the new goose
by the wire
time to guard the park
Giant Gunnera shields
her new shoots
in the dark
her own fire
old watering hole
waiting for hundreds
pilgrims in the yard
with no regard ~
Gill McGrath© March 17
The Golden Cross, Oxford
Before commercial inns came into being monasteries were obliged to provide food and shelter for travellers. The place where The Golden Cross stands today was always a destination or a shelter for pilgrims and travellers. Gifted in 1193 to Osney Abbey during the reign of Richard I, it was immediately sold to a vintner named Mauger and known as Mauger’s Hall in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, providing stabling, refreshment and chambers to a large number of people. It was owned by New College (Oxford University) for more than four hundred years from 1390 to 1810. Now a Pizza Express.
(Information from a leaflet printed 1912 by Oxford Architectural and Historical Society. About building conservation)
9 thoughts on “the old guard waits for the spring …..”
Pizza Express for current pilgrims…life is interesting, and you have a knack for pointing this out, Gill. Enjoyed this post, as I always do. 😀
Hi Jet .When I pieced this together I could only think …… Nothing changes!…… And yet everything does! Almost like imagining a bit of time travel on that spot 🙂 xx
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And a long one! Thanks for your comment. 🙂
What an interesting history. Magic photos ..
Yes still chinking glass and china ..,……oh!! Paper plates ……all those years later 😀 😀
Very interesting post and photographs.
Thanks Janet! 😀
Just think, when Captain Cook arrived in Botany Bay 329 years ago and Australia began as we know it today, that pub was 583 years old.