It’s Sunday today and a pretty miserable one at that – dull and rather chilly. We have decided to actually make it a day of rest, apart from driving to Wisbech St Mary for a carvery lunch at the Wheel Inn.
They have no fewer than four sittings – 12 midday, 2pm, 4pm & 6pm! We went for the 2pm and it was very busy indeed. Excellent value – although it was a pity they had used frozen Yorkshires and the beef and pork was a little too well done. The veggies were great though.
Anyway, a blog post about our roast dinner alone may not be riveting so we have decided to show you a few photos taken so far on this adventure that, for one reason or other, missed the final cut on previous days.
But first it seems appropriate, being a Sunday, that we feature a couple of churches nearby – those of Walpole St Peter and Walpole St Andrew. To quote from the Norfolk Parishes website:
Lying some 6 miles to the north-east of Wisbech, the Walpoles have a rich and intriguing history. The area is known to have been settled by the Romans, and it was they who built the massive earthen sea wall which is still called Roman Bank.
Until the installation of the 1st Sutton Bridge in 1821, Roman Bank provided the only route from north Norfolk into Lincolnshire.
King John is thought to have lost his treasure in Walpole, in 1216, while journeying from King’s Lynn to Newark with his train of horse-drawn wagons. [I always thought that he lost it in the Wash itself! – Ed]
The name Walpole is derived from the 2 words ‘wall’ and ‘pool’ and was adopted as the surname of a local family that moved away from the area, and in time produced the country’s 1st prime minister, Sir Robert Walpole (1676-1745)
Medieval remains have been found in the parish, and Walpole is referred to in the Domesday Book.
The church of Walpole St. Peter has been described as “probably the finest village church in England”. Its construction was started in the 14th Century on the site of an earlier church.
The church of Walpole St Andrew, which lies just a few fields away, is no longer user for regular worship, and is looked after by the Churches Conservation Trust. It features an anchorite’s cell built into the buttress and s sturdy, brick-built tower that dates back to the 15th century.
And so to some of those ‘off’cuts’ –
Tomorrow should be sunny and, if so, we will be off to RSPB Titchwell along the North Norfolk coast.
Lovely mixture of snippets! The Goldfinch is a particular favourite.
That plate of food is enormous!
It was! 🙂
A square meal at last but am missing the cakes and cream! Photos as always evocative and instructive. Good night.
See you are going to Titchwell today – hope you get to sample another Norfolk delicacy – samphire?! Another holiday adventure when we stayed at Heacham – collecting the seaweed then back to the Wild Duck (a converted houseboat on the south beach) to cook it. Very delicious and nutritious.
The long awaited post about food has arrived!!
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Not bad for ‘off-cuts’!
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