Following on from my last post (the entry in my dlog, not a tune on a trumpet which would be rather absurd. Whoever heard of a dog playing the trumpet?), I thought I’d do some research. And I found two pictures of drawings of what the lower room in the wooden annexe or Priest’s House looked like at the turn of the 20th century. The only difference I can see is that someone opened up the toilet door in the second one.
This is the artist’s impression of what the room looked like in 1902, so it probably looked similar when the last school children attended Puckles School in the late 1800s and what Daffodil would have seen in the Old Girl’s ebook ‘Daffodil and the Thin Place’, had she been a real person, which of course she isn’t. Although if I had my way, she would be.
Anyway, the Old Girl loves being in the wooden annexe and last Tuesday, she took me up the weird stairs to look round again. Here’s me on the last bend of the staircase, as we got to the top floor. We looked at some of the bits and pieces that have been gathered to make the top room look like it might have looked in the 19th century and I spotted an interesting large cup on the wall. The Old Girl told me I really didn’t want to sit in it but I’ve been known to be a bit headstrong from time to time and that was a time. There was a poster on the wall about it and I asked the Old Girl to read it to me. Big cups such as the one I’m sitting in and the ones in the photo were apparently called ‘chamber pots’ in those days. But the Old Girl couldn’t read it to me, for laughing. When I can read, I’ll find out more about chamber pots and see what the big joke was. If you know, please drop me a line.
Anyway, the other interesting things I spotted were dragons. Or something like dragons. And they were carved above the main door of the church. Not something you might expect to find in a church. Or perhaps you know better? Please let me know. If you don’t, I may have to make something up.
Well, if you’re in the area of Laindon, Essex, why not give St. Nicholas Church a visit? You’ll probably spot some really interesting things too. And if you’re not in the vicinity, why not buy the Old Girl’s ebook ‘Daffodil and the Thin Place’? All money raised from sales of the book will go towards maintenance of the church. You can get it here from the Muse It Up Publishing website or from your favourite ebook retailer. Reading ‘Daffodil and the Thin Place’ is almost as good as actually being there in the 19th century.