Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Links and Ties


The Cookworthy Museum in Kingsbridge, Devon like most  small market town museums is  some what eclectic, that is not intended as a criticism, it’s just they always feel like a bit of a root around in your grannies attic, you are never sure what you will find next.

My first surprise was the building its self, from the street, it looks old but quite ordinary and to be honest I only looked in detail at the outside afterwards, because I so surprised by the interior.


The first floor it is like standing in a  creaking galleon, the room is ancient and oak panelled,


it was once a grammar school, founded 1670, the oak bears the scars of the graffiti of centuries of bored school children (not much changes then.)


It might be beautiful copper plate script, but it’s graffiti none the less


Amongst some of the oddities in the museum  is this a wooden barrel

Whole milk

Powdered milk, from  The Borden Company, New York. How did it get there? and why? I’ll tell you tomorrow.


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

7 thoughts on “Links and Ties

  1. A lot of good finds and interesting shots. Very nice.

  2. This is delicious. In my part of the world a building from the late 19th century is considered very historic–is very historic, come to that. I love the copperplate graffiti.

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  4. Hi, I have a keg at home equal to the photo. I wonder if is worth today?

  5. I have a similar wooden barrel at home that I just bought from an antique shop. Do you have any history on it?

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