The Day I Heard Gerry Rafferty Had Died

I remember the visit to Old Bolingbroke in Lincolnshire to this day for many reasons, it was early January 2011, a bright sunny day when we found ourselves entering the village after what appeared to be heading the car in the direction of infinity and beyond for a long, long time, although Old Bolingbroke sits only a few miles west of Spilsby.

Bolingbroke is steeped in history with its ancient monument Bolingbroke Castle the birth place of John O Gaunt’s son Henry Bolingbroke the future King Henry IV. It also played its part in the First English Civil War. In 1652 the towers and walls where destroyed by dumping them into the moat to stop it being used in any further military conflicts.

Bolingbroke Castle Walls, Lincolnshire
Bolingbroke Castle Walls, Lincolnshire
Bolingbroke Castle, Lincolnshire
Bolingbroke Castle, Lincolnshire

While wandering around the church of St Peter and St Pauls which was built by John O Gaunt in or around 1363 and which had unfortunately suffered at the hands of Oliver Cromwell and his friends in 1643.

St Peter and St Pauls Church, Bolingbroke, Lincolnshire
St Peter and St Pauls Church, Bolingbroke, Lincolnshire

We happened to meet a gentleman passing our way, entering into a conversation as you do when strangers pass the time of day,

what a lovely day it was for the time of year, your accent is not from this part of the world, where are you from, Edinburgh or Glasgow? is it not really sad to hear of the death of Gerry Rafferty

Its moments like those that turn a pleasant visit into a memorable one.

Information Board, Bolingbroke, Lincolnshire
Information Board, Bolingbroke, Lincolnshire

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