Having slept well I disobeyed orders and changed my mind about trekking to Chelmsford and the Record Office as I wished to
The bright sun fooling people into thinking it was warm tempted me out to capture pictures of the blue sky and something nice. All I found was a chimney. It so happened that yesterday I was busy browsing a book on a local village housing. The old houses date back to the 1300's in some cases though more came later and all have been constantly revamped. One thing that struck me was the use of chimneys. These appeared in the late 1400's so what did they do before I wondered. However work meant I was unable to read further and satisfy my curiosity. This building, like many down this street, are worth looking at, try it here Bradford Street. This one started in the 15th century and was added to in the 16th and 17th, constantly improved but showing some style, even if somewhat mixed. I have always been attracted to the scene at the side, reminiscent of an old world look. Most of these houses have connections to the wool trade later evolving into weaving, dying and so on. The Flemish weavers and their 'Bays and Stays' were so honest that once ordered people never checked the goods as they knew it would be as required with no cheating. The cloth trade continued until recently when Courtauld's closed down in the 90's.
Once home I attempted work and failed.
That was not a new experience.