There are around 16,000 Church of England churches half of which were built during the Middle Ages. Christianity is thought to have arrived in England around 47AD and the oldest surviving church is St Martin’s in Canterbury built in about 590AD. When the Normans arrived in the 11th Century they started to build lots and lots of churches believing that God had been on their side during the invasion. The Tudor period saw the end of the church building era and far fewer have been built until this day.
Hard as I tried it has been impossible for me to identify the Norman church in the next watercolour. I have looked at endless photos of churches but as there are 16,000 of them it has been rather a fruitless task. There is a signature on the painting but I can’t find out anything about the artist so all I can say is that this is a rather lovely watercolour of somewhere by someone!
Faversham in Kent has the best medeival street in England, the oldest brewery and helped to win the Battle of Trafalgar with the explosives produced there. It is in a prime location at the head of a navigable creek with easy access to London and to Europe. It has been settled since pre-Roman times. Until the 1930s the Creek was a working waterway teeming with sailing barges but as freight took to the roads it gradually fell into disuse and the last shipyard closed in 1975. The Faversham Creek Trust aims to restore Faversham Creek as a working waterway www.favershamcreektrust.com
This next charity shop find was given to me by my dear, old friend Tony and it is an absolute gem. Painted in watercolours by Stanley Andrews it is entitled Faversham Creek and originally sold for £35. There is quite a lot about Stanley on the Internet and he is described as a ‘prominent English water colourist’ and was an elected member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists www.rsma-web.co.uk I say was because I think, from my research, that Stanley is now the late Stanley Andrews.
Here is an example of his work:
Here is the watercolour that I have: