1/24/11

My World - England

Sherborne in Dorset is without doubt one of the prettiest towns in England, and I had the pleasure of spending a day there over Christmas.


Cheap Street is the main shopping area and is pedestrianised making it very easy to walk around without the worry of cars. This street meanders uphill with a wonderful variety of shops on both sides, all housed in period buildings.


The Diocese of Sherborne was created in AD705 and a Benedictine Abbey was established in AD998, more on the Abbey next week. The building above originally dates from around the same period and formed part of the accomodation for the monks.


Everywhere you look in Sherborne there is architecture that epitomises England, this is the town square.


It also has it's fair share of pretty English pubs to relax and enjoy a pint in!


It was bitterly cold day when I was there, but the streets were still bustling with Christmas shoppers.


And it was nice to see a traditional English telephone box gracing Cheap Street.

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35 comments:

Pam said...

We know it well! A gorgeous town, Abbey, good food, etc. Is the White Hart at the top of the hill? If so ... we've eaten there. Also at the Three Wishes bistro. Truly an excellent place.

Kathy G said...

Beautiful!

Nothing like it in the USA, is there?

Pam said...

P.S. I see a few instances of the ol' Christmas tree in the flag pole fixture on the side of the buildings. I LOVE THAT :)

Randi said...

Such a lovely little town. I love England and the old towns and their old buildings. Great shots!

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EG Wow said...

That kind of charm is rare and wonderful!

Rajesh said...

Very nice shots of the city. It sure is pretty.

eileeninmd said...

Sarah, what a lovely town to visit. Exploring the shopping and pubs sounds like a great get away.

aka Penelope said...

It is SO rare to see the traditional “red” telephone booth. We had them here, too, in Canada. What a charming city you captured in photos. I’ve always loved brick buildings … they seem to get better with age.

Sylvia K said...

What a beautiful, delightful town! I would love to visit there for some shopping and a pub visit or two, of course!! Your photos are definitely the next best thing! Hope you have a great week, Sarah!

Sylvia

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Beautiful English city, Sarah. That's the way I picture your home country as looking.. WONDERFUL!!!

DId you find 'home' as you thought it would be? I'm sure you miss it... It's quite different from Oklahoma, isn't it???? ha

Hugs,
Betsy

Daryl said...

What a charming town, I love the call box and the ancient buildings .. I wish I had been there I am so envious of your photo ops!

A Brit in Tennessee said...

{Sigh}
Just as I remembered....perfect.
~Jo
x

Ebie said...

Only in the movies I see that red telephone booth. It is a quaint and lovely town.

Carol said...

Great series of photos! I love the architecture, the pubs, the shops, all of it! Would love to meander through these streets.
I scrolled down and read your kindle post....sounds like me!

Star said...

Just gorgeous! You just cannot beat an old English town for atmosphere, can you. Loved your photos today.

Expat mum said...

Great photos. I now tend to walk around picturesque places in England and really appreciate them, even tho' I grew up with them. Where my mother lives, there's bits of the Roman Wall all over the place, and I never used to think twice about it. Now I stop and point it out to my kids, who are suitable impressed.
I remember a few years ago, when my son needed to do research on Medieval buildings. Of course, we set off to nearby market towns (eg. Hexham in the north east) only to find that most of the buildings were WAY older than Meidieval and therefore not relevant. How cool is that?

Linda J. said...

I love these photos. They make me want to plan another trip to England. Thanks for sharing.

Gaelyn said...

Cheap Street sounds funny. But it sure looks like what I'd expect in the UK. Must have been fun to trip down memory lane.

Kay L. Davies said...

What a wonderful place. I've got to see it for myself some day.
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Flea said...

Thank you for sharing! I doubt I'll ever travel outside the 48 contiguous, but I do so love to view it through others' eyes. :)

George said...

Thanks for taking us to this beautiful English town. It looks the way I've always imagined an English village should look.

Snippety Gibbet said...

Oh, I enjoyed looking at those. You should lead a tour group over there. = ) jan

Wren said...

These could be right out of the pages of a storybook. What a delightful place - I'd love to have to just wander around.

Sandy said...

What a quaint town. I will have to add this to my ever growing list of places to visit. Thank you for sharing and bringing the world a little closer.

Pat - Arkansas said...

Your home town is a lovely, lovely place, even in the winter time. Loved the photos. Am looking forward to seeing/reading more!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Those are nice scenes. Great pics.

ladyfi said...

Oh, small towns like this one are what I miss most about England...

Such pretty pics!

pam said...

Re the post about "Cheap Street" being a funny name. It is one of those interesting side stories you learn about when you are in England ... the word "chipping" means a market (Olde English/Midaevil word), and Chipping appears in several town names - Chipping Norton, Chipping Camden, etc. Cheap is a variation and so 'Cheap Street' is where the market was probably held. There are several towns/cities with a Cheap Street ... not that I can think of any others at the moment.

Linda Reeder said...

So beautiful! I loved traveling in England.

Esther Garvi said...

What a cozy place!

Arija said...

Oh, I love it. Elisabethan buildings and older. I love old English villages and little towns, I'm so glad you were there for Christmas.

Winifred said...

Lovely photographs Sarah.

Nice to see this little town which has retained its character so well. So many here have been globalised and you could be just anywhere. Others are full of charity shops. Now I like charity shops but when they predominate it's not a good sign.

Joyful said...

I've never yet been to England and your photos make me want to go there.

Sweet Virginia Breeze said...

I just love the old buildings in England. They have character and atmosphere.

Laura, Happy Homemaker UK said...

How did you ever leave?! I haven't been to Dorset yet. Although this country is so much smaller than the US, it seems huge! So much to see
XOL