Which Is Your Favourite Man-Made Wonder of the East of England?

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The East of England. An eastwards place in England. A really interesting place I’m not at all struggling to find fun facts about. Oh no, not at all. Nope. Not a word of it. And I’m sure you’re dying to hear all about these wonderful facts. Erm, okay. Erm. Ah. Well. You see. Erm. Clacton! That’s a place down, erm, in, erm – yes! It is in the east. I knew that. It has a famous pier. Once described as the ‘largest fun pier in Europe’. I’m more interested in the largest dullest pier in Europe. That would be fun. Which is ironic, really.

Ely Cathedral is beautiful and record breaking but it’s a church and I never choose religious places. Also, it’s been butchered over the years. Very little of the original church remains. And this religious connection also rules out Rushton Triangular Lodge, very pretty but very religious. Stowe Gardens are very lovely but there are greater wonders on this list. Lavenham is, in keeping with the theme, gorgeous, but it’s a whole village. I’m sorry, but surely a wonder is a thing, not a colossal collection of things. Plus, it’s very touristy. Colchester Castle does not look like something you’d find in England. But castles have never been my thing. And I can rule out The Broads, a collection of man-made waterways, for one simple reason. They were an accident. The people who created them just wanted some soil but ended up flooding much of the area they excavated. There’s no human ingenuity in that. They were reckless fools. I don’t care how beautiful it is now, that is a prime example of poor council management.

So I’ll go for the Chappel Viaduct. It is gorgeous. Staggeringly graceful. Sweeping, majestic, noble and strong. The brickwork is elegant yet simple, that simplicity a common theme grounding this phenomenal feat of engineering. It’s wonderful and that’s what makes a wonder great.

The Chappel Viaduct. My favourite man-made wonder of the East of England.

The Friday Bonus Question:

Plucked from the basement of the internet, a bewildering real question that defies logic and an answer, here for you to ponder:

Why do we park in driveways and drive on parkways?

Ciao :)(:


Photo: The Chappel Viaduct


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