The River Frome in Dorset rises in Evershot and flows 30 miles eastwards before, like its neighbouring river the Piddle, entering Poole Harbour near Swanage. It is the most westerly of the classic English chalk streams and provides excellent fishing for trout and in the lower reaches, salmon and sea trout.
The upper river fishings, upstream of Dorchester, are wonderful for brown trout. The beat I fish (with variable success) is a couple of miles above this hut, where the fish are as wild as the unkempt banks, wily, and hard won. I have occasionally fished the beats lower downstream, above and below this wonderful hut, where the banks are well tended, though without pretention to the manicured perfection found elsewhere.
The river level changes abruptly at the hut, with a water-level control and an overflow that goes directly under the hut through two entries. Inside the hut, is it slightly strange to watch and hear the water passing underneath. The hut is a simple structure, its historic beams and brickwork more or less original.
The pastoral setting makes this stretch of the Frome a most pleasant place to be for a day. And if it the weather becomes adverse, there’s a simple and most attractive shelter from the elements.
Sandwich is a cinque port, along with Hastings, New Romney, Hythe and Dover – we had some warm family
disagreements discussions about these until someone managed to get a phone signal and look them up. The town has a large number of medieval buildings, and we enjoyed a quick look round recently when we were staying nearby.
THE FISHER GATE (1384) on the quayside
THE BARBICAN (and toll house)
THE TOLL TABLE, 1905
Although viable vehicles using an internal combustion engine had only been in existence for about 6 years (and were few and far between), steam vehicles were not uncommon. It’s surprising to learn the variety of transport methods still catered for in post-Victorian England. I’d like to have possessed a ‘wain’. And a ‘chaise’, for that matter.
RIVER STOUR at the quayside, with the swing bridge road that now leads to the Barbican
IS THIS FOR REAL? (looking at the modern screws, I concluded not)
ST PETER’S CHURCH (C13 / 14), now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust
MEMORIAL IN ST PETER’S CHURCH with ambiguous tribute
SANDWICH WEAVERS (1500) a home and workshop used by Dutch workers in the c16
THE SWING BRIDGE OVER THE STOUR
The quayside was used for army embarkations for wars with France
Too good to miss (from a Kent Events website)
It’s always interesting to get a new viewpoint of a city, for example London. A plane is perfect for that, except that planes bound for Heathrow are generally flying too high for anyone to do more than spot the general layout and the main landmarks. Photos are unlikely to be worth bothering with, even if your have a window seat. However, London City Airport offers more opportunity. Flying in last week, I realised it might be worth getting the iPhone out to see what I could do with it through the mist and cloud. The answer was, take rather poor pictures. Then I thought about turning them black and white. Suddenly they took on a new look, both old-fashioned and rather intriguing. I thought so anyway, so here they are.
TOWER BRIDGE with CITY HALL
THE THAMES & DOCKLANDS
THE HSBC BUILDING (CITY MELTDOWN…)