While driving along the narrow lanes of Somerset I suddenly got the
thought that the countryside, that consisted of grassy fields, bounded
by stone walls, could be Carzala. Narrow roads, separating villages that
are only a few miles apart, wend their way through the green
pastureland. It only takes a few minutes to get from one to the other
by car but would probably be a few hours by horse and half a day at
least by foot.
Each village is basically a cluster of stone houses plus the village pub
and church and is the center of the parish. A city is defined as
anywhere a cathedral is so it's possible for a city to be very small,
population wise. Each city is the center of a diocese, which is the
bishop's seat, and contains one or more parishes (run by priests).
The villages themselves consist of rows upon rows of houses separated by
narrow winding lanes, mostly only two horse widths wide. Many of the
houses are joined directly together and the market center is full of
various shops, many of which have been there for generations. Walking
down the high street of Wells and seeing all the old shops then the
street opening up to the view of the cathedral made me think I could be
standing in a street in Seagate, except for all the cars.
I've been able to take several photos of the landscape and the villages
as well as many within the Wells' Cathedral itself which I believe may
be suitable for the Wiki.
Anyway, that's just some thoughts I had this morning.
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