|Monks Walk: The carved wooden sign at the entrance.|
|One of the flower-edged walkways, with part of an old wall|
|The little dovecote looks even better the right way up.|
It was a good place to experiment, because there were spots in bright sunshine, and dappled shade, and much darker areas with very little light indeed. Some of the photos were rubbish, because I didn’t get the settings right, but at least I now know what not to do! Others were quite nice, and I was pretty pleased with myself, so I thought I’d use them for a Saturday Snapshot, even though self praise is no recommendation!
|Backlit alliums. There were masses of these, all grouped|
together, looking really stunning, but I wanted to try a close-up.
|I love this carved wooden back of a bench.|
I assume it’s called Monks Walk because this is where the old Friary stood (until Henry VIII got rid of so many of England’s religious institutions), and it’s only a stone’s throw from the modern 'Friary Garden', which I wrote about here this time last year.
|Foxgloves, or Digitalis: Perhaps the old Friars who once lived|
on this site grew these lovely flowers to treat heart conditions.
|The garden has a really old-fashioned feel to it, and is|
Volunteers look after Monks Walk, and in the past local schoolchildren have also helped, but I don’t know if they still do. Actually, I don’t know much about the garden at all and nor, I suspect, does anyone else, because there is very little information available anywhere. Even Kate at Lichfield Lore, who is a mine of information about the city and its history, seems to have drawn a blank on this one, although she has written a couple of short pieces about it. According to her, the walls around it are interesting. They are, she says, a mix of brick and stone, with a bricked up entrance, but I didn’t pay them as much attention as I should have done, and consequently missed the bricked up entrance.
|If you look at the photo very carefully (which is jolly |
difficult when it is the wrong way), you can see where a gate or
door in the wall has been bricked up.
I also missed the grave, of ‘Richard the Merchant’, set into the back wall of the Friary, which is mentioned in one of the comments on her post. Apparently, it is very hard to read, and I am not sure whether it refers to one of the walls enclosing the garden, or the main Friary building, or other nearby walls, so it's difficult to know where to look!
gives a link to Staffordshire
Gardens & Park Trusts, where it says Monks Walk could have been part of
a larger garden on property owned by Sir Richard Cooper. His estate was on land
that originally formed part of the historic Friary, and it was given to the
City of Lichfield in 1920 ‘for the permanent use and benefit of the citizens’.
Plants grown there today were popular in the 17th and 18th Centuries, and are
laid out in what was known as ‘mingle’ planting.
|Not sure what this plant is - some kind of broom I think - but|
it looked truly amazing with the light behind it, making the
pods translucent, so you can see the seeds inside, and all
the tiny hairs on the surface.
|A feather caught on a leaf looked so delicate, and I like|
the contrast between it's feathery edges and the solid leaves.
This is another upright shot!