Representations of Mary and Jesus from different churches that I've visited recently. All of them are relatively modern additions as places of worship continue to evolve.
A Military Man
Rather rusty but still instantly recognisable from his resolute profile - The Duke Of Wellington. These cast iron plaques date from the nineteenth century, patriotic times when admiration of military heroes was perhaps more fashionable than today. I think these plaques would have originally been painted. Quite how the noble Duke has come to be nailed up beside a selection of old horseshoes I can not imagine.
This symbol, known as a daisy-wheel, is said to protect against ghosts and witchcraft. They are often found on mantelpieces to discourage evil spirits from entering down the chimney, for whereas doors and windows could be locked at night the fireplace remained open. This one dates from the seventeenth century.
How Long Is A Pound Of Butter?
Believe it or not it was formerly possible to buy butter in Cambridge by the yard! In fact it was the only way to buy it (though shorter measures were also available). Butter sellers carried butter made into yard-long rolls in baskets like the one above and would cut you off whatever length you wanted. This carried on into the middle of the last century when butter rationing made this method of sale both impractical and illegal.
On The Fiddle
This fine fellow was exhibited at an country show to publicise Burwell Museum. We've already visited and you can read all about it here. What the model holds beneath his arm is a seed-fiddle, an early piece of agricultural mechanisation. The handle was drawn back and forth like the bow of a fiddle to turn a wheel which distributed the seed; a great improvement on broadcasting by hand apparently.
This piece of design, which would not look out of place on the back of a leather jacket or the cover of a heavy metal album, is actually a detail from an old tomb. Not the most subtle imagery but I think it makes its point!
A couple of bits of motoring memorabilia. The first an old tax disc (for a "mechanically propelled vehicle") from a vintage car seen at a show.....
And the second an old petrol pump that still stands in the village of Melbourn, just a mile or so from my house...
....at one time nearly every village had its own garage where you could top up your tank.