English Bicknor is one of the ancient villages of the Forest of Dean, situated at the top of a hill overlooking the Wye Valley, and once the site of an ancient motte & bailey castle, the remnants of which can still be seen. Close to the village is Bicknor Court, an imposing house some 400 years old. Situated between Symond's Yat and Lower Lydbrook on high ground opposite its namesake Welsh Bicknor.
English Bicknor is first recorded as a hamlet in 1066. A primarily agricultural and industrial area, its main attraction today is the small Norman Church of St Mary which has excellent internal masonry and sculpture dating from the 12th century. The original tower was situated centrally but was built from the soft local sandstone which became unsafe. The church is also interesting because it is sited within the outer courtyard of the motte and bailey castle. Norman masonry has been found within the motte, suggesting at least part was built in stone and while nothing is left of the castle's actual structure today, its location is still identifiable.
A typical early Norman defence work which is one of many along the Welsh border, it is thought to have been built in the reign of Henry 1 (1100 - 1135) or Stephen (1135 - 54) and was demolished or destroyed by the late 14th Century, but why and how is not known. For more information, please call us on the number shown, or click in the header of any page to email English Bicknoremail@example.com.
Photo from Featured Project near English Bicknor
Welcome to Terrific Tuesday
Named from the Germanic god, Tiw, and associated with Mars. Mars is known as the 'Red Planet' so make it a red letter day for your business. The phrase "He looked at me like I was from Mars" is often used when we have done something strange or out of the ordinary.
Do something out of the ordinary today! The unexpected is always a great ground-breaker. How about thinking about your opening statement when approaching a new potential customer. Has it become formulaic and hackneyed? Would something new be like putting on a new suit for the first time?
How many times have you been in a shop and an obsequious assistant asks "Can I help you?" and you want to say something like "Yes, you could pay my mortgage". How many times have you used such a response? I have many times.
Opening questions are great but need to take people by surprise sometimes to get the conversation going your way. Face to face in retail situations, it is easier to come up with a new opening as people give clues in the way they dress, what they are looking at and their demeanour. Online you don't have those luxuries so you have to come up with something engaging yet general enough to intrigue any potential customer for your products or services.
Take a look at the opening statement of your website today. Does it ask a question that draws people to look more closely? How would you react to what you see if you were a customer looking for what you do? Applying the 'So What?' test that we talked about yesterday is a great idea here. Put yourself in the other person's shoes for a moment.
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