The Fence: 17 September 2020
What more needs to be said. Clearly, the fence has seen better days!
Better Days, another title achieved in Maria’s Antonia’s #2020picoftheweek
But they are the most interesting to photograph, aren’t they?
Curious…it looks like something else, maybe a bannister, being used as a fence…
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The fence went on for several sections. I thikn it was specifically made. Besides which it was around the grounds of a genuine Elizabethan house. Not the sort of folks to skimp.
I love this fence. I just want to give it a hug! (Okay, not really. But I do feel quite curious about the history behind this fence. Was it built by someone who wasn’t all that handy? Did the ground sink? It looks like maybe parts of it were replaced.) Oh, there are stories this fence could tell, I’m sure of it!)
I’ve no idea of the history other than to say the house whose garden it guards is a genuine Elizabethan hall. It’s beautiful. Really well cared for. Strange then that the fence is so run down. It looks like it’s been repaired several times.
That is very interesting. Hmmm.
We’re a weird lot when it comes to our history!!!
Oops, a typo. *Clearly!
One of the interesting aspects of fences is that, while originally meant to be functional, by marking boundaries and preventing straying livestock, they became ornamental as well. If one thinks of fences as functional, it’s funny to see a fence that only covers, say, a few yards on either side of a gate.
My home town’s “new” cemetery was built with a fence of stone pillars connected by two thick wooden railings. Probably it was partly ornamental, partly to keep out neighbors’ livestock, for the town was mostly farmland in those days. Since then, the surrounding area’s gone to houses and woods, and the rails have decayed and are now often missing. So there are these stone posts marking the old boundary, but they no longer serve any real purpose. They just look a bit quaint.
I was just taken by how immaculately kept the house is (Elizabethan, genuine) and how ragged the fence. Odd, I thought. Maybe they haven’t gotten around to that yet?
Or perhaps they see it as not worthy of restoration? Who knows?
Maybe it’s on the agenda for later?
It seems like it had interesting construction in the first place, given the weird top board.
I think it’s very old. I do wonder if there’s a preservation order on it. Saxlingham is a kinda special village, full of old houses
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