I spent the day wandering around Framlingham Castle and then the church. I wandered down to look at the market but, as it consisted of four stalls, there wasn't much to look at, sadly.
Never mind, the castle and the church made up for that. Built originally in the 1100s, 'modernised' in Tudor times with then very expensive red brick, it has no central keep but consists of a curtain wall with thirteen mural towers to keep watch over the surrounding countryside. The Tudors built a number of somewhat incongruous but attractive chimney stacks on the towers, some of which are just for show, ornamental rather than practical. Framlingham castle is where Mary Tudor raised her banner before marching on London after Lady Jane Grey was declared queen.
|One of the ornamental chimney stacks.|
|Worth enlarging to look at the brickwork.|
|These two were built on genuine 12th century chimneys as you can see and were for practical use.|
In Stuart times and beyond, the internal buildings, now in ruins, were destroyed and a very attractive Poorhouse was eventually built. By that, I mean the building is attractive, of course.
|The poor house. The left wing is private accommodation and the end wall on the right is the only remaining bit of the original internal buildings still standing.|
|Up the wonky staircase.|
Close by there is a tomb for the wives of one of the Dukes of Norfolk. It says plenty about the lot of even wealthy and well born women then as there are are effigies of two of his wives with space left for a third, should it be needed!
After popping in to the Co-op to get something I had forgotten to bring, I came back here to have a little rest, deal with rather a lot of photos and then eat the dinner I had requested. It's a B&B but Anne does meals on request and, given that the local pub is closed on Tuesdays, I requested. She produced a wonderful meal - duck with an orange sauce, new potatoes, runner beans, carrots and asparagus with profiteroles for afters. I have no idea what it is going to cost me and really I don't care it was beautifully cooked, delicious and just perfect after a day of history. I forgot to take a photo though!
Today I intend to look at Shawsgate Vineyard ( http://shawsgate.co.uk/page4.html ) and I daresay I will come back with 'refreshment' for the evening, after I come home from dinner at the pub. I am quite looking forward to a glass or two of something with a good book in my very comfortable room! If that doesn't take too long I think I might just head for the open road and trust my sat nav not to get me too lost.
Breakfast is in forty minutes. I was very piggy yesterday and had not only the fresh fruit and some orange juice, but also the full cooked breakfast AND toast with marmalade to follow, with a carafe of coffee (not decaf!) offering. As a result, I really didn't need much lunch which was just the idea! So I am looking forward to today's.
Tomorrow I might head for the coast or I might look out a stately home. Given that I do intend to come back here another time (or two), it really doesn't matter all that much. Freedom is lovely!