Monday, April 11, 2011

Sherborne, Gloucestershire

Tin among the trees

Regular readers of this blog will have noticed that I’m a fan of corrugated iron, which I like because it can be bent to form interesting shapes and because its undulating surface looks good in the sun. I hope I’ve shown by now, in posts about corrugated iron "tin churches" and other buildings, that this is not a substance that should be consigned to the bottom of the hierarchy of building materials, and that can be at home in both farm and village, by both road and railway.

I didn’t expect, though, to find a corrugated iron building in a quiet valley in the Cotswolds, fitting in amongst the water, grass, and trees. And I have to admit that I’d been along the road that passes this small boathouse many times before I even noticed it. In a way, that’s the point. This unassuming green building is in part designed to blend into its surroundings. But its builders took the trouble to give it a curving, pagoda-style roof, so once you do notice it, there’s that extra touch to admire. As I did one evening recently, as, interrupted by only the occasional quack from the water, the sun slid silently down behind the trees.


Kit and Kaboodle said...

I'm not sure if you've already visited it, but there's an impressively large tin garrison church in Deepcut, Surrey which is well worth a visit if you're ever down in this neck of the woods.

Kate :-)

Philip Wilkinson said...

Kate: Many thanks for the link. I've not visited that church - and it is indeed an impressive one. It's on my list of places to go to now.

Peter Ashley said...

Mmm, lovely. And a very evocative description of your visit. Like you I'm also oiling my bicycle clips in order to get down to Kate's garrison church at Deepcut.