Great pics despite the weather!
If you can stil find a pub in a village in England, then you're better off then here. Most of the taverns in the villages in this country didn't survive the years after the Reunification. The small shops did so too. Except for if it's a larger village where one of the bigger supermarket chains felt their pity aroused to place one of their stores...
Pubs are closing all over- especially in urban areas. These days people prefer to drink at home. All the same, most villages still manage to support at least one. Our village in Kent- which isn't that large- has three- one of them a so-called "gastro-pub" which serves very expensive meals.
Okay, when it's caused by drinking at home, then it makes sense that this happens noticeably in urban areas and not nessecarily in villages (as one might think first).
Well, here it happened totally the opposite. Everything in the villages died out - nessecary to say, on the East German side. I can't speak for what once was on the other side of the border on the West German side. (I would only guess it happened similar, only in much earlier times, and depending on how much of rural rebuilding they did at all after the war.)
I do like the priest's house...is it possible to look inside?
I don't know. It was a Sunday and they were doing something esoteric in the church so I only got to see the outside.
Lovely old stone. But, the M1? I thought that was a size of screw. This metric thing is incredibly confusing.
We have a thing that claims to be an English pub called the Cock and Bull. But seeing as it's in a modern strip shopping mall I don't think it counts. And it's more restaurant than pub. We do have a nice wine bar though.
M stands for motorway- which is the equivalent (I think) or your interstate. The M1 was (unsurprisingly) Britain's very first motorway.
If there's a bar and they sell beer over it then it passes muster as a pub. Pubs are often ancient and picturesque but they don't have to be.
The priest's house is wonderful!
Can't see a chimney though - it can't have been that cosy!
You've got me stumped there. About the chimney, I mean. wikipedia says chimneys didn't start appearing on domestic buildings until the 16th century- and this is surely earlier. I wonder how they heated a house like this. With braziers? Did it originally have a thatched roof through which smoke would have percolated?
Great photos. It reminded me the photo, which I took last august in Chigwell where I've lived. I was happy there.
Lovely photos. I wish more of our small towns had a village green. Some of them have parks, but they're not quite the same. There's one in Princeton (smallish) and there are quite a few in New England.
Philadelphia is now awash in gastropubs. There's one a little over a block away from us, owned by our former next-door neighbor.
The priest's house is small, but how big would a priest's house have to be? Kitchens under, bed-sitter over, an entire church to use as your lounge if you need it.
Village greens are nice. Our village- Matfield- has the largest in the county.
Pubs are good too.
The priest's house has three floors. Not bad for a single man. I guess he'd have had a servant or housekeeper.
Nice. That's a typically English church.
Also: what does the obelisk on the green commemorate?
That'll be the war memorial- they are often that shape and style in the UK.
Usually WW1 with WW2 names added later.
Yes, that's the war memorial. Every community in Britain has one.