Friday, 7 September 2018

A Week in Norfolk

Early August we drove to Norfolk to stay with my parents.  There was time for some travel knitting using the Dusty Dimples yarn that I had bought at Yarningham earlier in the month.

En route we stopped off at Royston Cave, a very interesting site and number 28 of our Thirty in Thirty. This bell-shaped, manmade cave was originally accessed via a small hole in the ceiling (bottom of the photo) and tiny footholds in the wall, but luckily steps leading to the base of the cave have been added in more recent times!
The cave is cut into the chalk bed and is carved entirely with figures of religious significance,
although nothing is known of who made it, there are Templar references throughout the cave.

A skull was found here when the cave was discovered.
We spent a couple of days walking around Norwich and out to the coast and Norfolk Broads, following the art trail in aid of the charity Break and sight-seeing along the way.


Norwich is full of beautiful architecture from many different periods.

We went into St John's RC Cathedral






and past parts of the crumbling, medieval city wall.


Time for a spot of lunch in a churchyard!


This one might have been my favourite, a Harry Potter themed hare.
The trail took us to the Norman castle.
Thirsty work, this hunting for hares!
We managed to find half of the city hares on the first day.
The next day we went to the coast to find some of the country hares.
Gt. Yarmouth
Cromer
Holt

Along the way stopped at the beach, at Winterton, for a picnic.



We visited market towns and looked in the churches.
North Walsham

Many towns in Norfolk were prosperous and have large churches, often built with funds from the thriving wool trade.
St Nicholas.




Dereham


included a visit to Withburga's Well, beside the church of St. Nicholas.




The William Cowper memorial window.  He is buried in a nearby chapel.
Fakenham

Wymondham




We also visited Wymondham Abbey.






Back in Norwich.




The pub in the background is built on a site with some gruesome history!



We went inside St Julian's of Norwich.





Her cell.


Dragon Hall

Pulls Ferry

Norwich Cathedral







I never tire of sight-seeing in my home city.  Whatever the weather it is beautiful and full of history.















The trip to the Broads was a rather soggy one!



The ducks didn't seem to mind!



We did a lot of walking over the few days we were in Norfolk, including an evening walk to the church where we were married.
Another evening we visited friends for a spot of star gazing.


All too soon it was time to drive home.