08/31/14 Plymouth, England
Visiting Plymouth, England
On a holiday weekend trip to Plymouth, we enjoyed a beautiful drive through Dartmoor National Park in Devon.
We saw the wild ponies roaming Dartmoor National Park, but we were not able to get a good picture of them, so we are sharing this one from a website promoting travel in Devon.
Some of the roads in Dartmoor were for 2-way traffic, but they were only as wide as a single vehicle, so there were bulges in the road every ¼ mile, so traffic from the other direction could pass.
Sir Francis Drake . . . Remember him from 5th grade history? He was born at Tavistock (where this statue stands) around 1540. He became a prominent figure of his age, mayor of Plymouth, member of parliament, a champion of Queen Elizabeth, the first Englishman to circumnavigate the world and one of the English commanders in the famously decisive victory against the Spanish Armada in 1588.
Buckland Abbey is a 700-year-old house near Yelverton, Devon, England, which was owned by Sir Richard Grenville the Younger and later by Sir Francis Drake. There is a museum to Drake inside the house.
On the day we visited Buckland Abbey, there were many demonstrations of medieval lifestyle.
London was not the only city that suffered during the Blitz. One of the primary targets for the Luftwaffe was the major naval base at Devonport, Plymouth. The city was heavily bombed and suffered extensive damage with many casualties.
Charles Church, Plymouth, which was built in 1641, consecrated in 1665, and completed in 1708, was named in honor of King Charles I. Sadly, it was ruined by enemy action on March 21, 1941. It was partially restored in 1952 as a memorial to those citizens of Plymouth who were killed in air raids on the city in WW II. It is a sobering reminder of war, standing in the middle of a busy round-about.
We attended Sunday morning worship at Plymouth’s oldest church, St. Andrews, which existed at least as early as the beginning of the 12th century.
In March 1941, St Andrew's Parish Church was bombed and badly damaged. Amidst the smoking ruins someone nailed over the door a wooden sign saying simply Resurgam (Latin for “I shall rise again”), reflecting the Christian hope of new life for all who trust in Christ and also indicating the wartime spirit, a gesture repeated at other devastated European churches. That entrance to St Andrew's Church is still referred to as the "Resurgam" door, and a carved granite plaque is now permanently fixed there. This section of the church has pictures and historical information from the war years.
St. Andrew’s Church uses an old naval rum barrel for collection of money.
Of course, a main reason to visit Plymouth was to see where the Pilgrims departed! These steps are called Pilgrim Steps because here is where they boarded the Mayflower.
Pilgrims Point, above the Mayflower Steps; Plymouth, England
Wow! Suzanna found the names of her parents – John Tilley and Elizabeth Tilley on the Mayflower passenger list!
Plymouth Lighthouse, built in 1759
A trip to SW England would not be complete without eating a Cornish pasty! Delicious! Yes, it is a pasty, not pastry, and is traditionally filled with beef, sliced or diced potato, swede (yellow turnip or rutabaga) and onion, seasoned with salt and pepper, and is baked. It dates back to the 1300s. In the 18th century, miners and farm workers took this portable and easy to eat convenience food with them to work. Today there are many varieties of this popular food.
We found a 500 year old merchant’s home in Plymouth. The front door is only about 5’ high, so the people must have been shorter than today.
Richard at a cannon near Plymouth harbor
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, an English poet, literary critic and philosopher was born October 21, 1772 in Ottery St Mary (Devonshire). His father was vicar of this church which contains several tributes to Samuel and the Coleridge family.
Back home in Reigate, England
Again this year we have enjoyed lots of blackberries!
Annual BBQ at our apartment complex; we are blessed to have wonderful neighbors!
Toilets or Loos in UK
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