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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Tuesday, April 10, 2007
    Trent Valley wanderings

    A day out with Phil and Mike following in the footsteps of Charles Hurst, from Burton Joyce to the centre of Nottingham

    Are these Hurst's oaks? On the island between Burton Joyce and Shelford

    Englishness at its best: a roaming playwright, an art gallery director and a Church of England vicar combine with the lady publican of Shelford for a fine session of story-sharing in the very bar where Hurst enjoyed 'many a ponderous jest' with 'a few callow youths, ranging in age from fifty to one hundred years'

    Across the Trent from Stoke Bardolph - possibly an Entrance to Hell

    Boat crews out at the National Water Sports Centre

    Trent boathouses nestle beneath The Brian Clough Stand

    A lovely scenic setting for a football ground - and Notts County are on the opposite bank