Yesterday you were shown the finished Mural that has been painted & hung in the Pavilion in Cholsey. Today I will run though what each of the panels depicts.
The Abbot was the Abbot of Reading who's abbey used to own the lands round Cholsey, the church was originally built in Saxon times and still has masonry from that time in the church. The Danes sacked Wallingford after rowing up the Thames then popped over to Cholsey stayed the night and sacked Cholsey before heading off over the downs. They were caught & defeated near Winchester
This one shows a Shepherd and a Barn. The Shepherd is there because they used to look drove sheep though the village on the way to Market. The Barn because we had the largest tithe barn in the country at one time before it was demolished in 1815. It was 16 meters high 16 meters wide and 91 long
A lot in this one. Maypole, Red Kite, War Memorial , the civil war & Fairmile. The Maypole because Mayday is celebrated in the village and there is dancing round the Maypole. Fairmile because it was the county's asylum at one time employing a lot of the village. The building is still there and converted into flats. Red Kites as they fly round the village. The War Memorial is in the Church and the civil was because it was like other places involved and there was a battle in the Town next door Wallingford.
The sheep from where they were driven through the village to market in Wallinford. The sailing boat because that was how goods were transported along the the river years ago.
This one shows the sheep and modern day agriculture along with part of the four arches which crosses the Thames outside Cholsey.
Below is a racing skiff which practise along the Thames at Cholsey, there is also one of the Oxford University Boathouses in the Village
The last one is the Bunk as we called it, the train that used to go between Cholsey & Wallingford. The bridge is a bit of artistic licence as it went under a bridge we called Bunk Arch. No doubt it did run on the main line over four arches. Just above is the pavilion in which the mural hangs.
Hope you have enjoyed my little bit of history on Cholsey as seen through the mural.
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