Sunday, 21 February 2010

The place of the clear stream !


Living five minutes away from a main line railway station in Devon, certainly has its advantages!
More often than not, the train is our choice of travel on a Saturday and yesterday we decided to go east!
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Generally, if you want to travel to London from the South West, you can get to London Paddington, pretty quickly, on a First Great Western train.
But if you have more time to spare, you can opt to travel via South West Trains.
This is the service which takes you, eventually, to London Waterloo.
After Exeter, this route takes in such places as Whimple, Honiton, Axminster, Crewkerne, Yeovil Junction...etc
The journey is charming , peaceful and you'll find it easy on the eye.
The River Axe meanders near the railway line for some of the journey... it's a very pretty sight.
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Only a few minutes after Yeovil Junction, it is time to alight.
You'll find yourself here:

Sherborne...in Dorset.
Sherborne is one of those beautiful small towns, which was, once upon a time, the capital of Wessex.

It has some lovely, honey coloured buildings.
It has history.
The Saxons named Sherborne 'Scir Burne' - the place of the clear stream - and made it the capital of Wessex.
Two of King Alfred's elder brothers, King Ethelbert and King Ethelbald are buried within the impressive Abbey.

The town is full of historic interest, with 17th, 18th and 19th century architecture .

And one of the best bits...it has mainly 'non clone' shops!
As you well know, I am not a lover of clone towns.
There are many independent shops here!







We enjoyed our trip to Dorset...one of my favourite counties, after Devon, of course!
Meanwhile, I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!

;-)

21 comments:

Karen said...

Looks like you had a lovely day out Sal and lots of gorgeous photos :)

I too love Sherborne but it is quite some time since I have visited there!!! I love all the small individual shops :)

Leisa said...

Oh to go on a day trip with you Sal! What fun it would be!! Looks like you had a great day.

Rosie said...

Thanks for the lovely photos, Sal - what a wonderful place Sherbourne looks - I would love to be there right now :)

Guenievre said...

What a charming village ! With lovely shops !
One of my English friends live in Honiton ;-)
Belle promenade.
Have a nice Sunday.

melanie said...

What a lovely place to visit, simply charming. Thank you for sharing your photos with us. :) xxx

galant said...

And of course, Sal, the little free magazine Antiquexplorer is based in Sherborne! www.antiquexplorer.com
I've never been there, but now I certainly want to paya this lovely historic town a visit!
Margaret P

frayedattheedge said...

That all looks delightful - definitely one for the 'places to visit' list!!

Annie said...

Sherborne looks lovely, it's one of the places I have always fancied visiting, thanks for sharing your pictures.
Ann x

Simone said...

You live near some lovely places. I take it that Sherborne was more of a success than Penzance!!!

Rosie said...

What a lovely place. Thanks for showing us. yet another place to add to the list of places to visit. : )

Linda Gilbert said...

I don't suppose you know but Andy and I met in Dorset and that lovely county became our home for the first 6 years of our marriage-- Owen was born in Poole hospital and we both taught in Swanage. So your post bought back some very happy memorisex

CraftyHelen said...

I am extremely jealous of your fabulous days out. Those shops look amazing - I would have spent a fortune!xx

A Time to Dance said...

That looks like my kind of place Sal,we spent the weekend up ladders decorating....want to swap?

christine said...

i think you missed your calling. you should work in the travel industry.. i love the history of the places you show. glorious old buildings.gorgeous streets. i live in australia and love it,but the difference is amazing. thank you sal, keep up the good work. :)

Shirl said...

Looks like a wonderful day out Sal. A beautiful quaint village with lots of lovely indie shops; just my cup of tea ... :0)

Shirl x

Florence and Mary said...

It's so nice to find independent shops that are like treasure troves to visit!

Victoria xx

MarmaladeRose said...

I do love having a day out with you. You always take me to the prettiest places. Thank you.

funkymonkey said...

What a lovely day out. Another one to add to the list.

Tracey

bellaboo said...

you live in such a beautiful part of the country.We love to spend holidays in Devon and Dorset.I remember going to Sherborne years ago...before I was really into collecting vintage etc.. and by the look of all those lovely shops,I think I should return...and soon!

Bellaboo :o)

Andi's English Attic said...

Ooooh, a Forever England shop. I bought a quilt from them during the CL fair in the autumn.
Sherborne looks lovely - some delicious-looking shops. We were in Dorset for the half term and really enjoyed it. Hope to go back there in the autumn. xx

landcuckoo said...

You should work for the tourist board! Or better still, open up a retreat bed and breakfast where we could come and stay, craft and visit all these lovely places you show us! Book me in for a stay!
Take care
Sarah x