Friday, 25 August 2017

One Giant Step

Not on the moon but Market Weighton, home of England's tallest man. William Bradley (10 February 1787 – 30 May 1820). He lived just along the road in a specially built house. This is his footprint.

He's Market Weighton's only claim to fame. The Romans passed it by about a mile, the railroads came and went.
George Hudson, the Railway King lived NEARBY.
Winston Churchill honeymooned NEARBY.
It was ONCE the home of England's largest sheep market.
The Kiplingcotes Derby, England's oldest point to point is held NEARBY.
Today the council describes it as quaint. I would say QUIET.

The High Street c1955. As good today as it's always been

It's a great place to live, there are some lovely 18th and 19th century houses, an interesting Post Office and some good later buildings. Good enough for Eugene Fisk to put together a book of drawings, anyway.
When we moved here 15 years ago long medieval burgage plots ran back from the properties on the High Street, there was no supermarket but lots of local shops.

Giant Bradley's house

Now all the land has been built on, we have a huge T***o and eight hairdressers, the market of 750 years has folded. But I never have trouble parking, it's free too an so are the loos. A bypass means little through traffic and we have the best charity shop in the world (that is Yorkshire).

Rayne Arabella sandals S/S2017 worn with JL skirt

More on Giant Bradley

More (but not much) on Market Weighton