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Monday, 06 December 2004
The Smisby Lockup

Smisby lockup

This is the old lockup in Smisby. I found some information about this structure at the Smisby homepage. According to them

Also known as a jug, or roundhouse, lock-ups are relics of the past. The early 18th century village lock-up was used to lock up drunks and minor lawbreakers until they had cooled off, or while waiting escourt to Derby Court. It was also used to house paupers and vagrants on a temporary basis. The Smisby lockup is octagonal in shape, brick built with tiled spire roof and and has a heavy studded door. Other examples can be found at Ticknall, Breedon and at Alton and are of similar design - circular, without a window, a conical roof and a heavy door (there are around 200 surviving roundhouses in the country. Most date from the 17th and 18th century).

The village once had three pubs of which the Smisby Arms (formerly The Nelson) and the Annwell Inn (formerly Mother Hubbards, and The Malt Shovel before that) continue with a lively trade. However, in leaner times The Three Tuns just down the Main Street had insufficient trade and became a private dwelling. Perhaps with a population once around 300 and three pubs, this was sufficient to fill the lock-up frequently!

(From Smisby History - The Lockup)

This evening I gave Saleem a lift to Heathrow, where I picked up cousin Ruth. She had accompanied Tamsin there by train (to see her off and assist her with her luggage).  We drove up to Belper, where I dropped her with Lynette and Alan. I stayed for a cup of coffee and a chat, then returned to Smisby.

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Saturday, 04 December 2004
Smisby dawn - 3:55 PM


And this is the sunset, also as seen from my bedroom skylight, yesterday afternoon after work. I like to leave work earlier then normal on a Friday.  In this case I came home to change, pack some things in a bag and then head off to Leicester to pick up cousin Ruth.

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Smisby dawn - 8:02 AM


This was the view from the skylight window in my bedroom this morning. As you can see there was a thick frost over the fields. Fortunately my car is sheltered in the courtyard (of the farm), and I didn’t have to scrape. 

We had another fire alarm at work today but I didn’t get any more photos of the firemen and their engines because it was a drill. It was cold outside, so fortunately we could go in as soon as the head-counting and roll-call had been completed.  Everyone signs a register in and out of work so that in case of fire, once we have evaculated the building, the fire officers can quickly establish whether we have left somebody behind. 

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Friday, 03 December 2004
Lincoln Cathedral

Lincoln Cathedral

This is a collage of the Cathedral in the city of Lincoln. This evening after work I picked up cousin Ruth in Loughborough and we drove through to the Lincoln Christmas Market. This market was formed in 1982, after a visit by the city council to Germany. It claims to be the biggest Christmas Market in Europe with over 300 stalls. The “it claims” is an obligatory part of that sentence.  We had a pleasant supper at a quaint restaurant then strolled around the market. Many shops in the (old) town seemed to be open, and they were doing a roaring trade on this opening night of the four-day market.

There is a BBC webcam for the Lincoln Market place here here

Ruth and I seemed to have lost our bearings a bit coming back, but I managed to drop her off in Belper OK. It is then an easy route back to Smisby for me, and took about 35 minutes.

Posted by bigblue on 03/12/2004 at 12:41 AM
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Wednesday, 01 December 2004
Ashby Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

This evening I was feeling too stiff to do my evening jog, so I drove into Ashby to the Fairtrade evening market at the Methodist Church Hall.  This is run under the auspices of Tearfund, a Christian Aid Charity.  I bought a few month’s supply of muesli, some coffee and small gifts.  Some of the Christmas cards looked interesting, but all included verses from the Bible which always turns me off in a card.

On the way out I took this photo of the Ashby Christmas Lights in Market Street (the high street). All the lights are arranged on Christmas Trees which are sticking out of the shop buildings. The lights do not have a consistent theme: it is as if each shop decided on their own what lights to hang out. Overall the effect is pleasant, but it is hardly stylish or elegant.

Posted by bigblue on 01/12/2004 at 11:43 PM
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