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Dominated both in
spirit and in fact, by its magnificent castle, yet the town itself is very
attractive with Georgian and Victorian buildings, Church Street being one of its
prettiest areas. The parish Church of St John stands in the High Street
with railings designed by Grindling Gibbons. Nearby is the Guildhall
designed at the end of the 17th Century by Sir Thomas Fitch and finished by Sir
Christopher Wren. However it is the castle that made the town and still
attracts thousands and thousands of visitors every year.
The castle is the
largest inhabited castle in the world and covers over 13 acres. Its story
starts with William the Conqueror who quickly grasped its strategic position and
the advantage of a forest for hunting close by. Since then practically
every sovereign has had a hand in the building, Henry II put up the first stone
buildings including the round tower, but the defences are still those built by
Henry III. Edward III was born at Windsor and loved it, he enlarged the royal
apartments and founded the order of the Knights of the Garter, making Windsor a
centre for chivalry. The castle is made up of three parts, the lower ward,
which includes St George's chapel, the upper ward in which lie the state
apartments and the middle ward where the enormous round tower gives wonderful
views over 12 counties.
St. George's Chapel, Windsor
A sumptuous and impressive
building which yet gives an effect of light and spaciousness. The
perpendicular chapel was begun by Edward IV in 1475 and completed in the reigns
of Henry VII and VIII. Many sovereigns and famous men and women lie buried
here, including Charles I, Henry VIII, Jane Seymour and the present Queens
Mother and father. Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert were also
buried at Windsor but in the royal mausoleum at Frogmore in Home Park near the
Worcester a city with a
river, cathedral, famous pottery and history around every corner. Situated
in the centre of the county and built on the banks of the River Severn.
The area has known many marauding armies using the town as a base and river
crossing. Romans, Anglo Saxons, Danes and the Welsh have all contributed
to its colourful history. The Civil War inflicted terrible damage, it was
the first city to declare for the King and the last to surrender in 1646.
It also saw in 1651 the final battle for Cromwell when Charles I was completely
defeated. The Cathedral was started in 1084 and is a beautiful place of
worship. Many interesting houses are situated in the city some dating back
over 500 years, however today the cities main claim to fame must surely be the
home of the Royal Worcester Porcelain works situated near the Cathedral right in
the centre of the city.
received it first
in 680. It
is thought the first
stood very close the present one.
do understand that
built a new
in 962 and it is thought that some of the existing stonework is incorporated in
the present building.
started the building of a new
on the present site.
crypt and chapter house remain substantially as the
builders left them.
visited many times and asked that on his death he be buried in the
which was agreed.
was consecrated in 1218 but further enlargement followed ending in about 1375.
960 to 1540 the
was a Monastery
under the rule of the
order. One interesting point the whole length of the
seems to be built in one piece when in fact the two
side built in 1345 is far better finished than the
side which due to the intervention of the
was built some 40 years later.
Situated close to the
Welsh/English border on the banks of the River Wye. This cathedral city
was founded in about 700A.D. The original fortifications intended to
protect Saxon Hereford from the Welsh. The area is famous for cider
making, the special bitter sweet apples popular in the region are gathered in
the Autumn and delivered to the factories where the process of fermenting,
filtering and blending takes place. There has been a Cathedral at Hereford
since the city was founded, most of the present building dating from the 11/12th
Centuries. The Cathedral owes much to the patronage of King Offa of Mercia
who built the famous Dyke which runs approx 6 miles to the West of the city and
which defined the border between England and Wales. It was Offa who was
responsible for the beheading of King Ethelbert King of East Anglia.
An Anglo Saxon
Cathedral already existed in Hereford so in 792 became the burial place of poor
Ethelbert. Nothing of the earlier building remains and the present Norman
Cathedral was begun in 1079 by the then Bishop, Robert De Losinga. The
Lady Chapel and Crypt at the East end is an unusual construction from the 13th
Century. King Stephens chair while probably from the 13th
Century, is supposedly the chair used by King Stephen when he celebrated mass in
the Cathedral at Pentecost 1138. Amongst the treasures housed in the
Cathedral is a chained library of over 1,500 rare books including an 8th
Century gospel, together with the unique Mappa Mundy, which is a map of the
world drawn in 1290, showing Jerusalem at its heart and England/Ireland at its
The castle was built in
1085 by either the Earl of Shrewsbury Robert
Montgomery or Roger De Lacy. Built to ward off those marauding Welsh
natives. The massive structure stands today much as it did when it was
built and seen by Edward IV, Catherine of Aragon and Henry VIII's brother Prince
Arthur who died here.
The massive structure
stands today much as it did when it was built and seen by Edward IV, Catherine
of Aragon and Henry VIII's brother Prince Arthur who died here. The parish
Church of St Laurence is one of the largest parish Churches in England.
Largely 15th Century. Interesting Misericords in the church choir. The
East window in the Chancel is 30ft high by 18ft wide and depicts the life,
history and miracles of the patron Saint in 27 separate scenes containing approx
300 figures. The finest thoroughfare in Ludlow is broad street where every
building dates back to the 14/15th Centuries. Tucked into a yard off Church Street is the Rose and
Crown first licensed in the 16th century. The Feathers Hotel in the bull
ring is a lovely 17th Century half timbered building. it is believed the
entrance door is more than 300 years old. Few towns in England have as
much to show for their history as Ludlow. Enjoy it in the time you have.
attractive old town with a wealth of ancient houses and timbered inns. The
Hop Pole being a good example, with a fine 14th Century fireplace before which,
in dickens book, Mr Pickwick warmed his coat tails. Tewkesbury is famous
for 2 reasons.
Developed from the
Anglo Saxon words Cot and Wold, Cot meaning sheep pen. Wold meaning high windy
ground, that certainly can describe the area well, especially in the winter.
The soil is poor on the Wolds and not a lot of it but a great area for rearing
sheep. Hence the numerous villages with lovely churches (known as wool
churches) built by wealthy landowners centuries ago. The area is also
famous for the Cotswold stone a soft stone which yellows with age. Many
cottages will be seen built of Cotswold stone.
Bourton on the Water
A picturesque village with
the River Windrush flowing under low arched bridges alongside the main street,
beside grassy lawns and Cotswold stoned cottages.
Best seen in the fading
light of a warm summer evening, the houses of golden stone many with cottage
gardens facing the River Coln. William Morris described Bibury as the most
beautiful village in England. Sit on the wall by the river watch the trout
running in the crystal clear water and across on the island a protected nature
reserve with wild duck and many species of bird.
Haw Bridge Inn
Built in 1630 as a stop over place for boats, where the old toll bridge crossed
the river Severn. Many a boatman has taken a sip of ale and a Ploughman’s
lunch within these walls, while watching the boats plying their trade on this
once busy stretch of river. Today, just pleasure craft glide slowly by.
But the Inn still retains the ambiance of a bygone age nestling as it does on
the banks of the river. Flagstone floors, oak panelling & oak beamed
ceilings. Collections of horse brasses and Toby jugs adorn both walls and
ceilings. Home cooked food, enjoy this little piece of real England.
Black Country Museum
The Black Country,
black by day and red by night, cannot be matched for vast and varied production
by any sphere of equal radius on the surface of the globe--American Consul 1868.
The sights & sounds of the past are waiting at the museum. A living
tribute to the skills and enterprise of the people of the Black Country.
Nail making, chain making, glass cutting, baking, boat building, iron working