I was just a bit too late in September 2013 to photograph this bit of local history before someone decided to wreck it. What a terrible shame.
probably the the oldest and longest continuously-running cafe between Reading and Newbury. Haven't been in it for decades, I suspect (but hope not) that some over bureaucratic H&S or food inspector has caused the upgrading of it's interior. Some time I must revisit place before it disappears.
Spent some very happy days from about 1962 to 1974 in the charming village of Lambourn - first studying at Oxford and then working in Swindon
unfortunatly this pub is now closed down.
The Speen Obelisk was originally located in the Broadway, at its junction with the Bath/London Road. It was erected in October 1828, following the construction of the Newbury Gasworks and the introduction of gas lighting for the town of Newbury and the adjoining area of Speenhamland.
It was originally known as the Speenhamland Lamp and remained in the Broadway until November 1888, when it was removed to allow the construction of a clock to celebrate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. The lamp pillar was then re-erected in it's present location at the junction of the Old Bath Road with Speen Lane.
The lamp itself is not the original. The existing lamp was installed in the late 1990's funded by the Speen Obelisk Restoration Appeal.
Such a well balanced scene with good strong colours, that I spotted in your church gallery, looks well worth a visit.L/1.
I remember this small church from a visit in the 1980s the wall looks in better condition.L/1.
Kennet and Avon Canal
Mainly pics of pubs & churches. U are a person of taste ( or a dissolute Vicar ) Cheers!
Best Wishes, Keith. U. K.
Good shot of a KC-97 Fencer!