Christchurch: Convent Walk, priory and grounds


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Christchurch: Convent Walk, priory and grounds

This page follows Christchurch: Bargates, High Street, and Castle Street. I took the photos here in 2018 (two), 2019 (one), and 2020.

Convent Walk and the mill stream off Castle Street, Christchurch Dorset, England, in May 2020

Convent Walk and the mill stream in May 2020

Turning right from Castle Street opposite the King’s Arms hotel — and just before the first river bridge — onto Convent Walk, which is on a dike with the river on one side and the mill stream on the other.


Canoes by Bridge Street, Christchurch, Dorset, in June 2020

Canoes in June 2020

Colored vegetation by river Stour in October 2020

Similar view in October


Convent Walk bridge over run-off from Mill Stream to River Stour

Shade in October 2020

This is a bridge over a run-off from the mill stream to the river. The plaque might look like brass in this photo, but it is gloss black with raised white lettering, here reflecting the light from the river and its moored boats.

Convent Walk bridge over run-off from Mill Stream to River Stour

Just the other side of the same structure in September


Priory grounds viewed from Convent Walk, Christchurch,

Turning around to view the priory grounds across the mill stream in October…

According to a placard at its base, this tree was planted in 1994. The ‘great war seating’, photographed close up farther on, is visible in the distance.

Boats moored in the river viewed from Convent Walk,

Boats moored in the river in October 2020


Swan air-taxying on the Mill Stream,  Christchurch, Dorset, England in 2020

Swan air-taxying

This swan on the mill stream settled back onto the water farther down. It seemed to me that it thought better of taking off fully with the overhanging trees in front on both sides, the bend in the stream, and the people coming its way.

The tip feathers curl upwards because of air pressure, as far as I know. (At rest they are straight.) Various hang glider designers over the years have tried to emulate them on the premise that they must be a good thing. (A reasonable assumption, it seems to me, given that soaring birds have them too.) Most recently (as of 2020) Wills Wing in California offers flexible tip attachments, which some pilots who have tried them claim improve both performance and handling at low speed. (See under External links later on this page.)

You might also notice the turbulators at the leading edges. Several conventional and not-so conventional airplanes (Harriers, for example) employ them and they were tried some years ago on the Altair Predator flex-wing hang glider.


Priory from Convent Walk, Christchurch Dorset, England, in July 2020

Priory from Convent Walk in July 2020

Gorky Park, Christchurch, Dorset, England

Gorky Park from Convent Walk in September 2020

Bridge over the mill stream just north of Place Mill, Christchurch, Dorset, England, in July 2020

Bridge over the mill stream just north of Place Mill in July 2020

Sailing club looking left at the stone bridge over the mill stream at Place Mill, Christchurch Dorset, England, in May 2020

Sailing club in May 2020. This is looking east (left) from the stone bridge over the mill stream at Place Mill.


Faina Anatomical Doll at a disused watermill in England

“This place must be a mill.”

I took this photo of Faina in late August 2018. It fits in geographically with this series, if not temporally. Faina was made in Vladivostok, Russia, in 2013 (if I recall right). I also took a photo of her sitting on a bench in the park (see farther on) which is why I call it Gorky Park.

Castle and priory

Each had a yew or hazel stave slung over his shoulder, plain and serviceable with the older men, but gaudily painted and carved at either end with the others. Steel caps, mail brigandines, white surcoats with the red lion of St. George, and sword or battle-axe swinging from their belts, completed this equipment, while in some cases the murderous maule or five-foot mallet was hung across the bowstave, being fastened to their leathern shoulder-belt by a hook in the centre of the handle. Sir Nigel’s heart beat high as he looked upon their free bearing and fearless faces.

― Arthur Conan Doyle, The White Company, 1891, the setting of part of the story being Christchurch castle

Castle Street, Christchurch, Dorset, England, in August 2020

Castle gates in August 2020

Bowling green building, Christchurch, Dorset, England, in June 2020

Bowling green building, June 2020

Back-tracking (in a virtual sense) to Castle Street and, instead of taking the Convent Walk turn-off, we take the earlier right-turn past the huge mound topped by a ruined pair of ancient stone arches west of the bowling green.

Bowling green building veranda, Christchurch, Dorset, England, in June 2020

Bowling green building veranda

Grounds near the priory, Christchurch, Dorset, England, in June 2020

Grounds near the priory (June 2020)


Great war seating in grounds near the priory, Christchurch, Dorset, England, in June 2020

Great war seating in grounds near the priory

According to a placard at its base, the tree between the bench and the wall was planted in 1986.

Priory, Christchurch, Dorset

Priory

Emily from North Carolina on the path by the priory Christchurch, Dorset, England,  in 2019

Emily from North Carolina on the path by the priory in May 2019


Mill stream and Convent walk viewed from the path by the priory

Mill stream and Convent walk viewed from the path by the priory in June 2020

The path converges with the mill stream and continues past the priory.

Wall with gate by the mill stream and Convent walk viewed from the path by the priory, Christchurch, Dorset, England, in June 2020

Wall with gate by the mill stream and Convent walk viewed from the path by the priory (June 2020)

Walled path from the priory to Gorky Park, Christchurch, Dorset, England, in June 2020

Walled path from the priory to Gorky Park (as I call it)


Faina Anatomical Doll sitting on a park bench in England

Gorky Park looking north from the stone bridge at Place Mill in 2018

I took this photo of Faina in late August 2018. It fits in geographically with this series, if not temporally. The exit from the walled path is at upper left. The mill stream and Convent Walk are hidden below the farthest trees.

The priory, looking right from the stone bridge over the mill stream at Place Mill

Priory. This is looking to the west (right) from the stone bridge. Also looking left from where the preceding photo was taken. May 2020.


Looking out from the rain shelter in Gorky Park by the priory in Christchuch, Dorset, UK

Looking out from the rain shelter in Gorky Park at a swiftly passing shower in November 2020

The rain shelter where I took this photo is set into the wall out of view to the left of the preceding photo of Faina. A boat is moored in the quay beyond the mill stream where Convent Walk bends onto the stone bridge just out of view at right.

Related

This topic continues in Christchurch: Quay and Church Street.

Faina at the quay

External links

The White Company on Wikipedia

Wills Wing carbon fiber and Lexan raked tip attachment: Wills Wing Sport 3 review by Jonathan Deitch page 38-9 in USHPA Pilot, May-June 2018. He describes the effect of the tips starting at the bottom-right of page 38.

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