Friday, 4 March 2016

A Day Out in Cheltenham

I recently met up with a couple of friends for a day out in Cheltenham, chosen like all our meeting places for its accessibility by train. Cheltenham is a fab place to visit, especially when you know about the cycle path from opposite the station which takes you right into the centre avoiding main roads.
I was struck by these two interesting buildings with indications of their former use in stone on the outside, here's a former bakery:
 and this one, now a Thai restaurant, formerly an auctioneers.
 From there we walked to the Wilson, Cheltenham's wonderful Museum and Art Gallery which despite it being a Monday, often a 'rest day' for galleries, it was open. We looked first at the Friends' Gallery where there was an exhibition entitled 'A Sense of Place'
 Above 'Field Roller' 1946 by Michael Ayrton is glorious.
 I also liked this Ivon Hitchens 'Fallen Tree, Woolbeding River 1964
 I alos particularly liked 'The Fat Kitchen andThe Lean Kitchen' by Jan Steen 1650, the fat one came out quite clearly, but the 'thin' one is very dark.
 From there we had a look at the Arts and Crafts room which contains all sorts of treasures from the Morris era, there's furniture, ceramics, jewellery and more
 Below is a Jardiniere, designed and made by Burmantofts, 1890-1904, such fab colours.

 And above, the incomparable William De Morgan designed this tile which was made by the Architectural Pottery Company 1872-6

 There is a lot more to the Wilson than these two galleries, an amazing ceramics collection, furniture store, and more paintings in the permanent collection, and the museum collections.
 From there we went along the Parade in search of an Italian restaurant in a basement which I've visited before. On the way we couldn't resist a photo with The Hare and the Minotaur
Finally we found 'La Scala' and had a wonderful lunch.

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