We follow Geoff on Nb. Seyella and behind us is Nb. What a Lark and behind them Nb.Clarence
Offside moorings at Southrey, typical of the R. Witham
Seyella has just moored and we follow in
The flotilla all moored up and secure
After tea and cakes aboard Seyella I head off with the dogs to explore our surroundings.
The defunct Woodall rail station, a victim of the Dr Beeching cuts in 1963
Striking out towards Woodall Spa which is north of the river I turn a sharp right and head off into 'no mans land' looking for the remains of yet another Abbey.Lincolnshire seems to have been inundated with religious settlements they seem to occur every five miles or so. I imagine that this is productive land, the Church owns great tracts of it and therefore the Abbeys thrive.
Extinct fish pool
And again, the remnants of another fish pool
A little further along the lane is the church of St. Leonard. Part of the Abbey and built in the thirteenth century it is quite exquisite. I didn't see inside as it was locked but the outside was very interesting.
Detail of the main door
Having returned from walking the boys I got the bike out and peddled up into Woodall Spa. This is an elegant settlement that was founded in 1811 when mineral rich waters were discovered and the fashion of 'taking the waters', allowed the area to become a Spa in the same way the Malvern or Tunbridge Wells or Harrogate had embraced the Regency fashion.