A building in distress

The manor of Poltimore was bequeathed to the Bampfylde family by a Canon of Exeter Cathedral, at the end of the 13th century. It’s likely that a house was built on the estate, but no trace has been found near the present site. The current house was completed in the middle of the 16th century and was lived in by the family until 1920.

Since then it’s been a school, a WW2 evacuation centre and a hospital.

The house fell into a dilapidated state after an arson attack in 1987. This is how it looks now.

In 2000, a trust was set up to try to preserve the house. Half a million pounds was donated by English heritage, in 2009 to begin the restoration process. Sadly it will take an awful lot more to return it to o its full glory.

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Traces of the past

I’m just scraping in with Paula’s Thursday Special, Traces of the past. I took this photo because it made me smile. It’s in a local pub, a very old one, a real coaching inn that would have been just inside the city wall.

You an join in here, thanks Paula it’s great to see you!

Traces of the past

Next to mine own Shippe
I do love most
that old Shippe
in Exon a tavern
in St Martins lane

These are the words of Sir Francis Drake, a sea captain and slave trader, he carried out the second circumnavigation of the world in 1577 – 1580. In 1588 he helped defeat the Spanish Armada, but only after he’d finished his game of bowls on Plymouth Hoe. His home in Devon, Buckland Abbey is owned by the National Trust.

The Ship Inn pub is now sadly part of a chain but it still retains it’s character, who knows maybe Sir Francis still visits. This post is for Paula’s Thursday Special, Traces of the past, she has a beautiful photo of lake Bled this week.

#March Square 4

Having been hidden behind plastic and scaffolding or ages the restoration of Matthew the Miller is complete! this wonderful clock from the 1620’s looks bright and sparkly again.

I’m sorry the dial doesn’t look as square as it actually is, or as bright, but zooming on an i phone is a bit hopeless. tomorrow I’ll show you the tower so you can get an idea of how it looks.

day 4 of Becky’s March Square challenge and I’m addicted to square photos now!

A miracle cure-all

Do you have something that hurts? A chronic or acute condition?Then time travel back 100 years to the first world war, just the right machine will be waiting for you.
Click the photos for a slightly better view of the treatment possibilities.

And here it is, Violet Ray High Frequency Apparatus.

Should you wish to try one out, a certain online auction shop has similar models for as little as $25!

Celsus Ceiling

I’m joining Paula again this week, for her black and white day Sunday challenge. It has the theme of ‘Ceiling’, and I was tempted to post somewhere local, but then came across this photo taken at the library of Celsus, Ephesus, Turkey.

As it’s more than 2000 years old, perhaps it’s Paula’s oldest ceiling this week, we’ll see!