We have three tea rooms and a smoothie bar in Much Wenlock. Also two old pubs and three hotels, a Chinese Take-Away and an Indian restaurant. We’re well served all round.
Here’s more of the Square – on the right is the sixteenth century timbered Guild Hall where Town Council meetings are still held upstairs once a month and Rod and Viv’s vegetable market features downstairs several days a week. The parish church behind dates from the early Middle Ages. The Museum on the left used to be a market, and then it was the town cinema. Now it tells of Wenlock’s glorious past as the origin and the source of the modern Olympic Games.
The Wenlock Olympian Games began in 1852, founded by the town’s physician Doctor William Penny Brookes. He inspired Pierre de Courbetin who visited him here to pick his brains on who to run the games, and then went on to found the International Olympic Committee. One of the events in Penny Brookes Olympics included races on penny farthing bicycles. This chap (below) turned up at one of our Christmas Fairs a few years ago, and was attempting to mount his vehicle in a high wind. He never quite managed it, at least not while I was watching. But I did appreciate his fine bicycling costume.
All this squares in squares and circles in squares shenanigans is down to Becky. Here’s the place to find out more: March Square
31 thoughts on “Skew-Whiff And Time-Slipped In Much Wenlock’s Square”
Well I never knew this. Fascinating. And fabulous squares and circles too ☺
Thanks Becky. Sorry for slow reply, but also been away as well as having internet supplier change.
No worries….. hope you’ve survived the change 😉
Those old bikes look SO uncomfortable! Much Wenlock certainly has a lot going for it! 🙂
It has a lot of angles 🙂
And no padding on the seat! The odds of falling over are rather better than today as well.
I do so wish I could’ve seen a penny farthing bike race. I mean, can you imagine it…?
In my mind but not my behind!
Oodles of squares and circles in squares and all IN A SQUARE too! Love the play on words 😀
Thanks, Jude 🙂
Should I say, ”Oi, on yer bike!”
Skew-Whiff! … I haven’t heard this phrase for over forty years. It’s a fav of my Mum’s! 🙂
Oh, and nice piccies too.
On yer bike, indeed. Now you’re making me feel old. Well, oldish. Been off in Pembroke so am just returned to WP.
Aaah. So that’s where you were! Was saying to my crew I was getting a teeny bit concerned as you have been rather hush hush for a few days.
Funny how ”attached” we become.
Hope you had a nice break.
Is it snowing at your spot?
I’m watching the Liverpool game and it’s snowing at Anfield.
Snowing, yes. But coming and going in blizzardy flurries. It was absolutely brass-monkeys freezing as we came back from Wales today. Yesterday we were on the beach enjoying the sun, albeit with coats and hats on. And yes, one does get attached and wonder what’s up when people go quiet.
The game just finished. First time since I can’t remember I have watched an entire match and it snowed continuously throughout.
It’s March for goodness’ sake. The weather has gone bonkers!
Ya’ll have more than your share of fun at Much Wenlock.
You never do know what might happen next 🙂
I can always count on you, Tish, to introduce me to something new in this world we share. Thank you.
Well you are so welcome 🙂
Exeter museum has one of these bikes, it’s fascinated me since I was a little girl, especially as I fall off normal ones! Great squares Tish.
I share that falling off facility, Gilly. I cannot imagine how it would feel perched up there. Definitely would need some mind over matter.
Great choices , Tish and wonderful takes!
Thanks, Anna 🙂
Nice captures, Tish – I like/use Skew-Whiff/Deutsch Angle but I get all Victor Meldrewish about horizons which are nearly straight but not quite 🙂
Oh dear. I’ve only recently realised my tendency for the not quite straight horizon. It’s v irritating.
🙂 Ever so easy to fix in Photoshop
I was wise to you this time, Tish, because I came here second. 🙂 🙂 I do wish you’d lay off the grog till later in the day though. The odd tipple is permissible.
Ooh, don’t tell everyone re tippling propensities 😉
Lovely post and delightfully, dizzying images—all those angles, lines, and curves to admire. I will have to add Wenlock to my fantasy list of places to visit if I’m ever wealthy!
Many thanks 🙂