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Horsecroft Nowton and Bury St Edmunds Circular Run

In Hardwick Heath, Horsecroft, Nowton, Ouida on October 13, 2006 at 11:02 am


8am 7.5 miles in 1 hour 2 mins 25 seconds

Week to date mileage 14

Month to date mileage 47

Average weekly rate 30.1

Average Monthly rate 131

Year to Date 1232

Life time 9252

I set of for my run up Hospital Road past the statue of Ouida. This statue has seen better days and could do with a clean anyone listening?? Its design is to provide a drinking trough for dogs and horses. Her real name was Louise Rame and she was born in Bury St Edmunds in 1839 died 1908.

This memorial stone was placed in 1908 from funds raised by national newspapers . Apparently several thousand people came from all over the country came to pay tribute to this author who was one of the most popular novelists of her age.

Has anyone ever read one of her stories? They appear to be romantic tales perhaps a bit Catherine Cookson and include

Under Two Flags (1867), Moths (1880), and In Maremma (1882). Her stories for children include Two Little Wooden Shoes (1874), Bimbi (1882), andthe Dog of Flanders (1872).

One of her quotations was “A cruel story runs on wheels, and every hand oils the wheels as they run.”

She made a lot of money from her books but apparently squandered it in London at Langhams where she held large parties. Apparently she wrote a number of her books at Langhams surrounded by candles writing with a quill on purple paper. She died in near poverty in Italy.

Her statue is largely forgotten these days.

I continued my run through Hardwick Heath which has some wonderful trees including large Cedar of Lebanon trees and was once the home of Italian prisioners of war.


I soon picked up the Hencote Lane path which takes you across the centre of farms which I presume belong to the Horsecroft farm. In the middle of the field there is a fourway crossing point where the Bury to Clare footpath meets the Hencote Lane path and I took the former back to Nowton. The pathways were particulalrly wet and my feet were soaked.

Back past Breckley Ley House and along by Nowton Park into Bury through the graveyard and the town centre and

home.

Horsecroft Suffolk

In Hardwick Heath, Horsecroft, snow, suffolk on December 28, 2005 at 3:16 pm

1 .15pm 7.5 miles in 1 hour 3 mins.

Year to date mileage 1328

Month to date 132 miles

Average miles per month 112

Average weekly rate 25.7

Weather Sunny dry and cold.

No further snow but it has remained cold so there is only a slight thaw. I run out through Hardwick Heath and took a tumble as I missed a pot hole. Luckily I landed on my shoulder and
did a bit of a forward role which got a bit of a laugh and a round of applause from a big group of folks who were snowballing and sledging. Just for a moment I couldn’t put much wait on my foot and I feared the worst but I was soon ok.

I ran across this field in the photo. The pathway was still evident from some metal rods posted in the ground.

The field was fine to run on with plenty of grip underneath. However once I reached the road to Hawstead I found the road was a skating rink. I only managed a mile or so by running in the
verge. I called it quits and returned by the same route.

Again a slow run.

Horringer & The Abbey Gardens

In Abbey Gardens, Abbey Gate, bra, Hardwick Heath, Horringer, Horringer Farm, Ickworth Park, St Edmundsbury Cathedral on December 8, 2005 at 1:26 pm




9.30am10.5 miles in 1 hour 25 minutes 38 seconds .

Year to date mileage 1231

Month to date 34 miles

Average miles per month 109

Average weekly rate 25.2

Weather: Dry weak sunshine.

I decided to run out to Ickworth Park but changed my mind as the section I have to run on road beyond Horringer Farm was too busy with cars.

Instead I double backed on myself and got another surprise. Another bra has appeared in the trees at Horringer Farm this time a bright red one. There was no sign of the previous one which I photographed on Sunday. Very curious obviously bras grow on trees!

I ran up to Hardwick Heath and then down to Bury Rugby Club at the Haberden. Went along by the River Lark and into the Abbey Gardens. If you visit Bury St Edmunds you can walk among the ruins of a once great Benedictine Abbey. One of my photos shows the ruins and beyond St Edmundsbury Cathedral. Bury’s cathedral was originally the parish church of St James. Building works were completed this year on the tower. The cathedral dates from 1503 so it has only taken 502 years to complete.

The Abbey Gate with the portcullis dates from the middle of the 14th century. The original gate was destroyed by poor Bury folks in 1327 on an attack on the rich inhabitants of the abbey which resulted in the Abbot being kidnapped.

Hardwick Path & Clare Footpath

In Hardwick Heath, trig on August 7, 2005 at 1:35 pm



9am 10 miles in1hr and 24 mins.
Year to date mileage 717 miles
Month to date 37 miles
Average miles per week this year 22.9
Average per month 100.

Course: A repeat of some of yesterdays and Fridays run. From the town centre head towards the West Suffolk Hospital picking up the footpath for the St Edmunds Way. This takes you through Hardwick Heath and you then pick up the Clare footpath. Turn left at the next bridleway sign which takes you over fields . When you reach the wood turn left until you reach a trig point showing a height of 84 feet above sea level.

The photo opposite is of the trig point. It seems fairly insignificant. Trig points were a a surveyors tool to provide a reference point for surveying the UK before electronic positioning aids were available (GPS etc).
The trig point is called UKTP2801 or Hardwick.
Lat/long: N 52 13.049 E 0 42.531, Grid ref: TL 85146 61155 . A flist of over 6,000 trig points is to be found at web site http://jeremyp.net/trigpoint/index.php.

At 84 feet this trig point is well situated and you have a panoramic view looking down over the Suffolk landscape. The only sounds here are the rustle of the corn and birds singing. Well worth a day out!

Hardwick Path & Clare Footpath

In Bury St Edmunds, Hardwick Heath, Louise Rame, Ouida on August 5, 2005 at 1:54 pm

1pm 7 miles in 59 mins. Year to date mileage 697 miles, Month to date 18 miles, average miles per week this year 22.5 and average per month 98.

Weather: Sunshine and clouds.

Course: From the town centre head towards the West Suffolk Hospital picking up the footpath for the St Edmunds Way. This takes you through Hardwick Heath and you then pick up the Clare footpath. I returned on the same route when I reached Horsecroft farm.

Hardwick Heath was a former prisioner of war camp which housed many Italian troops in temporary accommodation. The prisioners were put to work building roads and many of them stayed after the war.

This statue has seen better days . Its design is to provide a drinking trough for dogs and horses. It is however a memorial stone to a victorian author called Ouida. Real name was Louise Rame was born in Bury St Edmunds -1839- 1908.

This memorial stone was placed in 1908 from funds raised by national newspapers . Apparently several thousand people came from all over the country to pay tribute to this author who was one of the most popular novelists of her age.

I have never seen or read one of her stories. They appear to be romantic tales and include

Under Two Flags (1867), Moths (1880), and In Maremma (1882). Her stories for children include Two Little Wooden Shoes (1874), Bimbi (1882), andthe Dog of Flanders (1872).