w/e 17 March
Three buildings that adorn many a village
are the church, the pub and the village store. We shall see all
three on this short walk through Mapperley, the first being the
Scandinavian style church on the right of the daffodil lined
lane leading to the village. The original church building of
1851 was closed in 1964 and had to be demolished due to mining
subsidence. The opportunity was taken to replace it with this
modernistic architectural piece the church re-opening in April,
the church are the village stocks but before you get carried
away with visions of them being used in a by-gone age, it would
be worthwhile reading the inscription that shows that they were
not erected until 1967 to commemorate the 700th anniversary of
the grant of a Royal Charter.
The shop right in the centre of the village
doubles as a general store and the Post Office.
The third icon of village life is represented
by the "Old Black Horse" public house or as it is more
commonly known locally, the "Black Oss"!
Not far away from the hostelry I spotted
this gardener who appeared to have had more than his fair share
of the beverages on offer.
But if he needed a taxi cab home he could
always telephone for one from this old style call box not far
away on the corner of Back Lane.