We went for a trip around the workhouse, which is one of the earliest (1824) and is the most complete example remaining.
|Southwell Minster showing the vegetable garden and Bramley apple tree in the foreground.
|On the right is the toilet. Situated in the back yard and roofless.
|The two types of inmates. Idle and profligate. Blameless and deserving.
Although in a slightly different way, the poor lived here right up until the 1970s. Here is a one roomed apartment which housed a family of five.
Southwell is also the birthplace of the Bramley apple, the first tree having been planted from a pip by a schoolgirl named Mary Brailsford. It is a really pretty little town, with the feel of a village, but with a majestic church plonked in the centre. The scale and contrast never fails to surprise.
my friend's Dad, Patrick Reyntiens.
What did I wear? The Master's hat and a 1960's Hawaiian jumpsuit by Janet Lynn. When I first got it, it would have looked good accessorised with a red nose, a squirty flower and some big shoes, but I put in some darts, took out the side pockets, got rid of the green fabric additions, added some patch pockets on the front, and changed the neckline. A bit of decorative ric-rac completed the job.