VILLAGE VIEWS by CHRIS BEHAN

The photographs on this page are by author and photographer Chris Behan, of Little Street, Sulgrave,  who has kindly offered to undertake a “roving commission” with a view to providing this website with images of the village and its residents on a regular basis.

Before moving on to the photographs, please click here to enjoy Chris’ video interpretation of the changing seasons as seen across Madam’s Close towards Sulgrave Manor.

Comments on any of the photographs will be welcome. Please go to “Leave a Reply” at the foot of this page

 

Workers always attract an audience even if it is only Ian Cherry’s heifers. 15th August 2018

 

Scalded Sepia Sulgrave. 29th July 2018

 

A lane with no name we’re in the dark again. 29th July 2018

 

It must be Tuesday Chris the fish man is here. 26th June 2018

 

Tidying the Manor gardens. 1st June 2018

 

Sulgrave Manor view from upstairs window. 1st June 2018.

 

MCP! Madam’s Close parking Tudor Fair Sulgrave Manor. 1st June 2018

 

May saw my first sighting of a red kite in Little Street in June it is my first sighting of a dragonfly in Little Street. 1st June 2018.

 

George Washington from the Manor window. 1st June 2018.

 

First floor Manor view looking north. 1st June 2018

 

Colourful Threeways border. 1st June 2018

 

Wootton House. 15th May 2018

Wisteria Cottage. 15th May 2018

God like sausage rolls no it must be the absolutely fabulous meaning delightful. 15th May 2018

Fresh green. 15th May 2018

Eagle House. 15th May 2018

Cherry blossom church. 15th May 2018

Build me up buttercup. 15th May 2018

May day holiday sun setting in the west – Weston road. 7th May 2018

 

25 degrees and rising Sulgrave’s hottest May day bank holiday on record. 7th May 2018

 

The sound of the first lawnmower is sadly no replacement for the missing cuckoo this year. 6th May 2018

(Happily, the cuckoo has been heard in the village by several people. Ed)

 

Blossoming Weston Road. 6th May 2018

 

Castle Green floral border. 6th May 2018

 

Fifty shades of green in the churchyard. 5th May 2018

 

Church Street blossom. 5th May 2018

 

Glorious spring blossoms Church Street. 5th May 2018

 

Spring springs to life amongst the gravestones. 5th May 2018

 

Magnolia tree Little Street. 5th May 2018

 

Sulgrave’s spring skyline. 5th May 2018

 

Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own. 30th April 2018

 

When in doubt wear red. Bill Blass – Fashion Designer. 30th April 2018

 

Shovel handles and broom handles but no fork handles. 15th April 2018

 

Little Street a clean sweep. 15th April 2018

 

Careful with the horses we’ve just cleaned Little Street. 15th April 2018

 

A spring cleaned daffodil lined Helmdon Road welcomes you to Sulgrave. 7th April 2018

 

Helmdon pot holed Road. 7th April 2018

 

It’s Sulgrave’s street spring cleaning saturday. 7th April 2018

 

Prize for the best bit of rubbish found. Golf ball School Street. 7th April 2018

 

Spring is still struggling to shine, Castle Green. 7th April 2018,

 

Hey, How do you like my new Wrap? It’s filling, delicious and packed with flavour. 4th April 2018

 

Half term daffodils. 4th April 2018

 

The rays of the setting sun illuminate the trees against a dark stormy sky walking on the footpath to the Stuchbury cottages on the road to Helmdon. 27th March 2018

 

“Ne’er cast a clout till may be out”. It may be the first day of spring but the snow still lies on the road to Marston. 21st March 2018

(Make the most of this attractive footpath to the Stuchbury cottages on the road to Helmdon during the coming Summer. It will be shut for the construction of HS2 High Speed Rail Line from next Spring until 2026!)

 

Astronomical winter departs hopefully only with a fine dusting of snow. 18th March 2018.

 

The first day of spring and the golden yellow trumpets of the first daffodils glow in the sunshine. 21st March 2018

 

March 21st 2018. The morning sun shines through the trees across a frost covered Madam’s Close. Spring has arrived.

 

Mud, glorious mud. Anglian Water repairing broken pipe caused by BT. Oops! 10th March 2018

 

You’ll need more than a shovelful to stop that. 10th March 2018

 

Water water everywhere but not a drop to drink. 10th March 2018

 

Little Street shower. 10th March 2018

 

Dark Lane, Park Lane, call it what you like but today it’s Snow Lane. 3rd March 2018

 

G’day Sulgrave, it’s 42 in Aussie. 3rd March 2018

 

No papers today but hay OK. 3rd March 2018

 

Woof! Well, it’s Chris Behan with his camera. He must be barking mad in this weather. 3rd March 2018

 

The road is the safest place to walk. 3rd March 2018

 

Special delivery to the village store. 3rd March 2018

 

Snow white stocks green. 3rd March 2018

 

Snow white Castle Green. 3rd March 2018

 

Snow parking lane. 3rd March 2018

 

Big drifts in Little Street. 3rd March 2018

 

As well as yesterday, today and no doubt for a few days to come. 3rd March 2018

 

We need a carrot for his nose. 3rd March 2018

 

Ain’t I clever? 3rd March 2018

 

A few days late but better late than never. 3rd March 2018

 

Love in store. 14th February 2018

 

Tracks of my tyres with apologies to Smokey Robinson. 7th February 2018

 

Sad. 7th February 2018

 

Mind the post. 7th February 2018

 

Lay down Aunt Sally, with apologies this time to Eric Clapton. 7th February 2018

See “Aunt Sally Challenge” at the Star Inn.

 

A golden eagle in the hand…… 7th February 2018

 

The eagle has landed. 7th February 2018

 

A gentle reminder that Sulgrave is still a farming village. Note for the observant: by law, tractors do not have to display registration numbers on the front. 30th January 2018

 

It’s snack time – the Village Shop. 31st January 2018

 

“Wanna cry, wanna croon, wanna laugh like a loon, it’s that old supermoon in your skies”. 31st January 2018

More on “supermoon” by Chris Behan.

 

“Where’s tha bin?” Take a bit more than Yorkshire grit and Hampshire sheen to sort this out!. 24th January 2018

 

Another snowy Sunday morning walk with the dogs. 21st January 2018

 

A row of Discovery Apple Trees near the Old Windmill. Discovery Apples are one of the earliest apples in the UK. 18th January 2018.

 

Sulgrave Farm basking in the glow of the winter sun. 18th January 2018.

 

The West End of Sulgrave. 18th January 2018.

 

Distant views towards Culworth. 18th January 2018.

 

Now guess who runs through this field every night to Helmdon Road. 10th January 2018.

 

The Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 10th January 2018.

 

Distant views. Sulgrave peeping over winter wheat field. 10th January 2018.

 

Manor View Cottage, now without a view. 10th January 2018.

See how “Manor View” lost its view!

 

January farming. Repair and renewal of gates. 10th January 2018.

 

All bar none! The Star Inn. 16th November 2017.

 

“SKIP TO MY LOO!” – with apologies to anonymous. 5th January 2018

 

The clouds of Storm Eleanor rush across fields to the west of the village. 3rd January 2018

 

The sun catches the end of Spinners Cottages as the Eleanor storm clouds sweep by. 3rd January 2018

 

Oops! Name plate dropping. 3rd January 2018

 

Rarely photographed back of Sulgrave Manor. 3rd January 2018

 

A Sulgrave Wet Winter. 2nd January 2018

 

Wet winter reflections. 2nd January 2018

 

Great Green – Little Street. 28th December 2017

 

Turn around when possible. 28th December 2017

 

Make a U-turn. 28th December 2017

 

The North Face of the Graveyard. 27th December 2017

 

Three days to go – last but not least. 21st December 2017

 

A quiet corner with a view, in loving memory. 21st December 2017

 

Christmas Deliveries – Horse and Home. 21st December 2017

 

Dusk, the Winter Solstice, Church Street. 21st December 2017

 

In loving memory. 21st December 2017

 

The Winter Solstice at Noon – St James the Less, less the sun! 21st December 2017

 

This year, no crowds, no mince pies, just peace on earth. 21st December 2017

 

Triangles, the Holy Trinity. 21st December 2017

 

Christmas Wreath. Manor Road. 15th December 2017

 

A winter birds’ delight, red berries in abundance. School Street. 15th November 2017

 

The low winter sun illuminates Church Street and Park Lane. 15th December 2017.

 

Oh, the weather outside is frightful. 10th December 2017

 

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. 10th December 2017

 

Snow is glistening, a beautiful sight. Madam’s Close. 10th December 2017

 

Snow layers, Haddon Cottage. 10th December 2017

 

Walkies in a winter wonderland, Madam’s Close. 10th December 2017

 

The flags of the special relationship flutter in the morning breeze, the morning sun bathes the Manor in a winter glow and a few flakes of snow still rest on the roof. 8th December 2017

 

A flag follows the wind. 8th December 2017.

 

Early morning trot and a dusting of the first snow of winter on Colin’s car. 8th December 2017

 

Attention! Neat and tidy wheelie bins. 8th December 2017

 

December farming, hedging, or should I say “treeing”, the Pebbles Field, Helmdon Road. 5th December 2017
Click here to see names of fields in Sulgrave Parish.

 

December farming. The modern way of hedge laying, or “hedging” as we used to say. The Pebbles Field, Helmdon Road. 5th December 2017

A Super Moon is only supposed to be seen once in a blue moon. This one is the second in thirteen months.

3rd December 2017

 

This is no “Van ordinaire”. 2nd December 2017

 

Cold December Saturday. 2nd December 2017

 

‘Old it, bang, wallop, what a picture, what a photograph! 2nd December 2017

 

Libby and her dogs. Christmas Market. 2nd December 2017

 

John buying his and Celia’s fish and chip supper. 2nd December 2017

 

Jane and one green bottle hanging…… 2nd December 2017

 

Christmas Market. 2nd December 2017

 

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire. 2nd December 2017

 

But small is the gate and narrow is the road that leads to life. 2nd December 2017

 

Friday night is butcher’s night. 1st December 2017

 

Good Morning, Madam’s Close. 25th December 2017

 

Manor Christmas Market. Melanie selling preserves for the Porch Charity, 25th December 2017

 

12 NOON. It’s not GMT or even UTC. It’s SULGRAVE TIME. 24th November 2017

 

Tracey and Jackie in Sulgrave Shop. 23rd November 2017

 

Budget Day papers in the shop. 23rd November 2017

 

Winter sun bathes the Sulgrave Shop shelves. 23rd November 2017

 

The first frost of winter and a Sulgrave dawn. 17th November 2017.

 

The first frost of winter as the dawn sun highlights fading autumn leaves. 17th November 2017.

 

Red sky at night over Sulgrave heralding a second frost of winter. 17th November 2017

 

The falling leaves of red and gold drift by the Sulgrave Winter Sun. 12th November 2017

 

The falling leaves of red and gold in Manor Road. 27th October 2017

 

Albino squirrels? Never seen one! Garden Wall, Little Street. 10th November 2017

 

November farming. Ian Cherry hedge cutting in Madam’s Close. 10th November 2017

 

November tree cutting in the Church Yard. 2nd November 2017

 

Veteran Car, Sulgrave. 26th October 2017

 

Modern October farming – Silaging. 25th October 2017

 

Modern October farming – Ploughing, Magpie Farm. 25th October 2017

 

Distant views Banbury Model Aircraft Airfield and Telecoms Tower, Hellidon. 27th October 2017

 

Distant views, Magpie Farm. 17th October 2017

 

Distant views, Solar Farm. 17th October 2017

 

Distant views, Thorpe Mandeville. 17th October 2017

 

Choosing Christmas stock – Michael, Tracey, Jeanette (last day). 7th September 2017

 

Jeanette Smith’s last day at Sulgrave Shop. 7th September 2017

 

Jeanette Smith outside village shop, her last day. 7th September 2017

 

Jeanette Shop Card. 29th August 2017

Church Street floral display. 25th August 2017

Magpie Farm, the Welsh drovers’ B and B. 25th August 2017

Roof tilers, The Old Farmhouse. 10th August 2017

Time to fix the shingles. 10th August 2017

Village Shop Jenga. 10th August 2017

 

The Minnesota traditional Morris gathering outside the  Star. 1st July 2017

 

“Which way is Banbury Cross? I’ve come to see the Fiennes Lady!” 1st July 2017

 

“Who’s your friend, Ronnie?” 1st July 2017

 

Yah, sure, you betcha – the Minnesota Jump! 1st July 2017

 

Sulgrave en Provence. 1st July 2017

 

Bride and wedding reception at Sulgrave Manor. 1st July 2017

 

 30 plus degrees – Sulgrave’s hottest June since 1976. 21st June 2017

Sulgrave Summer Solstice – the sun does not get higher than this. 21st June 2017

Sulgrave Summer Sunset. 15th June 2017

X marks the spot – historians may think that we had elections every other day! 8th June 2017

Waterless Village. 3rd June 2017

Helmdon Road water leak – Anglian’s Ancient Aquaduct. 3rd June 2017

Anglian Water’s Helmdon Road water leak promise. 3rd June 2017

Sulgrave village store panorama. 25th May 2017

Plenty of choices, whatever the weather. 25th May 2017

Plenty of choice on a hot summer’s day. 25th May 2017

The village store, refreshing and looking good. 25th May 2017

Five ways panorama dog walking. 26th May 2017

Starlit night. 26th May 2017

Three wheels on my wagon. 17th May 2017

Star reflections in the puddles. 17th May 2017

More foreign visitors to Sulgrave Manor – Canadian Geese on Madam’s Close. 6th May 2017.

See more pictures of Canada Geese nesting in Sulgrave in May 2008.

Fields of Gold. 4th May 2017

Geoff pointing churchyard wall. 4th May 2017

Spring is here! 4th May 2017

Local Elections 2017. The Postal Vote. 4th May 2017

Local Elections 2017. Open almost all hours! 4th May 2017

Castle Green colours. 4th May 2017

Yonder Star. 4th May 2017

It’s a bank holiday, so it’s DIY day! 1st May 2017.

Little Street view of new Little Street houses. 27th April 2017.

New Little Street houses from Helmdon Road, 25th April 2017.

Helmdon Road – a different view. 25th April 2017.

School Street daffodils. 9th April 2017

Busy sunny Sunday outside the Village Shop. 9th April 2017

Sunny Rectory Farm, Little Street. 7th April 2017

The Wool House plaque, Little Street. 7th April 207

The moon is out the oil seed rape is out the blackthorn is still out and the pony is out grazing. 7th April 2017

The barrow boy has arrived. 5th April 2017

Lovely ripe tomatoes, mam. 5th April 2017

First common blue of the summer. 5th April 2017.

A string of onions. Sulgrave en Bretagne? 24th March 2017

Spring sunshine shadows. 24th March 2017

Sunny Eagle House. 24th March 2017

(See Eagle House in former days. 11th picture down.)

A different view of the shop signs. 24th March 2017

Could be a Roman road! North entrance to the Church. 24th March 2017

Until the 1960s, this was the normal approach to the Church, with the south door little used. In the 1940s and 1950s there were flower beds between the trees, each one being maintained by two children from the village school.

Fresh brassicas at the Village Shop. 24th March 2017

Road works and daffodils, Magpie Road. 22nd March 2017

Storm clouds over Banbury from Thorpe Mandeville Road. 22nd March 2017

First Cloudy Yellow Butterfly of the spring, in Little Street. 13th March 2017

Cloudy Yellow Butterfly, a closer look. 13th March 2017

Park Lane Primulas. 13th March 2017

Window cleaning, old and new, Little Street. 9th March 2017

Vapour trails and Vodafone. 9th March 2017

The long and winding road to Weston. 9th March 2017

Spring sun, snowdrops, stars and stripes. 9th March 2017

First butterfly, a comma, of the year, Little Street. 9th March 2017

Far better than eBay! 9th March 2017

Daffodils, the rite of spring. 9th March 2017

A bus shed with a view. 9th March 2017

See photograph of the bus shelter under construction in 1964.

Sulgrave school bus. 6th March 2017

Bicester and Warden Hunt in winter sun. 5th March 2017

Rainbow over Manor Road and Towrise. 3rd March 2017

Not quite a partridge in a pear tree! 1st March 2017

Shop assistant’s view of the shop. 1st March 2017

Tried the marshmallows but the fire didn’t light! 28th February 2017

Snowdrops herald spring and welcome visitors to Sulgrave. 24th February 2017

(See how the now long gone elm trees once welcomed visitors to the village. Early 1970s).

Is a house sale the same as a car boot sale? 28th January 2017

Park Lane wall repaired. 28th January 2017

“Not ewe again!” 21st January 2017

“Misty Cross Roads.” 21st January 2017

“First snowdrops of the year, Churchyard”. 21st January 2017

Castle Hill and Church in Morning Mist.” 21st January 2017

“In the Spotlight” (Mumford’s Van) 13th January 2017

“Open All Hours” (Mumford’s Van). 13th January 2017

Castle Hill and the Church of St James. 13th January 2017

The Star Inn, Manor Road. 13th January 2017

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Supermoon” over Little Street. 13th November 2016

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Supermoon” over Sulgrave’s old railway embankment. 13th November 2016

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Sulgrave Village Shop. 3rd November 2016

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Following in father’s footsteps. 2nd November 2016

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Fleet Farm Housing Site. 2nd November 2016

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Madam’s Close and Sulgrave Manor. 1st November 2016

See here for a 1972 picture of the entrance to Madam’s Close from Little Street, including the magnificent elm tree which stood in the centre of the close until succumbing to Dutch Elm Disease a few years later.

 

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One Response to “VILLAGE VIEWS by CHRIS BEHAN”

  1. Libbie Foster says:

    Absolutely Fabulous!

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