Gotta Go to Gloucester (2)

Continuing where we left off

Gloucester Locks are the entrance to the harbour from the River Severn.  This image was taken from the harbour side lock gate looking towards the Severn. I covered the locks route in a post way back in 2017 

Had I been entering the harbour system from the Severn I would be seeing the view below instead. 

I watched the antics surrounding this vessel for awhile, but I could not work out what they were trying to do. It was a relaxing sort of scene though but realistically I could have been there for hours and they would probably still be doing it. I do not have that kind of patience. Besides, I needed to watch the time as I still had to get to the bus station and wanted to at least try to see the Cathedral.

Messing about with boats.

As I exited the harbour I spotted a large egg shape ahead and just had to investigate. Way back in 2015 these had been scattered around the town for the Rugby World Cup. I was not really interested in pursuing them all so photographed them when/if I saw them. This particular one was labelled “Colour the World” by Swarez. and it looked like this way back then:

And this is what it looks like today…….

Having seen the results of over 5 years standing around doing nothing I felt suitably invigorated but was starting to get tired.  I bid the narrow boats farewell and looked for the way out. 

Would the Regiment  give me a lift? Nope, even the Army seemed to be closed.

Ferret MK 2 Reconnaissance Car

I spotted a likely alley with signage pointing towards the Cathedral area and  started the long plod back to town (I hoped.)  Once underway I spotted my target in the distance. 

Just a quick detour for some artwork….

I had emerged into Westgate Street and somewhere along here was an alley that led to the Cathedral Close. That spire in the middle belongs to St Nicholas Church,  which was declared redundant on 7 May 1971, and was vested in the Churches Conservation Trust on 25 June 1975. I doubt whether I ever had a look around the church but will remember it for next time. 

This wonderful alley leads to St Michael’s Gate which was the entrance to “the lay cemetery”, and was used by pilgrims to the shrine of Edward II. It also has a quirky secret in the corner:  Beatrix Potter’s “Tailor of Gloucester” “lived” in the shop. 

I did not have the time to visit the Cathedral any longer, but took a quick look before heading for  tourism office to enquire about “facilities”. 

Fortunately the “facilities” were in shouting distance and I was also able to stock up on a bottle of Ribena which I emptied even before I hit the bus station. It was now really a matter of following the arrows till I got to the bus station, pausing for a quick pic of  ancient Roman. Gloucester was founded in AD 97 by the Romans under Emperor Nerva (that’s him on the horse) as Colonia Glevum Nervensis, and was granted its first charter in 1155 by King Henry II.

One last surprise was awaiting me as I passed between the scaffolding on the way to the bus station:

 You just have to love public and street art! 

And then I was on my way home. I was exhausted, dehydrated, sunburnt and worn out after my jaunt.  I do not have the stamina any longer due to the enforced 2020/21 stay at home. And, I am getting on too, plus I always have to bear in mind where the next loo may be.  They are all challenges that I need to deal with, but for tonight I would be able to sleep like a log.

DRW © 2021. Completed 21/07/2021

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