a short trip to lincolnshire

hobby tetford imageWe’ve just returned from a brief trip to Lincolnshire. Our first night we spent at the pretty little Wold’s village of Tetford in Lincolnshire. It’s not very famous. Tennyson probably visited the local hostelries because he was born nearby. Captain Edward Dymoke, the royal champion at George II’s coronation, is buried in the church; a commemorative tablet is topped by his breast plate and basinet, evidence of his diminutive stature in contrast to his grand rank.

Many churches give the impression of being nothing but show pieces, but the interior of Tetford’s church has the air of an elderly avuncular parishioner wearing his favourite ancient woollen jersey, looking slightly dishevelled but warmly comfortable and proud of it. It was built about 700 years ago out of local green sandstone, the blocks of which are now mellowed, if pitted and weather-worn. Gargoyles on the corners of the tower glare down as if to reprove late comers.

It’s a peaceful place. We pitched the motor home on the grass of Tetford’s camp site, a Camping Club CS. Just one other ‘van was there, a woman attending a course on colour therapy at a venue within the village. She said she was the only one from England. The other 70 delegates were from China, Russia, USA and sundry other countries around the globe. What a thing to discover in a quiet pastoral corner of old England! If you don’t stop to poke around, you’ll never know what’s happening on the other side of the metaphorical hedge.

At Skegness the next night, we discovered that we don’t always want to know. The last time we were here the only saving grace was the pub overlooking the beach near the camp site’s gates. Now even that’s gone, having been reduced to a series of concrete foundations and a pile of rubble. The arcade is boarded up and fenced off, presumably awaiting demolition – not before time. This part of Skegness is slightly ragged, and I couldn’t see any sign of pride. When we English do shabby, you have to admit we do it wholehearted

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