Continuing my journey in Evans’ wake.
I had been to Gnosall many times in my cycling years, but, apart from thinking the canalside was a colourful view, and the Boat Inn a pleasant lunch venue, I had passed through without noticing much else. Having cruised up from Norbury Junction, I found a nice shady spot within staggering distance of the Navigation Inn.
For lunch I had a very nice steak and ale pie with mash, peas and gravy and Wainright ale. Later, I returned to watch the first World Cup semi-final (FRA 2-1 BEL). The following night was ENG 1-2 CRO, but they were serving one of my favourites, Charles Wellls’ Bombardier ale.
On Friday, I met up with my cousin for lunch. More Bombardier and a nice lunch catching up. I heartily recommend the Navigation Inn.
Anyway, here are a few images of Gnosall Heath and Gnosall itself.
OS mapping (surveyed 1880, published 1884) reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.
The plaque above the recumbent stone effigy reads:
This effigy is of Sir William Banestre
who was knighted by King Edward III
at the siege of Calais in 1347.
This monument was damaged
during the English Civil Wars.
And finally. the oldest legible churchyard memorial I have yet found:
the body of Eliza th Collett
late from Hixon
Died Sept the 30th 1763
Aged 11 Years