Having delved very deeply into the Plymouth of the 1820s onwards last week, I just couldn't resist this book which has great illustrations, and has shown me what it was like for my 3 x g. grandparents etc living there. At £5.99 including postage, it didn't exactly break the bank either.
This lovely building was in Catherine Street and was completed in 1630 and originally was to help house the industrious poor - a sort of workhouse. "Setting the poore on worke". It developed over the centuries into a "convenient Almshouse" or "Hospital of Orphans." It eventually ended up as a "nest of vagabonds"! and is now beneath the New Guildhall and Municipal buildings.
Sadly, the ancient houses which weren't knocked down in the way of progress, were lost to Enemy bombing in WWII. (Southampton city centre suffered similarly - both were important ports).
Anyway, I am almost back to normal now, and hoping that Keith won't be very bad with this. He is walking a little better today but his medication doesn't work as it should because of the illness and his legs have been in spasm today. Anyway, at least he has an appetite - I lost mine completely for several days. I am going to tuck him up in front of the tv and escape for 2 hrs to go to a talk given by the local Heritage Society. I need to have some "me time".
More work in the garden today, and progress is being made with the weeds. I've done about 15 feet along the base of the stone wall which is beside the pond and supports the path around it. Hoiking out grass, moss, lots of dead beech leaves and spent beech mast, broken beech twigs and ivy. Tomorrow I must plant the plants I have bought recently and carry on with putting the contents of one side of the big wooden compost containers as a base for my first raised bed.
Have a good weekend all.