Historic English Villages [Summer Daze]

I posted a few landscape photographs on Wednesday from our little day trip to the Southeast of England last weekend, but I thought I’d share a few of the village that we visited too. We were actually heading out to visit my grandparents (Mikey’s great grandparents) and this is the village that they live in. The village itself is very old, the whole of the area was once covered in dense forest so travellers making their way to France instead walked along the North Downs to the coast. A hamlet grew up by the river to provide rest for these travellers.

The remains of a Roman camp have been found here where the Romans built a villa and an industrial site served by the local river. By medieval times the town had grown into a market. Most of the buildings now are Georgian in style, but behind the facades they date back much further, a lot of them to medieval times. The church dates back to the 13th century, although parts of it have been rebuilt and altered since then.

When we set out on our trip it was raining hard at my parents house, I had been hoping that the rain would be holding off in the Southeast so that I would be able to go out and take a few photos. The sun was shining and a little while after we arrived at my grandparents house, Mikey and I headed out for a little walk along the footpaths between the fields and around the back of the church. But as we reached the first gate, the clouds that had blown over us began to pour with rain. We took shelter under the tall hedgerows, watching the dark clouds until the rain subsided a little and then we took Mikey back to the house.

I went out for another walk, managing to duck under shelter for each rain shower, and walked around various parts of the village to take more photos. The rain made for some lovely bright green grass in places and some moody lighting in others.

We’re still enjoying our days visiting my family in rainy England. I hope you’re all having a great summer so far!

I’m teaming up with Alicia of Project Alicia and Kristi of Live and Love Out Loud to bring you the Summer Daze Fun Photo Party – a 6-week photo party link-up aimed at capturing your fun summer memories.

We’re taking things easy this summer. No prompts. No challenge. Just fun summer memories and a printable bucket list – our free gift to you.



The Summer Daze Fun Photo Party will run from June 15th – July 20th. Stop by and share your favorite summer images each Friday. Linky opens at 9am CST. Please link directly to your blog post or Flickr photo, not your homepage URL or Flickr stream. All are welcome to participate regardless of camera equipment or geographic location. Get in on the fun over on Instagram by using the #summerdaze hashtag. Please visit and comment on the previous post in the linky list.

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  1. I like the mood of the rainy day. I think it adds to your pictures. The brick and stone buildings are neat.
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  2. Thank you for sharing your photographs – they remind a Yorkshire girl so much of her homeland while here in Michigan!

  3. I love the red phone booth! So cool.

    Lots of great pictures! Someday I would love to go to England.

    I hope it’s ok if I posted two links! I thought my hot air balloons were perfect for the Summer Daze prompt, but I didn’t post it on Friday. If you want to get rid of the second link, I won’t be offended!
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  4. These pictures are amazing! I love the first ones with the headstones. Amazing history there!
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  5. So, so, so beautiful! Makes me want to fall in love (again..with the same person of course) okay, this is coming out all wrong..lol Anyhow, hopefully you know what I mean:) ~Barefoot Mama
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