All England Tour Pt I

All England Tour Pt I · 06. September 2019
I started this blog well over a year ago, and while I was on a trip to England I wrote quite a bit with the intention of posting it here. However, I was totally unable to figure out how to post on my blog while I was traveling. It took a year, but I finally figured it out. It may also have a lot to do with my new computer which seems to work much better. Anyways, I will be posting text and pictures from last year, in preparation of going back to England in a week!
All England Tour Pt I · 18. May 2018
Our last stop of the trip was at Stratford on Avon. We stayed at the Arden hotel in Stratford, and I really didn't take pictures of it. It was a perfectly nice, and modern hotel. Nothing I found of interest. But Stratford on Avon had many points of interest. We spent a lot of time at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Museum, which is where we had our classes and stitched. We also had tours of New Place, and Anne Hathaway's Cottage, and had a backstage tour of the Shakespeare Theater and saw...
All England Tour Pt I · 18. May 2018
The Fashion Museum is located in the Assembly Rooms in Bath. It was previously known as the Museum of Costume (since 1963), but was renamed Fashion Museum in 2007. It is an amazing museum with a huge collection of fashionable dress from the 16th Century to the present day. We were fortunate enough to have a private, behind the scenes tour and were able to inspect close-up extant pieces of embroidery. It was an amazing experience!
All England Tour Pt I · 18. May 2018
There has been a settlement at the location of Bath in the River Avon river valley since the Romans occupied it around 60 CE. Bath Abbey was established in the 7th century, and Bath became a religious center. The building was rebuilt in the 12th and 16th centuries, which is still standing today. In the 17th century claims were made that the hot springs that drew the Romans to the site had curative properties. Bath then became a popular spa town in the Georgian era, and many of the buildings...
All England Tour Pt I · 17. May 2018
Bath is a very beautiful little city, with amazing architecture. Like most of the cities in England! But Bath is special. The Roman baths drew many people to build homes close by, so there are many rows of townhomes. The hotel we stayed at, No. 15 Poulteney, is made up of three townhomes on the main street. It didn't have a lot of old architecture or décor, it was quite modern. But very quirky! It had collections of just "things" everywhere! In my room there was a collection of salt and pepper...
All England Tour Pt I · 17. May 2018
The Roman Baths are in Bath. Makes sense, since that's how Bath got its name!! The baths are an amazing feat of engineering and very ancient, having been built around 60-70 CE. The Romans found a hot spring at the location of Bath, and built a building and system of pipes to channel the water to the large pool. There were steam rooms off to the side. All that's left of the steam rooms at this point are piles of stone which held up the floor. Fire and coals went underneath the flooring to...
All England Tour Pt I · 17. May 2018
The American Museum in Bath is exactly what it sounds like...a museum containing many American artifacts. The building which contains the collection is different from the Elizabethan manor houses we have been visiting during our tour. It was built in 1820 for a barrister, John Vivian. It was later purchased by Dallas Pratt, heir to a substantial Standard Oil fortune, and John Judkyn, a British designer and antiques dealer. They both had an interest in collecting American antiquities, especially...
All England Tour Pt I · 16. May 2018
I have started the embroidery tour but thought I should talk about my stay in London. I have found for some reason I have been having trouble accessing my website and blog, so I’m catching up! I arrived on Friday and I must say I was terribly jet lagged. My plane left Atlanta Thursday evening about 6 PM and landed in London about 6:30 AM Friday morning (1:30 AM ET). I got NO sleep as there was not one, not two, but three babies that took turns screaming the entire flight! But I managed to...
All England Tour Pt I · 15. May 2018
Are you a fan of Poldark? Recognize this house? It wasn't used in filming the series, but was Winston Graham's inspiration for Trenwith in the books. Trenwith was actually filmed at Chavenage House in the Cotswolds, but bears a strong resemblance to Trenwith and Trerice. Trerice was originally built and owned by the Arundell's in the mid-14th Century (cousins of the "great Arundells' of Lanherne) . At that time it was probably not much larger than a farmhouse surrounded by a busy working farm....
All England Tour Pt I · 13. May 2018
Montacute House in Somerset was built in the late 1600's by Edward Phelips, on the land that had been in his family for centuries. He was a very successful lawyer, and later elected Member of Parliament. The house remained in the family for about 400 years, at which time it was leased to Lord Curzon when the Phelips family moved to London in 1915. He restored a good bit of the house, and totally redecorated the interior. When he died in 1929 the Phelips family decided to sell the house again,...

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