The path to Bradley Farm
Walk out of Much Wenlock in any direction and you will almost instantly find yourself amongst crop fields or pasture. Our town is quite literally ‘on the farm’. The field name behind our house on Sheinton Street says it all: Townsend Meadow. In the nineteenth century it really did mark the town’s end. I also remember when there was still a working farm, Brook House Farm, in the town centre, one of the last of its kind. These days the farmyard buildings have been barn-converted and gentrified. I recall glancing through a newly installed window in the roadside barn and seeing a small grand piano standing where once winter-housed cattle huffed in their straw filled stalls. Odd to say, but when the farm went, it seemed the town had lost its heart.
There are also small fields within the town boundary. Our scenic route to the shops features the path beside the Cutlins, the meadow where various members of the Highland Cattle clan, aka the MacMoos, are often installed. And then, when you reach the kissing gate at the bottom of the path, and after all decide not to go shopping, you can turn up the lane by the Priory ruins and be eyed up by sheep in the Priory Park. Baaaaah!
40 thoughts on “Our Town ‘On The Farm’”
Black and white always drags to memories
Yes, I think you’re right, Athira. They have an ‘aged’ look.
How are you? Hope you’re safe
I’m fine, thanks for asking, Athira. All the best to you.
Thanks a lot…you’re always welcome
That sheep really is giving you a look! 🙂 Best beware.
They are very snooty sheep round here.
Tish your photos are absolutely fantastic for this week. Thanks for playing along 😀
Thank you, Cee. It’s a great challenge 🙂
Great post, Tish….I love to see your area
Thank you for being such a very good audience, Sue.
My pleasure, Tish! And I have very fond memories of a visit to Wenlock Priory quite a few years ago now
Great monochrome images. Thanks for sharing.
Lovely and evocative black and whites and does conjure up a past.
Many thanks. I like the slightly nostalgic feel that you get from b & w.
Things really do feel different when there aren’t cows in the barns anymore.
The texture of the bark in the last photo looks beautiful in black and white and that sheep is giving you the evil eye
Thank you, Pauline. That sheep definitely didn’t think much of me, did she.
Wonderful texture in these images – so effective!
Many thanks, Sarah.
Strong photographs! Great!
Thank you, Kendall.
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oh these are lovely . . . .and I know what you mean about gentrified barns and farm buildings. Lovely to live in I am sure, but does take something away from a place, and apparently also have a dramatic impact on Barn Owls 😦
That is a v. good point re barn owls, Becky!
Saw somewhere they’re trying to get barn conversion and renovation projects to include Barn Owl access points 🦉
Am astonished that it’s taken so long for someone to think of this, especially as planning regs have been accommodating bat requirements for ages.
I know! Just awful – seems to take until population numbers dramatically drop before anyone takes action.
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Love the MacMoos! I always wanted highland cows.
These photos are perfect in B&W. Wow!
Many thanks, Jennie.
You are welcome, Tish.