|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|
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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.”|
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.
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