Skip to main content

Chipping Ongar

Chipping Ongar is a small village within the county of Essex. When the boy and I were in Maldon last month, we picked up an information leaflet up about the village and were thoroughly intrigued.

Behind thick greenery and barbed wire, is the remains of a 12th Century motte and bailey castle. Sadly however, the land is privately owned so you can't hop the fence!
All that remains, is a mound surrounded by trees... its quite difficult to imagine the size and scale of the fortress unfortunately... picture prompts are duly needed!

 photo DSCF0671_zpsfee342fa.jpg  photo DSCF0672_zps51e45793.jpg  photo DSCF0682_zps01326c4d.jpg

The original fortifications are believed to have been built by Eustace II, Count of Boulogne as he purchased the manor at Ongar in 1086 & built St Martin's church which is a little way from the castle :)

 photo DSCF0676_zps310afe59.jpg  photo DSCF0683_zps048b6625.jpg

Overall I was a little disappointed with the remains, but the village was beautiful and we certainly chose a good day to travel down.

Dress - topshop via ebay (around £10)
Shoes - george @ asda (£5)
Bag - tesco (£13)

We also visited London on Tuesday briefly!

 photo DSCF0654_zps15ebd235.jpg  photo DSCF0653_zps889f8648.jpg  photo DSCF0655_zps858fc68b.jpg  photo DSCF0656_zpsde86c381.jpg

And a little outfit picture taken outside our Edwardian house ;)

 photo DSCF0665_zps3f551cf7.jpg

Dress - h&m via a charity shop (£6.50)

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

The Last Shadow Puppets

I've been a fan of Mr Alex Turner since I first heard that classic 'I bet you good on the dance floor' aged 15 in 2006, and the rest is history. I own every Monkeys album, even the Submarine soundtrack, and was delighted when Turner formed a side project with Miles Kane in 2007/8. Very different from the Monkeys, The Last Shadow Puppets are still a unique band who use fantastic harmonies, and Turner again proves his skill as a lyricist.
It's such a pity then, that I've never seen the Monkeys... BUT...

I saw the Puppets earlier on in July! And they were amazing.


The venue was also amazing (Alexandra Palace, saw Two Door Cinema Club there in 2013), and holds up to 7,000 people! Built in 1873 (rebuilt in 1875 after a fire), it was The Crystal Palace's rival and was named Alexandra after the then Prince Edward's bride 'Alexandra of Denmark'. A place for recreation, education and entertainment, not much has changed then, in truth!.



I'm hoping that on…

The Pigeon Detectives

Two gigs in two years is awesome for me! Usually, the bands I like either don't tour or choose ridiculous venues whereby tickets disappear like gold dust, so I was very happy when a) I found out The Pigeons were touring (see what I did there ;)), and b), that they'd chosen the Electric Ballroom in Camden which isn't too far away.



We started the day in The Imperial War museum, as I've wanted to go there for ages, and it was incredible, especially the Holocaust exhibition and the 'Secret War' section. It was so big we didn't have time to see everything, but we'll definitely return at some point.

After that it was time for some food and drink, and of course it had to be a Spoons (The Ice Wharf in Camden to be precise), and it was lovely - sun, wine, lots of happy people (I almost didn't want to leave!) But of course we had to, and at around 7.15p.m we found ourselves in this awesome, dark nightclub drinking cider and beer - eagerly awaiting The Pigeons…

Days Out

Been a mad couple of months so haven't had much time to post! Firstly, I and my husband will be moving to a new flat next month (x-D), been busy with University, and have been writng 1,500-1,900 words most days on my novel about Edward the Martyr and Aethelred the Unready! Its nowhere near finished, but its a very enjoyable process so I kind of don't want it to end!

In regards to days out, we went on our yearly trip to Hadleigh Castle last month:



outfit:
coat - topshop via a blog sale (£20ish)
cardigan - topshop in a sale (£20)
blouse - topshop via a charity shop (£3.99)


And we went for a long to walk Writtle earlier today :)



coat (see first pic)
blouse - topshop via ebay (£4.50)
boots - topshop (£46)
skirt - topshop in a sale (£7)