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Tuesday 22nd August 1972 - Peterborough

After breakfast we took Mummy to the doctor because she had a sore throat. Then Daddy took the boys and me to see Norwich Castle. From the outside it looked really big and nice. Before we entered the castle we had to walk through the beautiful gardens and under an old bridge which could have been a drawbridge. Inside the castle was like a museum. There was a model of Peterborough in 1200 AD. The castle had a moat and the Cathedral didn't have its spire. The pathway that we walked on through the garden that went under the bridge could have been the moat. Inside was the castle well which is 110 feet deep. It was lit up and we could see the rocky walls right down to the bottom. Stephen dropped a penny and we could see the water below shimmering. There was a great big suit of armour which belonged to a German in the late 16th century. The castle was a Norman style because it had round arches. We saw 3 very old handwritten books. In the natural history area we saw tons of stuffed animals. In one glass case were lions and tigers that were ready to pounce with their mouths wide open. To make it more realistic they had the sound effects of the roars and growls. In another case was an enormous polar bear standing up to its full height with its foot upon a seal.

At a town called Swaffam, Mum and Dad went to a pub and bought us a coke and cake. Matthew and I looked around the shops. From the road we saw a church which we thought we would like to look at. It was called All Saints Church and was in Necromer. When we arrived in Peterborough we hunted around but couldn’t find accommodation so we had to stay in a place 8 miles out of Peterborough called Market Deeping. We stayed in the New Inn Hotel which was built in 1802. After we’d taken our stuff in we drove back to Peterborough to see the Cathedral. At the entrance of the Cathedral were 3 big arches. The ceiling is very big and is a painted ceiling. It was painted in the 13th century. Catherine of Aragon, queen of England and the first wife of King Henry VIII is buried in this church. She lived from 1509 to 1533. Some of the chapels we saw were St. Oswald, St. Benedict, St. Kynebergha and St. Kyneswitha. The church is a mixture of Norman and Gothic architecture. In one of the rooms it has fan vaulting which holds the walls together. It’s like a hand. The main stained-glass windows are not as big or as rich in colour as those at Norwich. Some of the smaller ones are quite colourful. The ceiling I do not like as much as Norwich as it is not as beautiful to me. Then we drove back to Market Deeping and went to look around the small town. On the old bridge we stood and looked at the sluggish river below. The dining room at the inn is really beautiful. At one end of the room is a giant fireplace and all antique pots above it. On one of the walls were old keys. It was really quaint. Then we went to bed.

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