Z is for Zulu Huts

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Well this is the end of the A to Z challenge and probably the most tricky letter for me as I haven’t got any buildings or architectural terms beginning with a Z, In fact the only one I can find is a Ziggurat and not having visited Mesopotamia (Iraq and Iran) needless to say I don’t have a photo of one.

So I hope my Zulu huts will suffice! It’s been an enjoyable journey, thinking of interesting buildings around the world for the challenge, and those of you who have followed this from the start, I hope that you have enjoyed it too 🙂

Z - Zulu RondavelIf you want to visit a game reserve in southern Africa, but don’t have deep pockets then do not despair. Addo Elephant Park in the Eastern Cape is a reserve that is home to much more than elephants, and you can stay inside the park in adorable thatched roofed Rondavels, in the style of traditional African huts.

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Y is for Yellow Buildings

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Prague, Czech Republic

Y = yellow (2)

Y = yellow (5)

Y = yellow (3)

X for XV century Misericords

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Woman with Coif
S4 – representing womanhood, possibly a mother and daughters

We are quite lucky in Ludlow to have a very impressive Parish Church – St Laurence, which is so big that it can be seen from miles around and is known as ‘The Cathedral of the Marches’. Now none of this has to do with the letter X, but inside the church you can find twenty eight misericords dating from the XV century.

Seated Man with Scroll
S13 – this could be a pupil or schoolmaster at the school run by the Palmers’ Guild in Ludlow.

Now I don’t propose to show you all 28, but here are a few of my favourites.

Owl with eagles
S5 – the owl in medieval times was a dark symbol. Here it is being mobbed by two birds looking inwards, possibly eagles.

St Laurence’s Church has twenty eight misericords in the choir stalls which are of a quality usually associated with great cathedrals such as Worcester or Gloucester.

Monster with female face
N2 – a Harpy (young woman’s head with the body and wings of a bat) with her supporters (bats) creatures of darkness and symbols of evil.

Carved on the underside of the hinged choir seats each misericord is fashioned from a piece of timber some 26 inches (660 mm) long, 12 inches (300 mm) deep and 6 inches (150 mm) thick.

falcon and scales
N13 – Falcon and Fetterlocks, the personal badge of Richard Duke of York (1411 – 1460)

The misericords have a wide variety of themes and with Ludlow then being a royal stronghold there is a royal influence shown in a number of misericords. Wikipedia

Prince of Wales Feathers
N8 – since the mid-16th century the three ostrich feathers have been the personal badge of the Prince of Wales.
S6 – Swan flanked by leaves, the badge of the Bohun family though without the crown collar.

The header misericord is N4 – a mermaid holding a mirror in her right hand, a comb missing from her left. Two dolphins flank her.

W for Windmill

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Cley-next-the-Sea, North Norfolk

W - Windmill

A lovely Grade II* listed windmill on the beautiful North Norfolk coast this windmill has been converted into a guest house where you can stay in one of the rooms on a B&B basis or self catering in one of the outbuildings. You can hire the entire windmill over Christmas if you have a few friends or family to share it with. With walks onto the salt-laden marshes straight from the front door it is a perfect place to get away from it all. Magic!

V for Victorian Glasshouses

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Glasshouses in Kew Botanical Gardens, London

V - Victorian Palm House
The Palm House – Kew Botanical Gardens designed by Decimus Burton 1830s
V - Victorian Waterlily House
Waterlily House – Kew

Glasshouse in Osborne House, IOW

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Osborne House, IOW

Glasshouse at Walmer Castle, Kent

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Walmer Castle Kent

Glasshouses at The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall

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Do you have a favourite Victorian Glasshouse?