Exeter Guildhall 1

Saturday, March 11th, 2017 05:26 pm
debris4spike: (James - Discovery Channel)
This morning I went on a guided tour of Exeter Guildhall .  I had been in the building a few years ago, but this time I got to know both the history, and see behind the scenes.

1190 Richard I granted a charter placing the city under the rule of a Mayor, and the main section of the building was built in the early 1300's.

Looking at history )
debris4spike: (Queen)
50 - Someone who fascinates you and why?

No one in particular.  Although some of the great commanders of the centuries.  People like Nelson, Napolean, Sir Francis Drake, Winston Churchill, etc.  How did those men manage to gain the followings that they did ... and to be able to change and adapt as the conflicts progressed.

And all without Google!

51 - Who would you love to trade places with for a day and why?

The Queen's personal secretary/bodyguard.

To follow in Her Majesty's footsteps for a day.  To see her work, keep up to date, etc.

The list of 365 questions can be found here
debris4spike: (Queen)
For those who thought I had finished ... sorry, more London photos.

The last time I had been to Madame Tusauds was 1976, so not suprisingly things had changed.  However I did enjoy myself.  There were a few things that suprised me, the first being there were about 7 or 8 people who I had never heard of ... yes, a huge Bolleywood display.  Seemed slightly weird for a London museum.  The other thing that I was suprised was that of the chamber of horrors ... missing, although we had some sort of "whodunnit" talk.  Which seemed do false, but I suppose doing it every 5 mins must ve hard to keep exciting.

Anyway, I enjoyed it, especially the tour of the history of London, which was great, although not enough time to take it all in.

A few of the celebs )
debris4spike: (James - Exam time)
Day 19 → what you learned this year

One thing I did learn was that I could actually enjoy going to the gym. Sadly I was really beginning to notice an increase in strength when this bug hit, so haven't been this month ... hope to try to get there for a short time in the next couple of days, or at least have a swim.

I also did a couple of the FurureLearn courses, my favourite of which was about the start of the Quakers. That was certainly interesting, but as ever I forget some of the facts I enjoyed learning!
debris4spike: (Stonehenge)
On Saturday I went to the Britsh Museum to meet [livejournal.com profile] deborahw37 and to wander round the museum.  Like the other big museums there are some things you can see regularily and yet still see new things again.

Some of the many things I love about this museum is the stunning workmanship, both in the larger items, as well as the larger things.

Here are just a few images of some of the items in this amazing collection )

There are some more pictures here in case you are totally bored today
debris4spike: (Spitfire)
Day 04 → talk about television this year

I honestly don't think I have followed anything this year.  I often have the TV on in the background, often repeats of history programmes.

I do always watch Strictly Come Dancing ... so that has 2 more shows to go before we get a result.
debris4spike: (Amen!)
Last week I picked Jiffy up from the hairdressers and we picked Christine and went for a walk not far from where she lives in Newton Abbot.

As I copy, from Wikepedia, here is the information :-

Puritan's Pit (also known as Preacher's Pit, The Devil's Pit or Gruti's Pit) is a large steep-sided pit in the south side of the valley of the River Lemon in Bradley Woods, just west of the town of Newton Abbot in Devon, England. It is probably a collapsed limestone cavern and although it is about 12 metres deep and some 50 metres across at its widest, it is invisible from the river and the main path on the other side.

Puritan's Pit owes its notability to Willam Yeo, a Presbyterian clergyman who was installed as Rector of Wolborough in 1648 by Oliver Cromwell. Yeo was reportedly very assiduous in his duties and would walk around the town after Sunday service with a constable, to ensure that the sabbath was kept holy. After 14 years, however he was deprived of his living for refusing to acknowledge the post-Restoration Act of Uniformity.

In the years that followed, Yeo and his supporters met in Puritan's Pit by night to worship. At this time he was effectively an outlaw as can be seen from an order of sessions that was made in 1683 offering a reward of 40 shillings to anyone who apprehended a dissenting minister. The Act of Toleration 1689 brought this episode to a close, and Yeo's house was certified to be used as a place of worship.

Today the pit can be accessed via a steep path on the south side of the river. The bottom of the pit is covered with large limestone boulders and the remains of trees that have fallen in.
Well actually it's very overgrown now, but Christine said that many years ago they did do an inter-Church service there that she attended.

The Puritan Pit )

The rest of these pictures were taken on the walkthere and back )

Lest We Forget

Thursday, June 30th, 2016 08:46 pm
debris4spike: (WW1 Grave)
I will admit this post is very much "copy and paste" from a link that Tim sent me.  Our Grandfather was one of those thousands who, 100 years ago tomorrow, went over the top at the First Day Of The Battle Of The Somme.

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For on July 1, 1916, following a seven-day British bombardment, some 120,000 men clambered from their trenches and went ‘over the top’ — to be met by a hail of German machine-gun fire that mowed down half of them. With 20,000 dead and 40,000 wounded, it was the bloodiest single day in British military history.

Relaxing before the carnage: Heartbreaking photos of our troops on the eve of the Somme 100 years ago shortly before they went 'over the top' on the bloodiest single day in British military history. The weeks leading up to the bloodiest battle in British history were gentle, compared with the horror that followed.

Rolling countryside north of River Somme was home to more than a million British servicemen, mainly volunteers. Haunting photographs from 100 years ago show the men relaxing, released to mark the centenary of the WWI battle. But the lush, green, springtime lands would shortly be turned into a muddy moonscape by the horrifying conflict.


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A welcome rest: Exhausted soldiers of the 9th Rifle Brigade take a break — and a chance to have a smoke — in a field away from the front line. From left, Second Lieutenant Walter Elliott, who was killed on November 20, 1916, Second Lieutenant Roger Kirkpatrick, wounded (date unknown), Captain Herbert Garton, who was killed on September 15, 1916, Lieutenant Evelyn Southwell, killed on September 15, 1916, and Second Lieutenant Herman Kiek, wounded on April 27, 1918. Southwell told his mother in a letter he was so tired he fell asleep while marching

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A chance to wash: Officers of the 9th Rifle Brigade bathing in a stream behind the lines are (from left, excluding obscured faces): Captain Arthur Mckinstry — wounded, Second Lieutenant William Hesseltine, killed August 21, 1916, Captain William Purvis, wounded September 15, 1916, Second Lieutenant Joseph Buckley, killed December 23, 1917, Lieutenant Morris Heycock, wounded August 22, 1916, Captain Eric Parsons, killed September 15, 1916, Second Lieutenant Sidney Smith (in background) killed August 25, 1916, and Second Lieutenant Walter Elliott, killed November 20, 1916

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Knee-deep in mud: Wading through a trench on the Somme are Major Beauchamp Magrath (left) of the 8th East Lancashire Regiment, killed on June 2, 1916, and Captain Paul Hammond, right, who died on February 25, 1916. The other two soldiers are not identified.

As you can see here, the water and mud were horrific - Granddad was lucky to survive with both his legs.

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Captain William Johnson, of the 18th Manchester Regiment, was photographed by a friend on the afternoon of July 1, 1916, walking along a captured German trench. He was killed six hours later

For more photos and information, here is the full article

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them, or the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning
We will remember them.

As a PS - here are Grandma and Granddad on their wedding day in December 1920
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And this is their Golden Wedding Anniversary ... and yes, that's the rest of the family in 1970! (I was 9)
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Mum, Tim, Me (!), Grandma, Granddad, Nick, Dad
debris4spike: (James - totally fascinated)
Exeter has other historical heritage ... namely in 2 places on these set of photos.

The first is the Cathedral Square.  The buildings around the Cathedral are still used by clergy, and the Cathedral school - and show some lovely fifteenth - sixteenth century history.

Tudor life )

Another are of heritage that Exeter has is Georgian.  This is one of the main streets from that time, and are now mainly solicitors, accountants, etc.

And now the Georgians )
debris4spike: (England)
Well I am slowly uploading my pictures, it seems as if Photobucket will only do one at a time! Maybe it's the weather that's slowing my internet, or maybe it's just Photobucket!!!

So, Exeter is a city that was settled in the early Iron Age, and was really established by the Romans ... we are lucky that much of the wall still stands, even if not all of it is the original Roman.

The Roman's woz 'ere )
debris4spike: (Spike - Made in England)
Catch up on your European History -

debris4spike: (James - Discovery Channel)
However many times I go to London I inevitably find my way to the V&A, even if only for an hour ... just somewhere that I love.  I also try to go to another museum as well, and this time it was my favourite from childhood, the Science Museum.

As I was only at both for a shortish time there are only a few images, however I haven't posted them all, so if you want to see a few more, then click on any photo and it will take you to the Photobucket links.

The V & A )

The Science Museum )
debris4spike: (Queen)
Yesterday I posted some views of the buildings/walls of The Tower of London.

Here are a few of the items and sights in and around the buildings, including one of the many visitors -
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Lots to see )
debris4spike: (Spike - two faces)
I thought I had better split them up ... so going back to the last entry means more recent history. Now I go back from early Victorian life, to Roman

London through the ages They had made up some streets as they would have been )

The museum building )
debris4spike: (James - Discovery Channel)
Carrying on my yesterdays posts of my day in my own home "town", I wanted to show you how much, even in the midst of a modern city, the ancient remains with us.

Exeter was the furthest west the Romans settled, and it was a walled city in those days ... as it (mostly) is today.

In 1066 King Harold's mother lived here, and rebelled against the Normans, so King William conquered and built a castle here as well ... sadly much of that was destroyed with subsequent developement, but the gateway through the Roman wall "survives"

The Romans are still here )
debris4spike: (James with Halo!)
On my stroll around Exeter I went to one or two locations ... including the Cathedral (more about that later) ... I also walked around Cathedral Close, and enjoyed the wide variety of buildings ... the road behind was destroyed during WWII, so it is great to see so much of ancient Exeter has survived, for me to see, and share with you.

Cathedral Close )

Another place I saw was The Guild Hall ... it isn't always open, but today it was ... and I got to see the crest of the Guild of the School I attended

The Guild Hall )

More to come!
debris4spike: (Chocolate + Earth)
I don't personally believe in evolution ... however despite the implication on this video ... it is truly stunning.


Architecture Icons

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 08:16 pm
debris4spike: (James - Discovery Channel)
This set of icons was made for Round 11 of [livejournal.com profile] history20in20 ... with the theme being architecture, buildings and art.

Here are my 3 teasers -

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The full set is here. )


Historical Exeter

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 05:49 pm
debris4spike: (James - Discovery Channel)
Well I have had my knee x-rayed today, and the mammogram yesterday - so I shall probably glow in the dark (saves money fro electricity!)

When I went for the mammothingy I went to the edge of the city ... and while there took the oppertunity for a bit of a wander and an explore.

Exeter is a modern city, we have just had John Lewis build a new shop in the centre ... yet, we still have sections of Roman Wall  and some Medieval buildings ....

A potter round in the past )


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