Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Where's That Then? No 37

I only discovered this sublime place a couple of weeks ago. Yet another thing I love about England- you never know what's around the next corner. A bit like Northern Ireland, when I drove round a bend and found an old man worse for drink lying in the middle of the road in the pouring rain. Passing motorists negotiated me trying to pick him up so that I could lay him over a fence like an old carpet waiting to be beaten, both of us clutching each other in a ghastly dance. Anyway, how about this? Impossibly English, it must have been used as a period film location.

22 comments:

Diplomate said...

ooh - so near and yet so far. This is ringing all sorts of bells, but they must be very old ones (the monochrome helps) but I'm admitting defeat.

Ron Combo said...

Blimey O'Reilly Peter, this is a tough 'un. Westcountry neo-gothic (which almost certainly means it's perpendicular and Yorkshire)?

Philip Wilkinson said...

Blimey, it's defeated me as well. The spire looks 19th-century Gothic, by one of the men who liked 'Middle Pointed' (Henry Woodyer???). There way the church fits together looks a bit odd - especially when you blow the photograph up. The house on the right looks a bit northern, the left-hand building looks almost Cotswold. Could this be somewhere at the northern end of the limestone belt – Yorkshire perhaps. But WHERE? We need Lemon Kelley.

Diplomate said...

right then - i've been scrutinsing this picture for clues.

i agree with Wilko's geographical spread, awkard church orientation etc etc. this all points me to photoshop. this has to be a mock up . the water cress in the chalk stream (hampshire, dorset ?) only adds to the deceit. The "northern" stance of the house with shocking roof could have been arrived at by some merciless early C19th demolition at the hands of a cotton barron ? Same goes for the ugly steeple - god knows. I'm going to settle for Dorset/Wiltshire, too vague for a prize but that's my best shot.

Peter Ashley said...

Diplo, you have the area absolutely spot on. Dorset / Wiltshire Borders, very much.

Diplomate said...

ooh - thanks for the clue but i'm none the wiser - if i were to cheat and rummage maps&things i'd feel obliged to confess ! I'll be content with a little "nearly"

Lemon Kelly said...

Dorset/Wiltshire borders eh? Well that includes Somerset then which was my first impression.

Hmmmm difficult if one doesn't know the place.

Philip Wilkinson said...

I suppose reference to Shell Guides is not allowed...

Murgatroyd said...

Um, a conundrum... spire looks like a mini version of Salisbury cathedral's... Salisbury Cathedral hiding in a ha-ha giving the impression that it's smaller/further away than it really is??

histman said...

This has been driving me mad all day but ... it's Teffont Magna, Wilts. Have got to visit this place!

histman said...

Whoops! Wrong Teffont. It's Teffont Evias phew!

Wartime Housewife said...

Is it Hounslow?

Diplomate said...

very good histman - now we need an explanation from Ashley, a brief extract from his journal would be handy.......

Philip Wilkinson said...

Well done histman. Extracts from the Ashley journal eagerly awaited.

Peter Ashley said...

Well done histman. Sorry this was a bit obscure. More about it later.

Peter Ashley said...

Well, it was like this. Driving between Dinton and Chilmark on the aforesaid border I spotted a traditional timber and iron signpost behind a hedge. I parked in the side road, and instead of doing a three pointer after I'd taken a shot I carried on down the lane. Round a bend a lake came into view on one side, and Teffort Evias on the other. I had to wait a while for a weakling sun, so had plenty of time to just stare at the perfect grouping. The rest of the tiny village is also superb.

Diplomate said...

i think what your readers really want to know is; what on earth were you doing crawling about in that neck of the woods ? Frankly this question could be asked in respect of most of your posts - but the location is interesting. Were you drawn there by previous knowledge, or did you just happen to be cruising through ? It's the "back story" i'm after.

Diplomate said...

well - that's a bit spooky - i think our comments passed in the post. Thank you for the explanationb.

Peter Ashley said...

The reason I was even there, Diplo, was that I was ferreting about for a chapter for the forthcoming Cross Country book which should be freely available in April 2011, diarists please note.

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