After a nice restful day yesterday, which was spent with my friend Penny sewing, today could not have been more different.
We set off from home about 9am to have a day of Off Roading on the Byways of Northamptonshire, starting near Thrapston.
I Usually open and close a mass of gates so thought I would photograph them all, but we did not pass through many so I added in a photo of Fotheringhay Church, the whole village is most impressive and well know for it's castle.
Fotheringhay Castle was probably founded around 1100 by Simon de Senlis, Earl of Northampton. In 1113, possession passed to Prince David of Scotland when he married Simon's widow. The castle then descended with the Scottish princes until the early 13th century when it was confiscated by King John of England.
Later Henry III took it under his control; Fotheringhay remained in royal hands until the reign of Edward II.
It was a favoured residence of the Dukes of York, and King Richard III was born here in 1452.
It was also the final place of imprisonment of Mary, Queen of Scots, who was tried and executed in the castle in 1587.
One stretch of Byway is really rough so I attempted to video it [ in three parts!] it was like going to the Chiropractor for the roughest of treatments! Plus some parts were so narrow the car added to its scratched look.
All in all a great fun day even though I'm all shook up.
|Really difficult to open!|
|Chris opened this one|
|Chains and hooks|
|A very wide gate|
|This was too difficult for me to close|
|The last gate|