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Young swan apparently ‘hunkering down’ .

Commencing today we have three days of heavy rain and strong winds forecast culminating in, possibly, 40 mph winds on Friday.

Here are a few images illustrating conditions from my walk this morning around Rouken Glen in south Glasgow.

Bridge at risk of inundation.

Waterfall in full spate.

Collective swan preening session from a few days ago.

View of Chipping Campden with War Memorial and Market Hall.

This evening, I am posting information on the quintessentially English Cotswold village of Chipping Campden which is situated about 100 miles N.W of London. Population is about 2200.

Chipping Campden is well endowed with antique and other specialist shops, hotels, and restaurants.

Early wealth was derived from wool trading in the medieval period. The name is derived from a combination of ceping (Old English for ‘market’) and camp and denu ( Old English for ‘valley with enclosures’.)

Traditional thatched cottage.

A symbol of the village is the famous Market Hall (below) which dates from 1627. There is also the impressive, perpendicular wool church of  St James. Visitors are attracted by the traditional thatched houses as illustrated in images below.

Market Hall

Hicks Memorial inside St James Church

Parish Church (Anglican)

the early 20th century a community of Arts and Crafts specialists (metalworking, jewellery, furniture making, etc.) moved from London and established workshops in Chipping Campden.

Bay Tree Shop

St Catherine’s Church (R.C.)

A fascinating village which features in many tours of the Cotswolds region. Other visitor sites nearby include Stratford-upon-Avon and Broadway Tower.

Interior of St Georges

This evening, I am reporting on a central Glasgow (Scotland) landmark, namely St George’s Tron Church.

From an architectural perspective the church was completed in 1809 to the design of William Stark. However, the site as a place of worship dates back to 1687. The 180 ft tower is topped by a cupola  and obelisks with Baroque influences evident at the upper tiers. However, the elaborate decoration usually associated with that style is somewhat muted in this case. During 2007-9 the building underwent a renovation and restoration programme costing GBP3.0M.

Interior of St George’s

St George’s is a Presbyterian Church within the Church of Scotland. Services are held on Sundays and Wednesdays.

During 2012-3 there was a brief hiatus when the then minister and his congregation split with the Church of Scotland on the matter of gay clergy and relocated to another building. However, the Church of Scotland subsequently regained control and rebuilt the congregation at St George’s under a new minister.

This church is very open-facing and operates a cafe during the day which is of benefit to locals and tourists alike.

Note that the word ‘tron’ is an old Scot’s word for weighbridge and reflects the former industrial activities in that locality.

View of St George’s from George Street.