A Picture Postcard Village


The Worcestershire village, built of glowing Cotswold Stone goes by the name of Broadway.  When I posted a blog about Broadway Tower a few weeks ago (https://davidoakes-images.com/2020/08/20/a-silent-signal/) It brought back a few memories of my first visit to Broadway village. It was back in the about 1963/4.  I had just been engaged to dash around the UK., to capture in colour the key Picture Postcard Holiday locations….  very necessary for the company I worked for, to replace their library of Black & White images.

Broadway village was one of the locations on the top of the list. When I took those shots on a big Technical Camera with a  very slow film speed of 8asa (iso)  the two things you wanted was sunshine and no traffic!  I was lucky and got some great shots.

I have visited Broadway on many occasions since but each time the village has been busier than ever.

But after visiting the Tower a few years ago, we dropped down from the heights to the village.  It was so quiet, totally unexpected…… so I couldn’t resist stopping to take some quick shots.

It has and hasn’t changed much over all those years.  It still retains the character of a Cotswold village , even when busy.  But it has become a very desirable residential village, several of the bow fronted shops are now homes.  As for shops.  Well there are of course the Tourist Shops which have flourished, but also the now compulsory Antiques Shops.

They do have  one quirky shop (it might not be there now) which I have always found rather strange and out of place …   an All Year Christmas Shop


Just as a further observation.  Back in the 60’s and through most of the 70’s, Tourist were called Holiday Makers.  As for the Postcards, well they had always been very big business and the drive to convert to colour gave them a big boost.  I guess personal photography,  a Postal Service that became expensive and then of course overseas holidays, rather knocked the bottom out of that market.

Times change but Picture Postcard is still a great description

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

5th September

(C) David Oakes 2020

Summer is coming to a close….


Summer over the Cotswolds

The last day of August…so summer will now move into autumn.  Gently we hope, or maybe we could be fortunate and  enjoy an Indian summer. 

Soon, familiar country-scape’s of  lush fields of ripened crops, golden and  ready for harvest will vanish till next year.  As for the weather, well farmers will still be praying for dry weather whilst they complete the years harvest.


Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

31st August

(C) David Oakes 2020

Silent Sunday…Off to Church (Two for the Price of One)


Hailes Parish Church

This tiny country church stands on the edge of one field and surrounded by many others.  This building was constructed in 1135 and as is often the case it is suspected to be on a much earlier religious site.  However because of disputes over land ownership and gifting, together with Church bickering, Hailes Church was not consecrated till the early 1200’s.

The interior is stone flagged, simple in style, a carved wood rood screen and basic  furnishings.  It  is also home to some wonderful wall paintings.   Many church were decorated with such paintings, most were painted over as religious custom and threats occurred over the centuries…but some like these at Hailes are still there, in part, to see.


Churches that I have visited usually have a ‘Saint,’ as well as a location link, in the name, but I have failed to find any such name.

Now, if you visit you may puzzle as to where the community, the Parish of Hailes is.  The Church stands, as I described in fields – no houses.

The answer to that question can be found less than a quarter of a mile away at Hailes Abbey.


Hailes Abbey

Hailes Abbey is like many of our Abbeys, in a state of ruin. It is though younger than Hailes Church.  It was a Cistercian Monastery.  The Cistercian Order usually sought isolate rural locations with land around.  So Hailes Church was more than a little inconveniently close.  There solution was not to knock down the Church…. but to move the village further down the valley, nearer to the Gloucestershire and Cotswold Market Town of Winchcombe.

These magnificent ruins are surprisingly expansive and great to explore.  Enough of the architecture and stonemasonry still remains to illustrate the wealth and skills of the period….

Hailes Abbey was part funded by Richard, Earl of Cornwall and founded in 1246. Richard was brother to King Henry III who’s blessing for the project he had received.  It is rather ironic that it was another King Henry…this time King Henry VIII who ordered its closure and ultimate destruction in the Dissolution Act of 1536.


It is also rather ironic, that the church that is much older, the church that had its Parish moved to make way for the Abbey, should remain in the 21st Century, standing proud and very much intact still serving the community….


So there you have your bargain for this Sunday..  Two for the price of One!

Please Remember ….
Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

26th April

(C) David Oakes 2020