Saturday, 16 November 2013

The Tudors on our Doorstep

After our walk to the park and visit to the old church on the way home we were excited to see that the church would be holding a Christmas Craft Fayre just a week later. So we walked down not so much to see what the fayre had to offer but to nosey around the old buildings. We enjoyed both.

The church itself, St Nicolas, is Norman in origin, with a tower and spire from the 15th Century. In the church grounds is one of the oldest school buildings in the country, and in front of the church is the Tudor Merchants house. Together they constitute the finest collection of medieval buildings in Birmingham.

Again we were lucky with the weather, although it's definitely getting colder now and raining a lot. We were excited to get inside the Merchants House were most of the fayre was held.

It was a mixture of old and new, having been restored and new rooms added. You can see exposed wattle and daub and five hundred year old original timbers. The Queens rooms is where it is believed that Queen Henrietta Maria (Queen of Charles I) spent the night in 1643.

Next we had a mooch around the old church, again really old but lovingly restored.

Afterwards we had a little nosey at the local farmer's market which is here every month and held on the village green outside the church.

So once again we had the chance to get to know our local area a little better and enjoy a little outside time as well as checking out the craft fayre.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


  1. Lovely to be exploring so much local history and that church looks beautiful - I love wandering round little old churches and churchyards. And it seems we're not too far from you either - just the other side of Brum :)

  2. I love old buildings. I grew up in an old cottage, with a thatched roof and wattle and daub walls, and have very fond memories of it. Sadly, it's all modern houses for now, but one day I'll hopefully get back to something with a little more character.
    Great to get out and explore your local area like that too.

  3. The church does look beautiful and it's nice to spend time exploring close to home too.

  4. How lovely to have all those historical buildings and places to visit and explore. Looks like a beautiful place

  5. What a picturesque village - no wonder you were eager to have a good look around. One of our local villages has a church that was built in the 15th century and the school is over 300 years old and they are both interesting places to visit. Thanks for linking up and sharing your great photos with Country Kids.


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