UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales

In 1994 Anne and I took 3 weeks of my sabbatical from Apple to go to the UK. We spent 2 weeks in London and the middle week traveling around southern England and Wales. I took nearly 20 rolls of film on this trip. This is Part 2 of my Album from that trip, covering the time we spent around southern England and Wales.

I can be reached at "szyslr" at "galleryszy.stevenanne.net". I also have a blog: "Sighs and Musings".

UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : A view down The Shambles

Our first stop outside greater London was York, which we absolutely adored. The city of York has preserved enough of the old (some parts going back to the Romans) while keeping the city functional so that you don't feel like you are in a museum. What's particularly interesting is that they have preserved some of the old language in location names. Note how narrow the street is.

This particular street is "The Shambles" - and old term for the street on which the butchers maintained shops. The modern sense of "shambles" came from the (literally) bloody mess usually found on such streets.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : The Shambles

A street sign on The Shambles.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Streets of York

Another old street in York.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Streets of York 2

And another.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : York Town Square

The small Square in downtown York

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : York Town Square 2

Anther View of the Square

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : A "Bar"

One of the old gatehouses (known as "bars") in the city wall.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Church Ruins

Some very picturesque ruins of an old church in York.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Whipmawhapmagate

The shortest street in York - about 4 meters long.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Thomas's

A familar sign to Americans. Unfortunately, most folks in the UK have no idea what you mean by an "English Muffin" (just as the French don't know what a "French Fry" is). The closest thing actually sold in the UK are certain kinds of scones.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Store front on Back Swinegate

How'd you like that address? Then again, my father grew up (just outside of new york city) on "Skunks Misery Road".

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : York Castle Museum 1

Exterior shot of part of York Castle Museum (This is actually the old prison). This is a very nice museum with something for just about everyone, mostly focused on 18th and 19th century life.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : York Castle Museum 2

Another part of York Castle Museum

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Clifford's Tower 1

Originally built by William the Conqueror to control the Northern part of his new kingdom. Was the site of an infamous massacre of Jews.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Clifford's Tower 2

Another shot of Clifford's Tower.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Inside York Minister

A good "big picture" view of the inside

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : York Minister Details

The carvings on the wall behind the altar.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Roof of Chapter House

I believe this was the roof of the chapter house for York Minister. The "chapter house" was the headquarters for the committee who built the Cathedral.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Chapter House Detail

The floor of the chapter house.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : York Minister Stained Glass 1

No pictures of an English high church are complete without a few shots of stained glass.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : York Minister Stained Glass 2

More Stained Glass

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : York Minister Stained Glass 3

Even more Stained Glass

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : York Minister Altar

A picture of the altar area.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : York Minister Altar 2

Another picture of the altar area.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : York Minister Chapel

A picture of one of the side chapels at York Minister.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : York Minister Stained Glass 4

Even more Stained Glass

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : York Minister Stained Glass 5

Even more Stained Glass

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : York Minister Stained Glass 6

Even more Stained Glass

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Cardiff Castle

Our next stop after York was Cardiff, Wales (where we met up with Anne's brother who had been studying at Cardiff University). Cardiff has a couple of interesting places to see.

This is the front of Cardiff Castle, the main museum in downtown. The Romans built the original fort on this site, and the bricks you see along the bottom are part of the original Roman structure.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Cardiff Castle Front

The front of Cardiff Castle

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Cardiff Castle Entrance

The Entrance of Cardiff Castle

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Cardiff Castle from Keep

This is a picture of the 19th century castle and some of the courtyard as taken from the Normal Keep.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Cardiff Castle Clocktower

The Clocktower of the 19th Century Castle.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Cardiff Castle from the courtyard

This is a picture of the 19th century castle taken from the courtyard

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Cardiff Castle's Norman Keep

This was the Keep built by the Normans in the middle of the castle complex.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : View from Cardiff Castle Keep

This is a shot taken from the top of the Norman Keep tooking out towards a school grounds. I love this shot.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : View from Cardiff Castle Keep 2

Another picture from the top of the keep (not as nice as the previous one).

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : View from Cardiff Castle Keep 2

This is a shot from the keep, across the courtyard, toward the entrance. The low stonework stretching back is the remains of part of the original Ronam fort wall.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : St Fagan's (Museum of Welsh life)

The other big place to see in Cardiff is the Museum of Welsh life, a.k.a. ST. Fagans. This is a 100 acre complex where there have moved various historic buildings from other parts of Wales so you can see the history and architecture of the country all in one place. It is a wonderful museum (but allocate a whole day to see it).

This particular shot is of the small Celtic village they have on the site.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : St Fagan's, Celtic Village

I recall this was the chicken coop (raised above the ground to keep out predators).

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : St Fagan's, Celtic Village 2

A typical house

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : St Fagan's, Celtic Village 3

The dog-house.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : St Fagan's

Out of the Celtic Village now.

I think this was a communal oven. The fire was kept "downstairs", while the baked good were put "upstairs".

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : St Fagan's 2

I recall this was an animal pen/house. I forget what kind of animal was kept here.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : St Fagan's, cooper's house

This was a cooper's (barrel maker's) house.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : St Fagan's, cock fighting ring

A cock fighting ring

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : St Fagan's, barn

A barn.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : St Fagan's, tanner's house

A Tanner's (leather maker's) house.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : St Fagan's, tanner's house 2

Another view of the tanner's house. The pits you see are where the hide was soaked in tannin to turn it into leather.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : St Fagan's, farmhouse

A farmhouse

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : St Fagan's, Tudor farmhouse

Another farmhouse, this one in Tudor style.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : St Fagan's, mansion

This is a 19th century mansion which was still in the process of being re-built when we were there. Each of the building at St., Fagan's was found someplace else in Wales, cataloged, carefully disassembled, and reassembled as part of the museum.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : St Fagan's, main street

There's a collection of buildigs set up as a typical 19th century main street.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : St Fagan's, fruit tree

A fruit tree.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : St Fagan's, sheep

A large part of St. Fagans is a working farm with livestock.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : St Fagan's, castle grounds 1

The museum gets its name from St Fagan's Castle, a victorian manor house with beutiful gardens and grounds.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : St Fagan's, castle grounds 2

More of the castle grounds.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : St Fagan's, castle grounds 3

More of the castle grounds

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : St Fagan's, castle grounds 4

More of the castle grounds. I love this shot.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : St Fagan's, castle grounds 5

A statue on the grounds

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : St Fagan's, castle grounds 6

Flowers.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Welsh Country Side

After seeing the sites in Cardiff proper, we spent a day driving around Southern Wales. Here are some pictures of the Welsh country side. If you have ever seen the original cover art for "The Hobbit", this may look familiar.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Welsh Country Side 2

More pictures of the Welsh country side

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Welsh Country Side 3

Even More pictures of the Welsh country side

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Welsh Country Side 4

Even More pictures of the Welsh country side

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Brecon Beacons

The Brecon Beacons are a mountain range in southern Wales.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Brecon Beacons 2

A closer shot of the main peaks of Brecon Beacons.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Brecon Castle

The ruins of Brecon Castle. While we were taking these pictures, we heard a Welsh Choir practicing around the corner and went and listened for a while. For those who are unaware, the Welsh are famous for the male choirs (who used to practice while working in the mines). Every town has a choir and they compete for honors.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : The Big Pit

The Big Pit (located in Blaenafon, Wales) was the largest coal mine complex in Wales, and in now a museum where you can learn about coal mining.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Blaenafon

Blaenafon, Wales - home of the Big Pit - was also home to some of Anne's ancestors, so we drove around the town a bit. This is a typical old Welsh mining town.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Farm

The next stop on out trip was a farm, near Bristol England, owned by some friends of Anne's family, which we used as a base of operations for seeing some of the sites in Southwest England/Cornwall. We were actually rather surprised when we pulled out the map to find out way there that the farm was large enough to actually be shown on the map. It sure made it easy to find.

This is an overview of the farm buildings.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Old Farmhouse

The is the "old" farmhouse on our friend's farm. It has actually had many uses through history, including an Inn.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Back Garden

The Garden behind the new farmhouse

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : The Farm

From the buildings, the farm extended as far as you can see in every direction.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : The Farm

More of the Farm

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : The Farm

A horse, which if I recall correctly was gelded during our stay.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Wells Cathedral Close

While based on the farm, one of our stops was the village of Wells, and Wells cathedral.

This was the "Close" of Wells Cathedral - rowhouses built to house member of the choir and staff.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Wells Cathedral Close Rowhouse

One of the individual row houses in the close.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Wells, town square

The square in downtown Wells.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Wells

A random picture around Wells.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Back of Wells cathedral

The back part of the cathedral

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Wells cathedral Vicars' house

The Vicars' house for Wells cathedral

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Wells Cathedral exterior

Of all of the Cathedral's we have seen so far (and we have not done coventry yet), Wells Cathedral is my favorite.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Wells Cathedral exterior 2

Another picture of the exterior of Wells Cathedral

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Wells Cathedral exterior 3

Yet another picture of the exterior of Wells Cathedral

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Wells Cathedral exterior 4

Still another picture of the exterior of Wells Cathedral

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Wells Cathedral exterior 5

A shot of some of the architectural details on the exterior Wells Cathedral.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Wells Cathedral Clock

The clock on Wells Cathedral was installed around 1390 and is famous for keeping excellent time. This is also the original clock face.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Wells Cathedral Interior

Alas, this is the only "big picture" shot I have of the interior of Wells Cathedral. It gives you a feel for the place, although obviously no details.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Wells Cathedral ceiling

The ceiling of Wells Cathedral

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Wells Cathedral Cloisters

Looking down one of the Cloister hallways.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Wells Cathedral graves

The courtyard surrounded by the cloisters is used as a graveyard for key people related to the Cathedral.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Wells Cathedral Altar

One of the Altars within Wells Cathedral

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Wells Cathedral Stained Glass 1

And, as always, lots of pictures of stained glass.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Wells Cathedral Stained Glass 2

More stained glass

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Wells Cathedral Stained Glass 3

Yet more stained glass

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Wells Cathedral Stained Glass 4

Even more stained glass

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Wells Bishop's Castle

In addition to the Cathedral, there is a castle which was owned by the Bishop of Wells.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Wells Bishop's Castle 2

Another picture of the Bishop's Castle

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Wells Bishop's Castle 3

Some of the Bishop's Castle's grounds.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Wells Bishop's Castle 4

The Bishop's Castle was complete with moat.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Wells Bishop's Castle 4

Another view of the moat.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Bath, England

Our next stop (still based at the farm) was the city of Bath, with its Abbey and Roman Baths.

This is a view of the river that runs through the town.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Bath town square

A small square near the Baths and Abbey.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Bath Abbey and Roman Baths

This is a classic shot from Bath. On the bottom you can see part of the Roman Baths (below modern street level), and at the top is Bath Abbey.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : The Great Bath

This is the large bathing pool at the end of the sequence of pools (each a bit dirtier then the previous one).

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : The Great Bath 2

Another view of the Great Bath

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Roman Bath Terrace

The Terrace around the top of the Great Bath

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : The Great Bath 3

Another view of the Great Bath, from the opposite end from the previous pictures. In the previous shots I was standing roughly where the guy in the white shirt and camcorder is in this one.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Roman Statues

The statues on the terrace on top of the Great Bath.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Roman Statues 2

A close up of one of the busts.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Modern and Ancient

I liked the old Roman statues in front of the modern chimneys here.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : The Sacred Spring

This pool is where all of the water from the baths originally comes from.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : View across The Sacred Spring

I don't think the people (who are looking at another exhibit) were aware they were visible like this.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : The Sacred Spring 2

Another view of the Sacred Spring

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : The West Baths

This is one of the first pools filled from the Sacred Spring and therefore on the the cleanest. The "health club" (sauna, etc.) part of the complex was built off of this.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Bath Water

A shot of the water flowing through the system of channels, it is actually quite clean.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Excavations

This is part of the Roman "health club" which has been excavated

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Underfloor heating

The piles of stones here were used to hold up a raised floor. There was then a system to blow hot air under the floor to keep it warm for the patrons. Pretty fancy for 50 BC.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Bath Abbey, exterior 1

The front of Bath Abbey.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Bath Abbey, exterior 2

Another shot of the Abbey's exterior

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Bath Abbey, exterior 3

Another shot of the exterior. You can see the flying buttresses here.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Bath Abbey, Ceiling

Bath Abbey is recognized as one of the best examples of the technique known as "fan vaulting" (for obvious reasons)

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Bath Abbey, Ceiling 2

A olonger view of the ceiling, so you can see how thin the columns are the support the roof. The advantage of fan vaulting was that you could have much larger windows.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Bath Abbey, Ceiling 3

Some details on the ceiling.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Bath Abbey Windows

Many of the windows in the Abbey are clear (not stained), making it one of the brightest interiors of any of the ancient churches in the UK

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Bath Abbey Windows 2

More un-stained windows.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Bath Abbey Interior

A big picture view of the interior.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Bath Abbey pulpit

The quite ornate pulpit in the Abbey.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Bath Abbey Stained Glass

While many of the windows are clear, there is some stained glass.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Bath Abbey Stained Glass 2

more stained glass

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Bath Abbey Stained Glass 3

even more stained glass

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Bath Abbey Stained Glass 4

still more stained glass

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Southampton

Once we finally left the farm, we drove (on the left side) from Bristol to Southampton. Along the way we stopped at the Imperial Tank Museum; but that will be a different Album (although, perhaps, I should have included the picture of the "tank crossing" street sign here).

Southampton overall was a disappointment. We did see a couple of places; but nothing special. The building here is an old gate house.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Southampton Church Ruins

Some Ruins of church in Southampton.

I include this because it brings back memories of the only time I felt unsafe in this entire trip to the UK. I wandered into these ruins to take some more pictures. While I was looking for a shot, a group of people came in and started beating up one of their number - punching him, kicking him after he fell. The sense I got was that the poor gentleman owned them some money and they were extracting their pound of flesh. And there I was with a camera. Fortunately, they ignored me, and after they left I slipped out. Never did take any more pictures though.

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Mike

This is Anne's brother Mike playing with his GPS device (which he calibrated while standing on the prime meridian).

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UK1994-Part2-EnglandWales : Victoria

This is Victoria whose family owns the farm we stayed at

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