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February 10, 2013 / viewsfromasmallisland

English Town Centre on a very wet morning

Town Centre on a very wet morning

This nearby town centre is very typical of older small towns in England.  It’s very much a mix of old and new, with a 15th century manor house and mediaeval parish church along the same High Street as a modern shopping centre.  Sometimes this blending of old and new is done well, sometimes not.   Here it seems to work.  The streets are not normally this quiet but it was early and the weather was pretty cold and wet.  Although dull and grey, I liked the atmosphere that the rain added to the scene.



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  1. Adam Isler / Feb 10 2013 11:20 pm

    I especially like the faint smell of coal fires on chilly days in English villages, though I daresay that scent is mostly absent these days.

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Feb 11 2013 9:09 am

      A very good observation of something I take for granted that might reduce me to tears if I lived overseas. The faint smell of coal and wood fires is till very present but it does depend where you are. For me in a small village, yes, in cities and towns much less so.

  2. northerndesert / Feb 11 2013 1:23 am

    Charming and the wet weather is expected. 😉

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Feb 11 2013 9:10 am

      Thank you. As you say, the wet weather is to be expected. We’re very good at being wet.

  3. andelieya 安德洌雅 (official) / Feb 11 2013 2:49 am

    A nice, small, walkable town. Very inviting looking! Thanks for sharing!

  4. FeyGirl / Feb 11 2013 12:44 pm

    Sublime! My version on heaven…. 🙂

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Feb 11 2013 2:22 pm

      I have never thought of a cold wet February morning in England as heavenly but on reflection you may be right. I know if I had to leave it behind I would miss it terribly.

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