Burton Agnes Hall, near Driffield, East Yorkshire

the front of Burton Agnes Hall

the front of Burton Agnes Hall

 

Burton Agnes Hall is an Elizabethan Manor House which was built at the start of the 17th century. It was built on the site of a Norman Manor House which still stands today.

It boasts lovely architecture, a huge display of artwork and artefacts, walled gardens, and a forest trail.

Here are some pictures, and a noteworthy.

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Top floor of the manor

 

St Martin, Burton Agnes

St Martin, Burton Agnes

 

a picture from inside the old Norman manor house

a picture from inside the old 12th century Norman manor house

Behind the old Norman manor house stands a rare example of a donkey wheel. This wheel would have been worked by a donkey, drawing water up from the well just below.

not my best picture, a bit blurry

not my best picture, a bit blurry

 

the old building which houses the donkey wheel

the old building which houses the donkey wheel

 

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Many thanks,

irlsey

Spot the Pub Number 1, Yorkshire – Irlsey Style

Good Afternoon,

This post is very much a tribute to West Yorkshire blogger wessyman. An investigative  blogger who is very experienced at researching grim tales… and visiting pubs…. (Just don’t buy him IPA, it’s not his preferred beer. Try Black Sheep… Me?.. Well, try buying me a Speckled Hen.)

After this read I strongly encourage you to go have a look at his wanderings and wonderings over here.

So the following pictures are of a pub, in a popular location in Yorkshire. But can you guess which one it is? View the images carefully, because they contain a few clues.

Click on an image, to get a larger picture.

The outside area of the pub. Good for eating, good for drinking

The outside area of the pub. Good for eating, good for drinking. My pint is finished. Best get me another one

 

Inside the pub, old as hell

Inside the pub, old as owt. Check out them beams

 

 

Strange decorative feature of this pub. Perhaps it tell a story

Strange decorative feature of this pub. Perhaps it tell a story

 

This antiquity was outside, near our table

This antiquity was outside, near our table

 

Anyway, that’s my attempt at a spot the pub. Fantastic excuse for a quick pint.

Whoever gets it wins a piece of pallet wood with their name inscribed on it. (with a router)

 

Many thanks,

 

Irlsey

Godwin Battery, Kilnsea, East Yorkshire

Hello,

 

This is the remains of Godwin Battery, at Kilnsea, near Spurn Point.

This was built during WWII at the same time as the Spurn Head Battery, to protect the East Riding of Yorkshire from enemy aircraft.

Godwin Battery, 1st Nov, 2015

Godwin Battery, 1st Nov, 2015

 

It has been falling into the now for many years, and soon it will be gone. Much like many other of the WW2 defences up the east coast.

Famously Kilnsea has a sound mirror, also surviving from world war two. Will snap this another time.

 

Cheers,

 

I

 

 

Bat Box, A Garden, East Yorkshire

Erm, made a bat box last week. Out of pallet wood of course. Picked a few up at work over the last couple of weeks.

I just busked my design using a few pictures off the internet.

 

Landing Pad for them to land on and work their way into the box

landing pad for them to land on and work their way into the box

Bats boxes need to be dry, so between the joints I poured wood glue. I then rubbed in very fine wood shavings produced from cutting the wood.

Everything was recycled, including the chicken wire and washers. The only NEW parts of the box were the gold turbo drive wood screws.

Small gap to keep the bats safe from predators

small gap to keep the bats safe from predators

I deeply scored the wood inside the box to the bats have something to cling onto from the inside.

in situe

in situe

Some websites recommend you put the boxes south-facing so it gets enough warmth. This is south-east facing – close enough. Also, needs to be quite a height off the floor. This is about 12ft high.

Haven’t seen ANY bats in the area since we moved here (October), so I am keeping my fingers crossed.

Will let you know how I get on.

 

/Irlsey

Sperm Whale Skeleton, Burton Constable Hall, East Yorkshire

As some of you already know, I like to find various oddities from around East Yorkshire and post them onto this site.

Well, here is a good one.

 

In 1825 a 58.5 foot-long  Sperm Whale was washed up on the East Yorkshire coast at a place called Tunstall. This was a big mammal and was an even bigger deal. Scientists came from all over the place just to examine and dissect the beast. A few weeks later the whale was nothing more than just bone. At this time the Lord Constable had the right to claim anything that was washed up on the Holderness coast. He claimed it, and a while later the remains of the whale got sent to the Burton Constable estate, East Yorkshire.

 

The Whale is still here today displayed in the Great Barn.

So, of course, I go up and take a look around.

Here we are

Here we are

Cracking place, this is a view from the North

Cracking place, this is a view from the North

In the stable section of Burton Constable, we find the Great Barn.

And inside….

 

The Burton Constable Whale

The Burton Constable Whale

And from the other angle

And from the other angle

Yes, this whopping great thing now resides in a barn, but it has been displayed all over the place. It actually got excavated from the gardens of the house in 1996 after it had been left outside for many years.

Herman Melville, the writer of the 1851 book Moby Dick was said to be inspired by descriptions made of the Burton Constable Whale… He even mentions it in the actual book. He writes:

…at a place in Yorkshire, England, Burton Constable by name, a certain Sir Clifford Constable has in his possession the skeleton of a Sperm Whale…Sir Clifford’s whale has been articulated throughout; so that like a great chest of drawers, you can open and shut him, in all his long cavities – spread out his ribs like a gigantic fan – and swing all day upon his lower jaw. Locks are to be put upon some of his trap doors and shutters; and a footman will show round future visitors with a bunch of keys at his side. Sir Clifford thinks of charging twopence for a peep at the whispering gallery in the spinal column; threepence to hear the echo in the hollow of his cerebellum; and sixpence for the unrivalled view from his forehead.

 

Upon dissecting the whale, scientists found a spear of a swordfish in its back, and they also found an infected wound caused by a harpoon. Interesting or what!!!!

Many thanks,

 

irlsey

 

Irlsey Upcycles an Old Pallet – A garage – East Yorkshire

Alright,

Did a bit of upcycling today – you know… creating something new out of a redundant / wasted object.

Started off with this bad boy.

Lovely heat treated pallet

Lovely heat treated pallet

It’s my first project so I decided to go for something quite simple. Something practical that I could use in my garage. Some sort of unit.

Firstly I rip the pallet to bits. Hammer, jigsaw and brute strength.

Just a small selection of the wood used obtained

Just a small selection of the wood used

The wood is really strong, I sand it back a bit to get rid of some of the dirt and to bring it back to life a bit. I also smooth the corners.

I picked some boards that had interesting patterns / deformities and set to work.

I’m a messy worker….

Vice - Made in Britain

Vice – Made in Britain

Looks good to me

Looks good to me

Cut two of these and am going to use these on the sides

Cut two of these and am going to use these on the sides

With the sides added. Like the table? Bought that bad boy for £5. BARGAIN

With the sides added. Like the table? Bought that bad boy for £5. BARGAIN

Almost finished, have you guessed what it is yet?

Complete with bottle opener on the side.

Complete with bottle opener on the side. Speckled Hen anyone?

Yes, a beer bottle rack. Made from all recycled wood. Pallet wood is very strong and has proven brilliant to work with. It’s full of character and really sturdy. The only annoying part was removing all the old nails.

All this achieved in under 2 hours, with just a hammer, jigsaw, drill and an old wooden pallet.

Wessyman has already put in an order for one of these. He can pay me with beer. Only the good stuff though.

Did you notice that the rack had a beer missing from the middle of it?

:)

🙂

Well, I had to have something to help me tidy up.

 

// Irlsey

East Yorkshire Garden Wildlife #1

Hello,

So I recently moved house, which explains my long absence. It’s been a hectic year, and I have had no internet for months…

Now we are nicely settling in and I am now connected up the internet.

So anyway, it was a nice morning, so I thought I would take the opportunity to take some photographs of some of the critters in our garden.

 

to make the pictures bigger, just click on them

 

Good chance for me to play with my camera as well. It's not been used for a while

Good chance for me to play with my camera as well. It’s not been used for a while

This one is a bit thinner

This one is a bit thinner

Frost on the grass. This one again, is quite thin

Frost on the grass

just a tit

what a tit

same bird

same bird

this one coming for some food

this one coming for some food

come on then.. what is it???

come on then.. what is it???

 

wessyman would be very proud.

 

More posts incoming very shortly. I’ve got some catching up to do.

 

Irlsey