ENGLAND 2018

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A vacation in England we focussed mainly on general history, castles & pubs - but a few aviation items passed my way too.
Our plan was basically to drive from Newcastle-upon-Tyne to Harwich, but not in a straight line..
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The road goes on... Part II of our England 2018 trip. Our visit to England, 2018

 

 
 

Our visit to England, 2018
We happened upon this impressive manor house and decided to look into it. This was at East Barsham.
There were signs that gave the impression it was open for tours, but we soon found out that the house was closed
and indeed for sale! I think someone gave up on the upkeep of this grand estate.

Our visit to England, 2018
The specifics: 'For sale 8 bedroom detached house Fakenham Road, East Barsham, Fakenham, Norfolk, NR21
Purported to have been built in or around 1520, Barsham Manor House has played host over the last 5 centuries to
many guests, from monarchs, knights, politicians and celebrities to latter day rock legends. Its most famous guest was undoubtedly King Henry VIII, who stayed here on at least 5 separate occasions (never with the same wife!) whilst visiting
the nearby shrine to our Lady of Walsingham (see my report further down) and, whilst The Manor's construction has
always been attributed to Sir Henry Fermor, Henry VIII once referred to it as "my small country palace in Barsham."
www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/

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Our visit to England, 2018
Walsingham Abbey was our next planned visit and we found Walsingham village to be nice little place with
a few other things of interest as well.

Our visit to England, 2018
The pump was erected in the 16th century. Stones of the destroyed Augustinian Priory were used to construct it.
The well supplied water to a large part of the village.

Our visit to England, 2018

This is what we came for, the claim to fame for this little village: Walsingham Priory!
It was a monastery of Augustinian Canons regular in Walsingham, Norfolk and seized by the crown at the Dissolution of the Monasteries under King Henry VIII.
Henry III came on a pilgrimage to Walsingham in 1241, Edward I in 1280 and 1296, Edward II in 1315, Henry VI in 1455, Henry VII in 1487, and Henry VIII in 1513.
Erasmus, in fulfilment of a vow made, a pilgrimage from Cambridge in 1511 and he left as his offering a set of
Greek verses expressive of his piety.

Walsingham Priory had its origins in the time of Edward the Confessor.
en.wikipedia.org:_Walsingham_Priory

 

Our visit to England, 2018

Our visit to England, 2018

Our visit to England, 2018
The grounds provide for a nice shaded stroll through some woodlands with a small river running through it.


Our visit to England, 2018
Williamsons Furniture Store and Former Prison.
The mill housed at some point prisoners who were forced to work treadmills. When the prison (Bridewell) closed in 1861 the use of treadmills for grinding ceased. The purchaser of the site, Miles Brown, endeavoured to maintain the mill activity by steam power. That chimney was built when the treadmills were replaced with steam power and is dated
to 1861, it came from an old steam mill. Unfortunately the enterprise failed very quickly and this left the chimney
still standing, as the usual weakness caused by soot on the chimney's inside did not have time to build up. en.wikipedia.org:_Walsingham

I hope to revisit Walsingham some day, I liked the Café / Secondhand bookstore, there was a nice 'vintage store'
where we bought something for the garden plus there is a Light Railway Line here I might want to visit.

 
  Binham Priory

Our visit to England, 2018

Our visit to England, 2018


St Mary's Priory, Binham, or Binham Priory, is a ruined Benedictine priory located in  Norfolk.
The priory was founded in the late 11th century, as a dependent house of St Albans Abbey, by Peter de Valognes and his wife Albreda. Peter was a nephew of William the Conqueror, and after the Norman Conquest was assigned lands in west and north Norfolk, among them the entire village of Binham.
Originally it had 8 monks, rising to 13 or 14 in the 14th century before falling back to 6 immediately before its suppression 1539.

A Ley tunnel is said to run from the buildings to an unknown destination and many years ago a fiddler decided to explore these passages; he could be heard for some distance before suddenly ceasing. The fiddler was never seen again....

Our visit to England, 2018

Our visit to England, 2018
Fine intricate decorations

Our visit to England, 2018

Our visit to England, 2018

Our visit to England, 2018

Our visit to England, 2018



This day we visited 3 abbeys in various stages of decay and ruin, all very different and enjoyable.
But enough is enough!

 

 
 

Our visit to England, 2018
Our visit to the 100th Bomb Group memorial Museum, near Diss in Norfolk, was better than expected.
A very fine museum on the 'Bloody Hundreth', who carried out their WW2 bomb raids over Germany against heavy
losses. I have made a report on my ENGLAND 2018 aviation page.

 

 
 AUDLEY END HOUSE

Our visit to England, 2018
Audley End House slipped through our fingers last year because when we showed up at the gate it was closed for filming.
But this time we were more fortunate. These ornate interiors are not really my thing, but I decided to have a look inside anyway. Esspecially when I learned that photography was forbidden and this has an effect on me as a red rag to a bull...

Our visit to England, 2018
The observing stewards could not prevent me from taking a few photos; I don't understand the objection.

Our visit to England, 2018

Our visit to England, 2018

Audley End House is a largely early 17th-century country house outside Saffron Walden in Essex.
It was once a prodigy house, a palace in all but name and renowned as one of the finest Jacobean houses in England. Audley End is now one-third of its original size, but it is still large.
The Capability Brown parkland includes many of the neo-classical monuments, although some are not in the care of English Heritage.
en.wikipedia.org:_Audley_End_House

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I love libraries!

Our visit to England, 2018


Our visit to England, 2018
The best part of our visit, I thought, was the demonstration of birds of prey here in the grounds of Audley End House!

Our visit to England, 2018
I loved the explanation that these people are not trainers: one cannot train birds of prey.
The Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug; NL: Sakervalk) is a large species of falcon. This species breeds from central Europe eastwards across Asia to Manchuria. It is mainly migratory except in the southernmost parts of its range, wintering in Ethiopia, the Arabian peninsula, northern Pakistan and western China. [Wikipedia]

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This owl ate from the demonstrator's hand or landed on something thrown on the ground.

www.owlpages.com/owls

Our visit to England, 2018

The spotted eagle-owl (Bubo africanus; NL: Afrikaanse oehoe) is a medium-sized species of owl, one of the smallest of the eagle owls.
Its length is 45 centimetres (18 in) and its weight is from 454 to 907 grams (1.0 to 2.0 lb). It has a 100 to 140 centimetres (39 to 55 in) wingspan.
The facial disk is off white to pale ochre and the eyes are yellow. It has prominent ear tufts, and the upper body is dusky brown, the lower parts off-white with brown bars.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spotted_eagle-owl

Our visit to England, 2018
A ball is sweeped and the bird recognizes it as prey. When it catches it, there is a reward in it.
This should be the Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos; NL: Steenarend), I think.
One of the best-known birds of prey in the Northern Hemisphere; it is the most widely distributed species of eagle.
Wikipedia and www.youtube.com

Perigrine Falcon, also known as the Duck Hawk in North America:
[Our visit to England, 2018
This Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus; NL: Slechtvalk) went for its first demonstration flight and after its
take off it refused to return! It ignored the whistle and the waving, enjoying its freedom. But it has a transmitter...
Thus ended the demonstration.


Our visit to England, 2018
A game of cricket in the blazing heat. Others seem to think of better ways to spend the time.

 
 RHS Garden Hyde Hall

Our visit to England, 2018

Another first for me: a visit to a Royal Horticultural Society garden, in this case the RHS Garden Hyde Hall.
It is located in Essex and was created by Dr. and Mrs Robinson in 1955. Hyde Hall was formerly a working farm on a hilltop surrounded by arable land. The site was cleared and 60 trees purchased from Wickford market a few miles away. These trees now form the Woodland Garden.
In 1976 Helen and Dick Robinson formed the Hyde Hall Garden Trust which would manage the garden on a long-term basis. The trust donated Hyde Hall to the Royal Horticultural Society in 1993.

We enjoyed the landscaping and wealth of flowers, also the sculptures were impressive. We bought several items for our garden.
The sunny weather was of course very fortunate. We had an excellent visit and we hope to repeat the experience.
en.wikipedia.org:_RHS_Garden_Hyde_Hall

Our visit to England, 2018
Beautiful sculptures!

Our visit to England, 2018

Our visit to England, 2018
A lot of work must go into tending these flowerbeds.

Our visit to England, 2018

Our visit to England, 2018
There were some opportunities to photograph some birdlife.
This is a house sparrow, male (Passer domesticus; NL: Huismus, man)

What a fine day, what a fine summer!

 
 

Our visit to England, 2018

A visit to a modest air show, I should say a 'Fly In', the Air-Britain 2018 Fly-In at North Weald airfield.
I have a pictorial report on my ENGLAND 2018 aviation page.

 

 
 COLCHESTER

Our visit to England, 2018
After we had overcome problems to get our car parked in the centre of Colchester, we visited Colchester Castle.
It is a fine example of a largely complete Norman castle. At one and a half times the size of the Tower of
London's White Tower, Colchester's keep (46 m × 34 m) is the largest ever built in Britain and the largest
surviving example in Europe!

Our visit to England, 2018
It took me by quite a surprise to find the interior of the castle outfitted as a very modern museum.

The castle is built on the foundations of the earlier Roman temple of Claudius (built between AD 54-60). These foundations, with their massive vaults, have since been uncovered and can be viewed today on a castle tour.
The castle was ordered by William the Conqueror and designed by Gundulf, Bishop of Rochester.
Building began between 1069 and 1076, but was stopped in 1080 because of a threat of Viking invasion.
The castle was completed by around 1100. Many materials, such as Roman brick and clay taken from the Roman town, were used in the building and these can easily be seen. Scaffolding pole holes and garderobes can still be seen in the structure.
In 1215, the castle was besieged and eventually captured by King John, during the First Barons' War.

The castle has had various uses since it ceased to be a royal castle; it has been a county prison, where in 1645 the self-styled Witchfinder General, Matthew Hopkins interrogated and imprisoned suspected witches...
en.wikipedia.org:_Colchester_Castle

Our visit to England, 2018

Our visit to England, 2018
Colchester: Britain's oldest recorded town!

Our visit to England, 2018

Our visit to England, 2018

Our visit to England, 2018


Our visit to England, 2018
In 1648, during the Second English Civil War, the Royalist leaders Sir Charles Lucas and Sir George Lisle were
executed just to the rear of Colchester castle. Local legend has it that grass will not grow on the spot on
which they fell. A small obelisk now marks the point.

A stroll along Colchester's High Street Our visit to England, 2018

Our visit to England, 2018
Via Holland on Sea...

Our visit to England, 2018
Another visit to Waterstones, without purchases this time.
Prior to our visit we had visited Chelmsford, for the bookshops of Foyles (modern & meagre: no luck) and
Waterstones (much better selection, bought one Nicci French title of my shopping list).
Amazing to note how fast an author like Ruth Rendell has disappeared from the shelves!

 
 

Our visit to England, 2018
Most days we had concluded our planned visits around 15:00 or so and we subsequently went looking for refreshments
in a nice country pub. But I found that they were not always easy to locate! Sometimes we went off the road to a
village and found modern villages don't seem to have have pubs! And when we finally had located a pub with a tv
tuned to football (sometimes the punters preferred a cricket match and we had to go elsewhere for the World
Championship 2018 football match; or the pub did not have a tv for the public at all), we only got to see the dying
minutes of the second half. Fortunately there was often extra time issued to come to a conclusion in the match,
even a penalty shoot out at times and we could finish our drinks at leisure.

Btw, the Marlborough Head in Dedham (an AONB area) was a pub that did not have a tv.

 
 ORFORD NESS

Our visit to England, 2018
Orford Ness I had planned twice previously, but this time things worked out better. That is to say, it was (again)
too windy to see much birdlife, but the structures present here make for a fascinating hike and some fine photography. See my full page report: ORFORD NESS EXPLORED


A practice fly-by of RAF aircraft for the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force concluded our visit at
Orford Ness and my travel report.The heat haze made the photos blur, but it allows me to CONGRATULATE the RAF!

 

 

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