Wild Walks

The Wild Walk Gallery Feature posts comprise photographs l have taken during my many walks around the medieval town of Sandwich and surrounding areas of the county of Kent, where l live and added inspirational quotes, music and fun facts and snippets of interest too.

The photographs taken for Wild Walks are a mixture of buildings and architecture, flora, fauna, The River Stour and other waterways, Gazen Salts Nature Reserve and Town Life.

Season 3 – 2022
Gallery 4
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I live in the beautiful and historic town of Sandwich in Kent in the southeast of England. The River Stour lies on the edge of the town. Originally, Sandwich was one of the Cinque Ports, and we have many medieval buildings here from the original construction time. Sandwich is two miles from the coast, and although once it was a major port in its own right, this is no longer the case due to the silting up of the River Stour.

Musical Score – Reflections

 “You can be everything. You can be the infinite amount of things that people are.”

Sandwich Snippets

The Old Kings House

The Old Kings House is also known as The Old House or King’s Lodging and is located on Strand Street; Sandwich was listed as a Grade II Conservation building in 1950. It was built for King Henry VIII.

Queen Elizabeth [1558 to 1603] is recorded as staying here in 1573, and King Henry VIII [her father] was here to observe the fleet’s departure for the Field of the Cloth of Gold in 1520.

Sandwich Snippets

St Peter’s Church

Today St Peter’s Church is found in the centre of Sandwich, and whilst it is not used as an active church for praying. It is still a consecrated church and is open for visitors worldwide to journey here to discover the wonders of the church’s history. This church is a Grade I listed building.

A Norman church was on these grounds of St Peter’s in 1100, which was destroyed mainly by warring French parties in 1216. The church was rebuilt in the 13th century by French friars. The church underwent refurbishments during the 14th century, and the grounds and buildings were expanded.

By the mid 15th century, the church underwent more expansion under Flemish Protestant supervision, who migrated to Sandwich from the Netherlands and decided to stay and made the church their church. The church’s tower collapsed during the 16th century and enjoyed being rebuilt. Since the mid-eighteenth century, various restorations have been awarded to the church following storm damages and refurbishment.

“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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11 thoughts on “Wild Walks

  1. Thank you for sharing yet another of your lovely walks through space and time, Rory! Interesting nature tidbit at the end with the reflected light emphasizing the spider webs surrounding the dead blossoms. 😊

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  2. Wow such incredible history you live in!! 😮😮

    I remember living in Boston area and there a lot of history there… the start of our country, many events happen there Plymouth Rock and the Boston Tea Party lol

    It’s incredible to have history right on doorstep and yours is so incredible!

    You walk in places that historical people were, you know the stories and even though so long after – you still see bits that they laid their eyes on!

    Almost like ghosts of past. I was looking at old photographs … I have a photo of both of my GREAT Grandfathers standing together for a picture on my grandparents driveway… the photo has to be from circa 1960?

    The area no longer looks same at all… I have more recent photos around that spot – that spot always makes me think of them and it is like ghosts… once they were there – now they are not… but to stand in the spot you know they we on … and what they see vs what you now see.

    Crazy – plus that history you have is so old it gives me chills – I would be in awe with it!

    Ralph Waldo Emerson is one of my favorites ❤️ he is buried in Concord Massachusetts in Sleepy Hollow cemetery lol … it’s still a tourist attraction. Louisa May Alcott, Nathanial Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau are also buried in that cemetery. It brings many tourists. Even in death – how about that? Lol ✌️

    Can you imagine to see all of it when was brand new?? 😮 What was it like then and what was their lives ❤️😮

    Always blows my mind!

    Very beautiful town

    Do they do tours in that King’s House? I would be so curious for that!

    We have a town in Massachusetts called Sandwich … people joke around about the police department, because they are called the sandwich police 😄😄 🚨 🥪

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    1. The Sandwich Police 🙂


      They don’t do tours inside the house strangely enough as it’s now a private residence l believe – can you imagine dusting and hoovering that daily … ?

      But they do tours of Sandwich, Suze and l will take one of those this month.

      I love history have done since l was in my early teens and coming back to England from Australia [the latter had very little good history].

      America’s Sleepy Hollow!! More than just a film then 🙂

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      1. I can not even imagine a place so old that was used in history … I can’t even imagine your castles – is like fairy tale to me… it would be incredible!

        I wonder if are any spirits or energies – you must have many ghost stories?

        Lol… the legend of sleepy hollow

        I always loved that tale at halloween 🎃 ❤️ but the tale originates from New York.

        Sleepy Hollow Cemetery just happens to be name of that particular cemetery lol … but is not THE Sleepy Hollow lol


  3. My favorite from this group is the misty churchyard daffodils, but they’re all awesome pictures.

    Good ol’ Henry VIII 🤪 Being his Queen was an unlucky thing for sure, but people kept agreeing to it🤷🏼‍♀️

    I love the history of your town and the UK, and all of Europe too. Our oldest buildings are Spanish Missions. The San Diego Mission was the first one and I think it dates back to 1770. It’s still an active church, AND a historical landmark.
    The indigenous people didn’t tend to build things meant to last forever, though they were here for centuries before Padre Serra started with his churches along the coast.

    I bet you can really sense the history of the town on your Sunrise walks when the town is quiet!

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