A ride on the 114

Harrow shopping centre
Harrow shopping centre

This picture shows a different aspect of Harrow, the shopping centre. Yes, we were in Harrow again today as Tigger was working there for the second day running. She left work at just after 1 pm and from then on the day was ours.

After lunch we took bus 114 to Ruislip. That was to be our outing for today.

A view of Ruislip
A view of Ruislip

We had been to Ruislip before, one evening. We had had dinner in a little Italian restaurant and when we emerged it was raining. As we made our way along the street to the station, the rain became heavier and heavier.

By the time we reached the tube station, we were so wet that we hung our coats on the hand-rail to dry, until the train became so crowded that we had to take them down.

Fortunately, the weather today was warm and sunny.

The old
The (fairly) old and…
The new
… the new in Ruislip

Like most modern towns, Ruislip is a mixture of the old and the new. There is something of a village atmosphere about the place without this being in any way to its detriment.

Church tower
Church tower
Lych gate
Lych gate

As in many old towns, the local Centre for Superstitious Nonsense makes its presence felt and tends to be visible from all angles. On the left, its tower peers over the roofs of some old houses now converted into offices and on the right, a coffin’s-eye view of the approach to the graveyard.

Ancient house
Ancient house
Bowls at Ruislip
Bowls at Ruislip

Old buildings are matched by the equally ancient game of bowls played on this rather splendid club green. Can you guess how much I wanted to join in? That’s right: not at all.

Cow byre, Manor Farm
Cow byre, Manor Farm

Manor Farm has a history dating back to before the Norman Conquest. It is no longer farmed and has been turned into an “amenity”. It’s all very clean and tidy and nice and not at all like a farm. Shame, really.

It is more like a theme park these days. The earnestness with which it has been converted almost jumps up and bites you.

Castle motte and bailey
Castle motte and bailey

This is the motte and bailey. That’s not a comedy double-act but the ruins of the old Norman castle that once stood here and kept the natives in check, though I think it would take an expert to distinguish it from your average hummock.

Farm duck pond
Farm duck pond

If you had been there you would have guessed which was my favourite bit. Yes, the farm duck pond. In addition to ducks, there was this charming family of moorhens with two fluffy youngsters. You could see that they were used to visitors by the way that they came paddling over hoping for food.

Grimstead, undertakers
Grimstead, undertakers
The sign of the Swan
The sign of the Swan

And finally, a couple of oddities. Don’t you think that “Grimstead” is a perfect name for an undertaker? It’s like something out of Dickens.

And how did this pub sign end up on a balcony above the shops? Maybe its the flat of a regular of The Swan who saved the sign in memory of happy days when the pub was demolished.

Just in case you are wondering, I wrote this in my usual way, in my text editor with HTML formatting. For now I have finished with blog editors. They are a waste of time.

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About SilverTiger

I live in Islington with my partner, "Tigger". I blog about our life and our travels, using my own photos for illustration.
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2 Responses to A ride on the 114

  1. Chris says:

    There’s a traffic cone on the balcony next to that ‘Swan’ sign. Clearly, the occupant of this flat is a student or other similar reprobate 🙂

  2. SilverTiger says:

    That could be the case. There is a boarded up pub near us and over a period of months the letters forming its name disappeared one by one until none were left.

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