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A Trip to Bridlington and Bridlington Priory

Having fun at the Seaside

This weekend I went with my husband, sister and her boyfriend and a couple of other friends to the seaside town of Bridlington in East Yorkshire.  My husbands parents rent a seaside flat there and we took advantage of a free weekend to head to the beach.  After a very rainy drive over there the weekend turned out to be sunny and warm for a change.  The flat is lovely and the front room overlooks the sandy beaches and with the windows open you can hear the calming sounds of the waves breaking along the beach.

The Beach

It really felt like we were on holiday and it was a proper stress free weekend.  We went out for drinks, fish and chips, walked around the town and visited some amazing antique and second hand shops up in the old town.  Down by the harbor some of us went for a speed boat ride and all the boys had a go on the roller coaster – Mad Mouse!  All nicely rounded off by a cold cider in the pub.

One of the places we visited was Bridlington Priory.  The priory was founded around 1113AD by Walter de Gant.  The monastery was one of the earliest and largest Augustinian houses in the country and was very wealthy.

Founding the Priory

In the time of Henry VIII came the Dissolution of the Monasteries, where Henry broke with the Catholic Church and established himself as the Supreme Head of the Church of England.  Many of the religious houses in Britain, such as monasteries and abbeys, were closed down including Bridlington Priory which was dissolved in 1537.

Panel Showing the Dissolution of the Priory

 Very quickly, within a few years, most of the once great building had been destroyed, with a lot of the stone going to build the harbor in the town. Only the nave survived to serve as the Parish Church which is what you can visit today.

The tapestry

Inside a tapestry has been created that maps the history of the Priory.  It is an amazing piece of art to look at.  In 1994, some ladies at Bridlington Priory decided to make a tapestry depicting the major events in its life.  By Christmas 1995, 12 panels, each 5ft by 4ft were almost complete.

The set of tapestries includes over 140 human figures, each built like a doll, then sewn to the backing.

Detail of a panel

Materials used include: leather, hessian, linen, wool, cord, fleece, velvet, yarn, ribbon, cheesecloth, cellophane, suede, silk, satin, corduroy, milium, fur fabric, lurex, balsa wood, raspberry cane, net, aluminium, and feathers.

Some of the Fabric and ideas used

My Favorite Panel

The Bridlington Priory Website:  http://www.bridlingtonpriory.co.uk

Read a brief overview of the dissolution of the monasteries: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/tudors/reformation_overview_01.shtml

The bridlington website: http://www.bridlington.co.uk

The Sun Shining on the Sea

 

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A few days in Guernsey

I have just got back from a lovely few days with my husband and his family in Guernsey in the Channel Islands.  They have all been going for a long time and this was my 3rd trip with them.

  A big highlight for me is the very short flight, just 30minutes from Southampton.  I really hate flying so the shorter the better, though every time we have flown to Guernsey so far we go via Jersey so have to land and take off twice per journey.  This time it was a straight through though the the landing was not good, a little bit windy.

Guernsey is a beautiful island.  It reminds me of my home in South Devon where I grew up.  Rolling green hills, very narrow lanes, sandy beaches and gorgeous coastline.

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Even though we are only there for 3 full days we managed to pack quite a lot into our days.  We went for a few coastal walks and as always I was a little snap happy, taking pictures of everything.  On the first day we did a walk along the coast at L’Ancresse Common.  I found a really great seat that looked out to the sea.

 

Guernsey’s capital is St Peter Port, it is a beautiful port that has been in use since Roman times.  It has loads of history and is lovely just to wander around.  A favorite cafe of the Bishop family is Dix Neuf, which is nice to stop at after a bit of shopping and have a coffee.  It is a pretty port with a mix of architectural styles rising up the hills overlooking the harbor.  It also has a lot of really expensive looking boats.

 

Another great place to visit is The Little Chapel. It was built by Brother Déodat who started work in March 1914. His plan was to create a miniature version of the famous grotto and basilica at Lourdes in France.  It is decorated with seashells, pebbles and colourful pieces of broken china.

 Holidays always go so quickly and this was no exception but I enjoyed every minute of it.  

 

 I found the trip really inspirational and have got so many ideas for paintings, prints and textiles that I don’t know where to start.  I think that the sea is a perfect subject for the summer so there is a beginning.  My mind tends to want to do everything at once so I think I need to sit down with some of my photos and my sketch book and see where it takes me.