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Fishink Walks around Cheshire.

April 24, 2013

We took the opportunity to grab another of spring’s random sunnier days and headed out into the Cheshire countryside. On the way I took a quick pic of this lovely old mill in Nether Alderley,  but thought it a little steep to pay £5 to have a look inside so we got on with our plans for walking. This time not far from Jodrell Bank near the village of Siddington.

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A sunny but cool start and already there were small signs of spring finally starting to show, with buds unfurling and Primula and cherry trees in flower. A few views of Capesthorne Hall too.

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Some lovely wooded areas where the sun had managed to find its way through the trees and awaken the bluebells which were just starting to develop.Fishinkblog 5788 Fishink Walks 3

I loved how the rough edge of peeling bark on this birch tree caught the sunlight. The colours and patterning of trees are always interesting.

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Some remarkable trees on the walk as well as a host of fallen trees who didn’t make it through the high winds and long winter we had this year. I spotted the lovely silvery bark and roots on the tree below.

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We missed the majority of the village of Siddington but by it’s many ‘best kept village’ signs it must be pretty special. Instead we were treated to a short tour of the All Saints Church. Initially it struck me as very unusual to paint a church to mimic a tudor, beamed building but once we went inside I really warmed to the beauty of the place.

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I discovered that there are records of a chapel at Siddington in 1337 and again in 1474. It was originally a timber-framed building. By 1815 the walls were bulging and the timber-framing was strengthened by being enclosed in brick. Restorations were carried out in 1853 and 1894.

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All the church fittings are relatively new other than the pulpit which dates from 1633. The gallery at the west end was erected in 1786. Apparently a Jackdaw has resided in the cockloft above the roof for a few years. Recently somebody inspected the area to find it filled with straw, it took 20 large bin bags to empty the space, and the straw has been patently brought in piece by piece over the years. That’s one industrious bird !

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Some beautiful stained panels above. The one on the right was paid for by the parishioners in memory of the locals who served in the war between 1939 and 1945. The words Sacrifice and Valour are held by the angels above.  Shortly after the church we came across a Black (or sometimes called Blue) Pheasant. Not as unusual as I imagined, I think this one was nesting. I was amazed to discover that there are so many varieties in colour and size. Sadly as I googled the Pheasant I also came across articles in places like The Shooting Times, where gamefarmers talk about rearing over 300,000 a year to fill their demands. This is also the reason that more unusual varieties are making their way onto British soils as different birds have different preferences to the kind of terrain they choose to live on.  The increase in desire to shoot these beautiful animals is for me another sad part of country life.  On a warmer note I did like the message we saw on this open gate.

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Another great day and for those who maybe interested here’s the route we took, marked in purple.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 27, 2013 8:09 am

    I firmly believed that churches should neccessarily be white. You’ve proved me wrong. That church is so amazing, so beautiful, so cosy 🙂

    • April 27, 2013 1:40 pm

      It was a completely unusual find and one that took me by surprise too. The interior is really quite small and compact and it felt like being in some tudor banquet room. The black and white painting and it being a church was an odd mix, but one that I liked too, I left feeling that I’d experienced somewhere quite different.

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