The ruins of Llanthony Priory are situated deep in the Vale of Ewyas, close to the Black Mountains. These remains are all that remain of one of the greatest buildings of medieval Wales. By 1108 a small church had been built and a group of Augustinian monks had established a community.
The priory flourished but nothing remains of the original buildings today as attacks forced the monks to retreat to Hereford and Gloucester. The original buildings were destroyed.
On Hadrian’s Wall at Heavenfield is the small church of St Oswald it is believed to be built at the site where King Oswald raised a large wooden cross & called his troops to pray before the Battle of Heavenfield in AD 633. The battle re-established Celtic Christianity in the Kingdom of Northumbria. The Church for centuries & today is a place of pilgrimage and a part of St Cuthbert’s Way.
Last stop tonight near Abergavenny and we head home in the morning. 2 weeks on the road up the East Coast of England across Hadrian’s Wall and down the West Coast.
An extensive red sand stone Abbey set in a valley just outside the town of Burrow in Furness. This extensive Abbey was the 2nd richest Cistercian monastery in England in 1530’s at the dissolution.
Drigg Beach Cumbria a isolated coastal spot near Seascale and MOD Eskmeal test firing range but worth a beach walk
Safe if you don’t touch
I think these are observation bunkers for the firing range rather than defensive pill boxes
Sellafield in the UK is a nuclear fuel-reprocessing site over looking the village of Seascale on the Irish Sea coast of Cumbria. Sellafield incorporates the original nuclear reactor plant of Windscale, which is now undergoing decommissioning and dismantling, as is Calder Hall, a neighbour of Windscale, which is also undergoing dismantling of its 4 nuclear reactors.
The Windscale fire of 1957 was the UK’s worst nuclear incident, a fire broke out in unit 1 of the 2 pile facility (the facility was a part of Britain’s atomic bomb project. The fire burnt for 3 days and there was a release of radioactive materials.
BEACH HOUSES NEAR THE PLANT
UNKNOWN TOWER NEAR SEASCALE
Spent most of the day on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway. We “Let the train take the strain” The trip is 40 minutes each way and at each end the loco is turned around on a small turntable.
Augustinian Lanercost Priory best-preserved of Cumbrian monasteries. The east end of the noble 13th-century church survives to its full height. Some fine arches and tombs are to be seen at this site. Childhood mortality is recorded in a child’s tomb which is very moving to view.