Bike ride to Wheathampstead and the Ayots, 28th August 2017

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Bike ride to Wheathampstead and the Ayots, 28th August 2017

Postby Sprocket » August 29th, 2017, 10:09 pm

Possibly the hottest August bank holiday ever, so I pedalled out into the countryside, and visited George Bernard Shaw's house at Ayot St Lawrence, which I've passed numerous times before, but never been into until now.

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Re: Bike ride to Wheathampstead and the Ayots, 28th August 2

Postby GregB » August 30th, 2017, 1:22 pm

Another good selection!

That self-preening, opinionated, radical old bore and arch windbag, Shaw, certainly didn't skimp on domestic space and comfort! And the photos on the mantelpiece are a real rogues' gallery of deranged proto-totalitarians.

I like the drop handlebars on your bike.

What's the story behind that ruined church?
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Re: Bike ride to Wheathampstead and the Ayots, 28th August 2

Postby Sprocket » August 30th, 2017, 9:33 pm

I've just noticed that I've dupicated this thread twice - I must have repeatedly hit the 'Submit' button - I recall that nothing seemed to happen at first. I'll delete the other two.
I think Shaw, like a lot of left-wing intellectuals of that period, remained besotted with the Soviet Union long after her should have realised what a hell it had descended into.
Apparently, in the 18th Century, the local squire of Ayot St Lawrence had the new, Palladian church built, and then closed the old medieval church, later having it partly demolished to create a romantic ruin. The bishop, when he heard, was understandably furious, and ordered the demolition to stop, but by then it was much too late. [Edit] Well, that was the version I read somewhere, but Wikipedia gives a slightly different version. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayot_St_Lawrence
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Re: Bike ride to Wheathampstead and the Ayots, 28th August 2

Postby Lyn » August 30th, 2017, 10:01 pm

You have quite a talent for photography, Sprocket.
I'd like to go there, thanks to your pictures.
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Re: Bike ride to Wheathampstead and the Ayots, 28th August 2

Postby Sprocket » August 31st, 2017, 5:24 am

Thanks. I must get a better camera - a so-called "digital SLR".
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Re: Bike ride to Wheathampstead and the Ayots, 28th August 2

Postby Pondero » August 31st, 2017, 1:30 pm

Great photos Sprocket of the church and the home of GBS. I could never stand watching his plays performed at Stratford ,Ontario. I would rather see the. The Midsummer Nights Dream, by the Bard.
Your bike has mudguards and no crossbar. Here people who spend a thousand or so on a bike and equipment don't have mudguards. Only the police have mudguards.
The cyclists are summer cyclists only. When school starts again they will be back in the classroom.

My daughter says some people ride bikes all year round. Mostly high falluting lawyers or exec types who spend thousands on their stuff, then get comp!aints on talk radio for their lack of manners and road sense.
I know you obey the signs of the road.

Riding a bicycle here has as much snobbish appeal as owning a Lexus LC car.
When I was a child I road a bicycle without brakes!
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This is not surprising in today's wired , or wified world.
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