I always enjoy our annual village walk and now, when I drive through some of the ones we have looked at, I feel a certain sense of satisfaction of knowing something of their past.
Janet Spavold, whose background is in medieval and local history, lead us on a walk through Thrussington last Sunday. She took us to a series of cottages and houses dating from the medieval to a slightly incongruous Arts and Crafts house of the last century. Among other things we learned a lot about how bricks can date a house, how changes made in the manufacture of glass affected the size of the windows and how some canny villagers appropriated village land to built their houses. We will now be better informed as to how to read a building.
The only problem was that it was cold with threatened rain which meant we had to be inside for our delicious afternoon tea provided by the Thrussington Deli, instead of being outside, as imagined, on a lovely May afternoon. The upside of the day was that it was the first time we had met since February 2020, so it was with great pleasure that we met old friends who were delighted to be out after the last 14 months. I look forward to seeing you all again at Kelmarsh in June.
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