Saturday, 10 September 2016

The Terrace


Thanks for visiting.

The other day I wrote a post on pub signs in Wokingham and wouldn't you believe it, I had to call in again and noticed this one in the middle of an ancient row of houses on The Terrace.  I had to climb the steps by the main road to reach the tiny road to try and take some photos without all the cars in the pictures too.

The portrait of Queen Elizabeth I looks like it is based on the Armada Portrait, painted after 1588 following the defeat of the Spanish Armada.  The real painting has just been purchased for £10.3 million from the descendants of Sir Francis Drake using money donated by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Art Fund, Consortiums and members of the public to keep this important painting in the country. It is currently being restored and will be on display in the Royal Museums in Greenwich, London in October.

During the 14th Century The Terrace was part of the High Street, some of the original buildings from that time still exist but all of The Terrace's buildings are of historic interest and are listed. Apart from the Queens Head pub at no. 23, there was another at no. 37 called The Anchor but this is now a residential house.  Across the road are the St Paul's parish rooms and clock tower

Just round the corner, my eye was caught by some hollyhocks that would have seen better days, but just look at what they are growing in! Surely, they would grow in our garden if they can cope with this!

Down by the refurbished station, the flowers looked a treat.  Wokingham in Bloom are currently awaiting the results of the judging by the Thames and Chilterns in Bloom organisation. Since 2013 when they were first formed, Wokingham has received a silver gilt award each year, they are keeping their fingers crossed for gold this year.

Do zoom in and look at this lovely commemoration for the Queen's Jubilee. The 34 metre long frieze was painted by the Wokingham Arts Society for the Queen's Jubilee in 2012, made into tiles which were easier to display and placed by the station for all to enjoy.  They have now painted an 18th panel to celebrate Her Majesty's 90th birthday. Have a look at the link to see more about it.

Another community garden for Wokingham in Bloom where anyone can sit, rest and let the world pass by.



  1. Maybe I'm not fond of the bub's name but the facade is spectacular and the sign beautiful :) The other old houses are great too... Happy Sunday!

    1. They always look beautiful with all the flowers outside. Thanks Riitta

  2. Gosh fancy those Hollyhocks growing there. Wokingham looks like a pretty town. Great pictures xx

    1. It's one of those lovely old market towns that this country has in abundance. Thanks Lisa x