An Old Swan Made New

East Claydon timber frame

The Monday Photo

I’ve been waiting to take this photo for over a year. Back in February 2019, I took another photo of this house. It had scaffolding all around it that rose even higher than the chimneys, and had a roof and sides to keep out the weather.

I guessed that the roof was to be stripped back and rebuilt, but much more was planned.  The timber framed first floor and attic we can see today was concealed behind rendering, and these windows are new. I expect that more work was carried out on the interior.

The work wasn’t quite finished when I took this photo; I think the lockdown has held up the final touches. Still, they’ve made a nice job of it, and I’m not surprised it took so long.

This early 17th Century house was once a coaching inn, called The Swan.

The view from the Greensand Ridge

Old Red Lion gardenThe view that greets you as you walk down the garden.

A few days ago on a quiet mid week afternoon I found a village pub with a glorious view. I had gone to a job in Leighton Buzzard but the bypass was shut, so instead I had an enjoyable drive there and back via country roads, and through Great Brickhill village.

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