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St Crispin’s Hospital

St Crispins was a large psychiatric hospital on the outskirts of Duston village in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England.

It was established in 1876 as the Berrywood Asylum and closed in 1995. Its grounds and the surrounding area include a new psychiatric hospital, residential housing, a large self-contained retirement village, a primary school and a local centre of shops and offices. Continue reading

A trip to Dublin

A trip to Gorleston, Norfolk

Ain’t Nothin’ But Blues Bar

Just off Regent street, to the side of Liberty of London, is a street named ‘Kingly Street’ there is a Blues Bar called ‘Ain’t Nothin’ But Blues Bar’ There is live music every night, every night a different band, there is nothing like this anywhere else in London. Yes, there is live music, but NOT Blues, not like this. On my last visit (video below) the group playing is called ‘Dust me down Blues band’ Continue reading

A Visit to Stratford upon Avon

I always enjoy visiting Stratford upon Avon, it’s less than an hour from my home so I do go every now and then. It’s always a pleasure to walk around, there are always some street entertainers, all I need is a walk and a Coffee and I really enjoy my day.

Stratford upon Avon

This Opera singer broke out in to amazing voice just in front of a cafe’ he didn’t look prepared and certainly wasn’t dressed to entertain, but his voice was amazing!

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The Forth Bridge

On my journey south from John o’ Groats, I drove continually past Inverness,  then through the stunning Cairngorms National Park, past Perth and then on to Edinburgh. By the time I reached Edinburgh, it was almost dark, but as I crossed the Forth road bridge, I could not help staring at the Forth Rail Bridge, even though I had seen images of it, when I was crossing the Firth of Fourth, it was an amazing site. Continue reading

Loch Lomond to John o' Groats

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After passing through Glasgow, I headed north on the A82 towards Glencoe. I was actually in search of the location of that amazing shot in the movie Skyfall, but I was not to be blessed with good weather, it rained almost non stop from the minute I crossed the border. Continue reading

Anderton Boat Lift

Anderton Lift

The Anderton Boat Lift is a two caisson lift lock near the village of Anderton, Cheshire, in north-west England. It provides a 50-foot (15.2 m) vertical link between two navigable waterways: the River Weaver and the Trent and Mersey Canal. The structure is designated as a Scheduled Monument, and is included in the National Heritage List for England. Continue reading

Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian’s Wall (Latin: Vallum Aelium), also called the Roman Wall, begun in 122 AD in the reign of the emperor Hadrian. It ran from the banks of the River Tyne near the North Sea to the Solway Firth on the Irish Sea, and was the northern limit of the Roman Empire.

Hadrian's Wall

It had a stone base and a stone wall. There were milecastles with two turrets in between. There was a fort about every five Roman miles. From north to south, the wall comprised a ditch, wall, military way and vallum, another ditch with adjoining mounds. It is thought the milecastles were staffed with static garrisons, whereas the forts had fighting garrisons of infantry and cavalry. In addition to the wall’s defensive military role, its gates may have been customs posts. Continue reading

Ironbridge

Ironbridge is a village on the river Severn, that is a major part of the industrial revolution. It was here that advances in producing Iron by smelting with Coke began, a technique that allowed much purer and stronger Iron to be produced. Continue reading