The Pilgrim Fathers were here


Yes, Bayard’s Cove, Dartmouth (above) was one of the last ports of call for the Pilgrim Fathers before they set sail to America in 1620. It served as an anchorage for the Mayflower and the Speedwell, which had developed a leak. They were both there for about a week before setting off again. The Speedwell went on to develop another leak and finally the Mayflower set off alone from Plymouth. By all accounts Bayard’s Cove would still be recognisable to those Pilgrim Fathers.

My next piece of Charity Shop Art is a watercolour of Bayard’s Cove by Peter J Burke about whom I can find no information.




is the naming and classifying or grouping of organisms. It was a system devised by Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778) and is still used to this day. He devised the two part system where every living thing had two Latin names with the genus first and then the species. It is still the starting point for modern botanical nomenclature. Here he is:

My next Charity Shop Art find is of Tropaeolum Majus or more commonly the Nasturtium. Linnaeus gave this plant this name because the plant reminded him of an ancient Roman custom which was that after a victory in battle the Romans would place the armour of their vanquished enemy on a trophy pole or tropaeum. Linnaeus thought the leaves of the Nasturtium looked like shields and the flowers like blood stained helmets.

Below is a rather fine drawing of that plant. There is a tiny signature which looks like SW and it is dated ’95:


The Ladies Bridge

Waterloo Bridge in London was first designed in 1809-10 and named in honour of the Battle of Waterloo. The new and present structure was designed by Sir Giles Scott and partially opened in 1942 and completed in 1945. You might notice that these two dates fall during the Second World War so the bridge was built by women and that is how it became known as The Ladies Bridge. Here is a photo of just 3 of those women:

Here is the bridge, as it is now, looking toward St Paul’s and the City:

My next piece of Charity Shop Art is a watercolour by Graham Haywood of that very view.

A Waterloo Sunset paradise?

St Barnabas Church – a short and varied history

By all accounts, the more genteel members of Guernsey in the Channel Islands, were not very happy about sharing their church with the less well off elements of that society. This led to the building of a separate church to meet the needs of the poor. It was the Rev R J Ozanne who found the site and started the fundraising for the Church of St Barnabas on Tower Hill, St Peter Port, Guernsey which was completed in 1874. Sadly (or perhaps happily when you consider the reason for the building of the church in the first place) the congregation had dropped off by the 1920s and the church was closed. It fell into disrepair and was variously used as a soup kitchen and museum until in 2005 when it was taken over by the Island Archives Service. Here it is in all it’s glory standing proudly above St Peter Port:

My next Charity Shop find is a print by Richard Thompson. It is numbered 14/50, signed and titled St Barnabas, St Peter Port, Guernsey. There is quite a lot about Richard on the back but you can also read about him at this link:
Here is the print, not bad for £1.95.