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England Day Three

Here I got pictures ready a while back and then didn’t get busy and get the next day posted. I know I need to be better, but after being on the computer all day at work and getting home and catching up on messages at home I think I get burned out. I did finally get some fabric posted on my etsy shop and have more ready to take pictures of and get posted. My weekend tends to get full when my son brings his 2 year old in for me to watch. She takes precedence and can be very demanding when she thinks grandpa and grandma should do for her now.

Now for day three in England

Our plans started out to visit the university at Cambridge and check out the city itself. When we got there they were having a bike race and the town was packed so we decided to bypass Cambridge until the next day. We did go to the American Cemetery in Cambridge. It is a beautiful cemetery that does a great job of honoring our service men. It includes a wall of names of men missing in action. Those names of soldiers that have later had their remains found have rosettes by their names. The guide there was very enthusiastic about showing us around and explaining things about the cemetery. He was disappointed that most people hop off the bus and look around for a few minutes until the next bus without really finding out about the cemetery. He thoroughly enjoyed his job and was thrilled that we took time to have him tell us about the cemetery. He told us stories of a few of the missing men including Glen Miller and Joseph Kennedy Jr (John F Kennedy’s older brother).

Grave sites at the American Cemetery

Memorial at the American Cemetery

Inside the Memorial

Reflecting pools and the Memorial wall of the missing.

After the cemetery we headed on over to Swaffham Bulbeck. The town is about 8 miles outside of Cambridge and wouldn’t be on most tourist stops, but the town had meaning for us. Mom’s relatives came from there. We visited the church were her Great Grandfather was a choir boy. After a lot of looking and most of us missing it because the marker was worn, we found the grave marker for two of his brothers. The church is St Mary’s Church and was built 800 years ago. It is need of repair as age is causing some structure fatigue, but is still in use.

St Mary’s Church

Inside of St Mary’s Church

Black Horse Inn

The Black Horse Inn in Swaffham Bulbeck was establishied in 1765 and was a good place for lunch. That’s my Mom in front of the Inn and John and Bob walking up to the Inn. Perhaps we had relatives that frequented the pub.

From Swaffham Bulbeck we headed towards the town were we would stay the night. Along the way we stopped at Lavenham hopefully to look at some of the shops, but it was late and mostly they were closed. Here we saw a monument dating 1501 and the oldest guild hall in England. Lavenham is one of the most well preserved medieval villages in England. The Guild Hall was built around 1530. There is a house is Lavenham thought to be the inspiration to the rhyme There was a Crooked Man.

The Guild Hall of Corpus Christi

Monument erected in 1501

Look down the street and you can see the crooked house

Some of the local architecture in Lavenham

After Lavenham we headed to Linton to our B&B. The Springfield House was a very nice B&B with some beautiful gardens. The owners were a married English woman and an American man. They welcomed us to their home and suggested a pub for us to eat for the night. We enjoyed the gardens and relaxed for the night.

Springfield House

The edge of a thatched roof in Linton

Thatched roofs are seen across England and my understanding is if you have a thatched roof it must remain that way. Different artisans have different ways to finish off the design of the roof.

This ends our third day. Hopefully I’ll get the next post up soon.

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