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.
Rhuddlan Castle North Wales was built as part of the ‘iron ring’ of castles by King Edward I, during his late 13th century campaigns against the Welsh.
Flint Castle about 20 miles away as the crow fly’s was also built around the same time.
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.
According to legend, St Winefride’s Well first erupted at the spot where her would-be rapist Caradog cut off her head with his sword. Restored to life by the prayers of her uncle St Beuno, Winefride lived as a nun until her second death some 22 years later. Whatever the reality of the legend, Winefride was real rather than a legend,a 7th-century Welsh woman who was venerated as a saint. Her well at Holywell Flintshire (CH8 7PN) Wales has been a place of pilgrimage and healing (the only such place in Britain with a continuous history of public pilgrimage for over 13 centuries.) The Shrine today is a 2 storey late Gothic building erected in the 16th century.
Port Sunlight War Memorial stands in the most prominent position in the middle of the village, at the intersection of its broadest avenues, The Causeway and The Diamond. It is made in granite, with sculptures and reliefs in bronze. At the centre is a runic cross. This is one of the most impressive War Memorials I have seen outside a major city in the UK.
It has a grade 1 lisiting.
Built by Lever Brothers (now part of Unilever) Port Sunlight was named after the firms most popular brand of cleaning agent / soap The village started to be built in 1888 to accommodate workers from the soap factory . Port Sunlight contains 900 Grade 2 listed buildings and has been a conservation area since 1978
Looking across the Mersey from Birkinhead at the Liverpool skyline. No picture blog is complete wihtout including the Liver Building or the ferry across the Mersey.
Well we decided to stop off at Crosby beach to see Antony Gormley’s iron men looking out to sea. Our 3rd visit to this Beach & to this surreal art work but all 100 iron men were under water as the tide was in!
A link to an old blog
As the next hour passed the men started showing their bodies.
While waiting for the tide to drop we fed the birds!
Eric Bartholomew, known by his stage name Eric Morecambe, was an English comedian who together with Ernie Wise formed the award-winning double act Morecambe and Wise. The partnership lasted from 1941 until Morecambe’s death in 1984. Unveiled by the Queen in 1999, the slightly larger than life Eric poses with a pair of binoculars around his neck (he was a keen bird watcher). The statue is set against the backdrop of Morecambe Bay and the Lake District
The Ashton Memorial in Williamson Park, Lancaster, Lancashire, built between 1907 and 1909 by millionaire industrialist Lord Ashton in memory of his second wife, Jessy, at a cost of over £80,000. Have seen this folly many times from the M6 popping up through the trees and decided it was time to take a closer look.
Lancaster also has a memorial to Queen Victoria which was also rather grand.