Wednesday, 30 June 2010
History and mystery in Guildford, Sunday 27th June 2010
Inviting people to one's home town is a bit like boasting about one's children: others will see them (and it) through very different eyes. So my husband and I were relieved to have a sell-out for our afternoon in Guildford. It was, according to the weathermen, the hottest day of the year yet but, with hats on and water bottles in hand, we accompanied local historian Matthew Alexander on a gentle tour of the historic town.
The photos above show the group in the grounds of the castle (Henry III) and beside a statue of Alice through the Looking Glass, which celebrates the association of Lewis Carroll with the town.
We attended Choral Evensong at Holy Trinity Church (Robert Cotton's sermon addressed directly to the Worshipful Company of Marketors will be available shortly from http://www.holytrinityguildford.org.uk/Services/Sermons/) with the full choir in great voice then had supper in the 17th century surroundings of Abbot's Hospital.
A full report will be in our journal, MARKETOR: suffice it that one visitor said at the end, "I never knew you lived in Paradise!"