Friday, April 15, 2011



Walking towards York Minster I spotted this rather lovely collection of buildings. Despite being near one of the most important religious buildings in the country, there is a certainly "higgledy piggledy" air to the layout that appeals to me.

On the left is St Winfreds church, built in 1864 out of goo solid stone. Moving right there is a much more modern extension which is cleaner and sharper with simpler windows. To the far right a brick built double garage that I suspect wouldn't get through the planning process nowadays. Interestingly, it and the building next door are in stretcher bond. I'd have expected English or Flemish bond as both pre-date cavity walls.

Joining the two buildings up though is a lovely little wooden extension but a with a stone base. The door is vented which would indicate some electrical gubbins inside but it doesn't look that old unless someone has been around with the paintbrush recently.

Other details - the wall lights are modern but the signs are hand painted so they have been around a while.

As I say, I love these jumbled little corners. It's important on a railway layout to fill up every inch of space in some places - anywhere where land was expensive or the buildings could grown up over time. I'd have expected this sort of building to be found in an industrial setting but it just goes to show, inspiration can come from anywhere.

Have a look yourself on Streetview.

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