have not visited for over twenty years. This is the smallest city in England. Booking into the Crown, a lovely 15th Century Grade 11 listed coaching inn, we had a cuppa and got ready to go to Wells Library to meet OAPSchatter Hilary Coombs.
Hilary and me meeting each other before her talk
Hilary giving a talk in Wells library
Hilary gave a very interesting talk about her life living in Spain and the UK. She also gave us insight into the research and content of her new book The Hen Party. I bought a copy which Hilary signed and I am looking forward to reading.
Having a drink with Hilary and her husband Keith
Keith, Hilary's husband invited Derek and I for a drink and this was a chance for me to get to know Hilary better. We spent a very pleasant hour finding out about each other's lifestyles! I hope we will meet up again one day. In the meantime, Hilary and I will continue to email and I will publish her forthcoming articles for the website. Hilary suggested we go and look at Vicars Close near Wells Cathedral the following day before we left for Hereford.
Derek reading about the Cathedral
View of the Cathedral
The famous Wells Cathedral clock dates from 1390!
Friday morning was drizzly but soon cleared up. After an excellent breakfast in The Crown, we walked around the Cathedral and along to Vicars Close, which adjoins Wells Cathedral and is believed to be the only complete medieval street left in England.
The Chapel at the end of the Close
A well made gate with fittings looking as good as new!
View of Wells
As the Vicars Close website states 'On 30 December 1348, Bishop Ralph made over to the vicars ‘the dwellings newly built and to be erected by us for the use of the vicars, and ‘quarters with appurtenances built and to be built’. The houses were built in two rows running north from the Hall, and were completed by the time of Bishop Ralph’s death in 1363.' Do read more about these dwellings via the website link. Wells Cathedral website is also worth viewing.
One last look around the city and we drove back to Hereford. A busy but enjoyable couple of days.
Here is an article I wrote in 2014 about Derek's dog Zealous and life in the RAF.