Sad News: Up the Tower of Power

This week started with very sad news indeed; a telephone call announced the passing of a dear friend and colleague J.
I have written a few words on this subject, and should you wish to read; click here. God Bless J.

This year 2011 marks the 400 anniversary of the printing of one of the greatest works in English Literature, namely the King James 1 translation of the Bible.
It was time to remind myself of our local hero William Tyndale, born in North Nibley, who according to (wikipedia) 83% of the NT and 76 % of the Old Testament used in the James' Bible, were the words of our man.

With my  wife D., we set of in the car and parked in the lay-by next to the church yard in North Nibley; a village two miles from the town of Wotton- under Edge.
With walking gear on, we crossed the road and made our way up the footpath to Tyndale's  Monument.

The route as, you can see, took us up  a leafy flight of steps, which I reckon is the longest number of steps on the entire Cotswold Way ; but I cannot confirm this.

Once up the steps, it was but a short walk to the monument itself.

I took this shot at an angle, as you can see; but I like the contrails in the background, which I think conveys an extra sense of power.

When we arrived at the tower, we had a pleasant surprise; the inside door, which led upto the top of the tower was open.

I gave D. a camera and bravely she ascended   120 + steps.

Here is another shot from inside the Tower.

It was, of course perfect weather for taking photographs and here are two more which D. took; one looking straight down (33M ) from the top and the other looking over the glories of the Gloucestershire Countryside.

Leaving the tower and  following the Way, I took this shot on the tower, which includes the cross on top.

Further information on Tyndale and the Tower, can be accessed from the search box, by inputting  Tyndale : this will refer you to earlier posts.

The rest of the walk to Wotton- under- Edge, goes through mostly woodland.

This walk from Nibley to Wotton, is a very attractive walk indeed; although steep at the beginning, it develops, after Tyndale, into a level stroll, until about 2.5 miles away, when you descend into Wotton.

In our case, after  visiting the local shops, we caught the local 'bus 311 back ( free with pass; we love it!) to North Nibley, where we found the car and gently made our return home.


'Peake's Progress.' Following last weeks'  talk on his father Mervyn by Sebastian, I managed to liberate another work " Rhymes without Reason, " thanks to D.s careful checking at Cirencester's Antique Fair.
It was great to have this little book back, in my hands again.
Originally published in 1944, this was the 1974 edition. A bright note to end a sad week.

I hope the week ahead brings happier times to all.
Enjoy the daylight, avoid the rain and remember the clocks go back this coming weekend.



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