Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Arlingham, Gloucestershire

River works

If you’re familiar with the map of England you’ll know how the country’s largest river, the Severn, curves its way through Gloucestershire, its most dramatic set of bends almost forming an oxbow lake about eight miles below Gloucester. Inside the neck of land enclosed by these bends is the village of Arlingham, and if you go through Arlingham you find Passage Road, a mile of narrow, low-lying roadway, bounded on either side by meadows and ditches, running arrow-straight towards the river. At the point where the road ends is the Old Passage, an early 19th-century house, now a very good seafood restaurant. The exterior of the building is painted a curious colour on the borders of blue and green, which either blends into the surrounding landscape or stands out brightly, according to the light and the time of day.

The large windows of the Old Passage look out across the Severn to the small town of Newnham on the opposite bank. This was once the site of a ford across the river. These days on the Ordnance Survey map about half the width of the river at this point is marked as “Mud and Sand”, but I wouldn’t want to try and walk across this dangerous river with its huge tidal range (I’ve written more about the Severn and its banks here). The building’s large windows also make for a light interior, good for displaying pictures and on Sunday I was there for the private view of the art exhibition “” – an inspiring collection of prints, paintings, photographs, and other works hanging on the walls of the restaurant. The exhibition, which includes many works that portray the river or take inspiration from its water, light, and atmosphere, runs to the end of the month and is well worth a visit for anyone in striking distance.


worm said...

I think I know why you like this's the same green colour as corrugated iron WW2 village halls...

Philip Wilkinson said...

Worm: You have worked me out good and proper.

Dovecote Decor said...

I just found you through ArchitectDesign, I'll be looking forward to seeing more posts.
You might enjoy our new post on an old rural country estate owned by the Reynolds family in N.C.

Philip Wilkinson said...

Liz: Thank you. Your post on the Reynolds estate is fascinating - that dam is spectacular.

More posts soon.


bazza said...

Interesting colour, that building. Nice art and nice menu!
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Philip Wilkinson said...

Bazza: Yes, the menu is very nice, as I can tell you from experience!