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Cirencester [Jul. 27th, 2010|10:05 am]
Tony Grist
As soon as we're beyond Birmingham and the road signs start to announce Gloucester and the South West I feel as if I'm coming home. This is a little odd as I've never lived in the area- and don't even know it very well. The area I think of as "home" is fairly precisely circumscribed. It's made up of Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Somerset- and stops dead at the borders of Devon. I can feel when I'm inside the magic circle and when I'm outside it. Stratford on Avon- much as I love it- is outside. Tewkesbury- only a few miles to the west of Stratford is inside. Don't ask me to explain.

On our way down to my mother's we took a bit of a detour to the west and visited Cirencester. This was only the second time we'd been there and the first was a flying visit. Cirencester is achingly beautiful. In Roman times- when its name was Corinium- it was the second largest city in Britain.

Here are a couple of pictures of the market place, featuring the church of St. John the Baptist with its magnificent late medieval porch.


[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2010-07-27 11:11 am (UTC)
Gorgeous town - we should all retire there!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-07-27 11:29 am (UTC)
Oh, if only.....
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2010-07-27 02:53 pm (UTC)
The church really graces market square, doesn't it? Lovely!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-07-27 04:15 pm (UTC)
That porch is something else!
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[User Picture]From: endlessrarities
2010-07-27 07:20 pm (UTC)
Now that's somewhere I've never considered for a holiday destination - until now! The Tourist Board should give you a payment for advertising!!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-07-27 08:46 pm (UTC)
We stumbled onto Cirencester a year or two back- on the way home from somewhere else- and decided on the spot that we had to go back.
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