Come to Peterborough!

July 29, 2013

As it is my plan to visit as many different places in the UK as I can, Rebecca and I went to Peterborough on a shopping trip the other week. We had so much fun! The place is not particularly charming (except for the cathedral area as all historical places are interesting in my book) but it was certainly a good variation of what we can find in Grantham, which is not a lot. There are a lot of shops to go into so we visited the sales at H&M and Primark, had a gander in the charity shops (I did find a couple of interesting things, yay!) and crowned the day by visiting the best shop in town – the Sue Ryder vintage shop.

What I wore: Silk Dress – Bought brand new with tags at the Salvation Army in Florida, Bag – Target, Shoes – Office (via Ebay), Head Bow – H&M

The Peterborough cathedral is definitely worth visiting. I didn’t take any photos inside but I will tell you that the abside (the circular bit behind the altar) was absolutely breathtaking. The stone archways and all the details on the ribbed vaulting which are typical of gothic architecture have been the most beautiful I’ve seen in a while. Also the wood ceilings are profusely decorated and worth spending some time looking at them. I had no idea that Catherine of Aragon (Henry the VIII first wife) was buried there and apparently Mary Queen of Scots was there until she was moved back to Scotland. I always like these little brushes with history when I go visit places.

A bit of Art Deco architecture doesn’t hurt anyone. A simple example of it but still very elegant nonetheless.

We finished the shopping trip by visiting the Sue Ryder vintage shop. It was great: everything is organized by decades and there was a lot of good stuff to look at and buy. The prices are not dirt cheap but still fairly affordable. I fell in love with one of the fitting rooms, going in there with all the pink, the antique mirrors and collages just made me smile.

This handsome boy was helping collect funds for a great dane rescue society. He was so nice and friendly, he even smiled for the camera!

All in all I had a really nice day with Rebecca in Peterborough and hope to do another day out like this soon. I am adding this post to Patti’s Visible Monday over at Not Dead Yet Style. Have a lovely week everyone!

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  • Reply Patti @ NotDeadYet Style July 29, 2013 at 21:21

    looks like a fabulous day out. the cathedral is spectacular and I do love an Art Deco facade too – that’s one of the reasons I am so crazy for NYC. love your silk dress – thanks for sharing your great look with Visible Monday!

  • Reply Jet aka Punk Glam Queen July 29, 2013 at 21:27

    Oo I love seeing new places I haven’t been! Even though I’m more of a castle vs cathedral/ church person, I do find them quite stunning & this one looks a doozy! You look very pretty in your bargain dress! And that dog, I would have melted! Actually drooling over quite a bit in this post, I’m glad you enjoyed a day out someplace new! I always try to get to one new place outside London for at least a day when I visit as I get sucked into London with so many dear ones to visit. XXX

  • Reply Val Sparkle July 30, 2013 at 03:40

    I know I’ve read about the cathedral there, but I can’t quite place it. I’ll have to go look in my books – I love cathedrals and old buildings. And fruit and custard tarts – yum!

    Your dress looks gorgeous!

  • Reply Señora Allnut July 30, 2013 at 08:02

    it seems a great place to go and watch!, hurrah for gothic cathedrals and vintage shops!, you look gorgeous and love that pretty little dog!

  • Reply Ariane July 31, 2013 at 02:05

    This is a stunning church
    Such history on your side of the planelovely vintage shop.
    Funny they all look alike wherever you are but nonetheless very pretty

  • Reply pastcaring July 31, 2013 at 20:10

    You know, I have never been to Peterborough. The church looks beautiful. There is a charity shop in York, I think also a Sue Ryder, which has a dedicated vintage floor, nice stuff though not usual charity shop prices!
    Love your dress! xxxx

  • Reply Jan Graham-McMillen August 1, 2013 at 17:01

    Looks like you had a grand time … I am always grateful for the travel photos. Had to go look up more photos of the cathedral. Not a bad way to spend a few minutes before lunch!
    You look quite lovely for your shopping day with your friend. Such a sweet shop, as well. Pretty post, all around.

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