Thursday, March 16, 2006


Debbie and two friends, Beth and Aviva, drove (thanks to Beth and her car) to a small village outside of Cambridge called Burwell. Below are pictures from that day.

This is the main church in the village, called St. Mary's. It was built in the 15th century.

Here is a (crooked) picture of the nave of St. Mary's. The interior is quite plain except for a rose window, two stained glass windows and the woodwork bordering the ceiling.

Here is one of the two major stained glass windows. They are on either side of the nave. The top image is the Annunciation, and the bottom one is the Nativity.

This is a detail on a window in the choir of the church. Each window was adorned with similar angels on both bottom corners.

This wall painting depicts St. Christopher. It dates from the 15th century, when the church was built.

We weren't sure what this church building was in earlier times. It stands behind the cemetery, in between the church and where the castle was built.

After viewing the church and castle grounds, we had lunch at a quaint pub called the Five Bells. Here are Beth and Aviva standing out front.

Can you imagine, we missed this sign, posted to show how to get to the Burwell Museum! We finally found the windmill AND the museum.

This is the Burwell Windmill which is located directly in front of the museum.

The next two pictures are of the Burwell Museum. Unfortunately, it is closed until after Easter. We'll have to return. It reminds me of Sturbridge Village in MA.

Here's another picture of the open air museum.

This is one of the still-standing thatched roof houses in Burwell. It was beautiful!

On the way back to Cambridge we stopped in a village called Swaffham Bulbeck, to see the church there. It is also called St. Mary's.
The tower dates from the 13th century. No wonder renovations are being done.

On the outside of the church the windows are adorned with these details.

The pews were sculpted with different animals on the posts, some mythological and some real. They were obviously hundreds of years old.

This building, called Linton House, sits directly across the street from the church. I was amazed that it was actually standing! Every part of the building was crooked!


At 1:20 PM, Blogger sb4444 said...

Lovely photos. I came across your post when I ran a search for my name (Burwell) on Blogspot.

There are two villages called Burwell in England, the Cambridgeshire one and another in Lincolnshire (the county where my family come from).

I've never visited the Cambridge one, but your photos have inspired me to go there.

Best wishes,

Steve Burwell


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