Public art and retelling a city story: St Kyneburgh’s Well, Southgate Street, Gloucester

Just above the docks of Gloucester at the end of Southgate Street where one of the old Roman gates into the city once stood, there's now an open space known as Kimbrose Triangle. Within this space is a large two-part installation in steel by the artist Tom Price, one a hollow tower standing to about … Continue reading Public art and retelling a city story: St Kyneburgh’s Well, Southgate Street, Gloucester

An Italian oddity in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Every town has its oddities and Cheltenham is no exception. Behind the Town Hall in Imperial Square, tucked away in a recess in one of the buildings is a fountain. It's not functioning, or even very clean, but there it sits behind a fence with a nice little ornate hedge in front of it. The … Continue reading An Italian oddity in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

People, pigs and picnics: Nympsfield Long Barrow, Gloucestershire

High above the Severn Valley at the top of Frocester Hill, where you can look west across to the Severn estuary and the hills of the Forest of Dean, is a small-ish structure made of stone, soil piled up around it. The stones form an entrance behind which are three chambers. This is Nympsfield long … Continue reading People, pigs and picnics: Nympsfield Long Barrow, Gloucestershire

Photo essay: Gloucester Docks, Gloucestershire, England

Last weekend was warm, sunny and bright, and I spent an hour or so walking around Gloucester's historic docks on the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal. It's changed a lot over the last 30 years, and regeneration projects are still ongoing. As I walked I photographed anything which interested me, and thought I'd share a selection. … Continue reading Photo essay: Gloucester Docks, Gloucestershire, England

Visiting the Anglo-Saxons at Deerhurst, Gloucestershire

It’s not every day that you get to walk into a building well over a thousand years old. I was visiting St Mary’s Church in Deerhurst, a few miles north of Gloucester, whose history goes back into the 8th century. Set in a leafy churchyard and next to the old priory, the core of the … Continue reading Visiting the Anglo-Saxons at Deerhurst, Gloucestershire

Gloucester’s Roman City wall and King’s Bastion

About 5m below the rather innocuous 1960s King’s Walk shopping centre in Gloucester lies a section of the Roman City Wall. Only open to the public every now and then, I jumped at the chance to visit this summer. The entrance is right in the middle of the shopping centre, underneath a large metal cover. … Continue reading Gloucester’s Roman City wall and King’s Bastion