Local walks

Photos from walk on Thursday 24th November from Northmoor to Newbridge

Sloes were still in the hedges north of Northmoor.

Newly erected fence round Willow Pool. Hansons, the quarry people, clearly don’t want anyone to drown.

And still the brambles keep flowering

Not a lot of fungus evident today, except for these tiny fellows (~5mm) on the moss on the bark of a tree.(Mycena is a large genus of small saprotrophic mushrooms that are rarely more than a few centimeters in width.)

The pill box is still sliding into the Windrush.”Originally on the banks of the River Windrush, this concrete type 24 pillbox, an irregular hexagon in format, is being severely undermined by fluvial erosion.”
“…you’ll find a type 22 pillbox (DoB:S0006818). Constructed as part of the Upper Thames stretch of the GCQ Red Stop Line, this pillbox was built to help hold back armoured assault by Nazi Germany; something it never had to do.”

It tipped ino the river after very heavy rain in July 2012.

Beautiful stonework on the Newbridge @ the Rose Revived. Oldest surviving Thames bridge. C1250. Built with Taynton stone. Taynton is an old quarry (Doomsday?) near Burford which provided stone for many Oxford buildings, including the Sheldonian, Blenheim Palace, and maybe parts of Eton College. It’s a fantastic warm colour, and amazing that it still carries traffic after 800 years. It’s the only bridge in the UK with an Auto Number Plate check to catch lorries exceeding the weight limit.

It was raining here, as we hurried back beside the Thames.

Back in Northmoor. “St Denys’ Church is a 13th century cruciform Grade I church with 15th century tower and 18th century gallery.”
“It is a small cruciform church dating from the early 14th century, with a 15th century west tower. The communion rail is late 17th century, said to have come from St. John’s College chapel. St. John’s still retains the patronage.” “…constructed of rough limestone blocks.”

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