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Saturday 26th August 1972 - Shrewsbury

We were rather sad to leave Macclesfield and the McQuades. It is recall great travelling around and England is really beautiful. We stopped at a town south of Macclesfield called Nantwich which is a market town. We looked around the market and Mummy bought original farmhouse bread and butter and some Cheddar and Cheshire cheese which we were going to have for lunch. Nantwich was a cute little town and had some old buildings. In a small village Mum and Dad went to a pub while we stayed in the car. To get to the pub we passed through the village which was really quaint. There were great big houses with the most beautiful garden you could ever think of and great big green rolling lawns. They were really beautiful. Just on the outskirts of the village we ate a lunch of the stuff we bought at the market. Everyone loved it but me!!

When we arrived in Shrewsbury we looked for accommodation and we found we could stay in the Linden Hotel. Then we went into the town centre to shop and look around. On the way we stopped and looked at the Abbey church. The Abbey has been a resting place for the dead and has been holy ground for over 1000 years. The Abbey was founded in 1083. In 1806 a road was made and cut out half of the church. The font is a big bowl-like thing and a kind of hat on top of it. It was really decorated. In the church were arches. Three of them were Norman and two were Gothic. Where they met we could see the change in stone. There was a pair of figures made out of stone in the 14th century. There was only one chapel called the Lady Chapel. It was very plain but at the same time beautiful. It was very nice. After looking around the church we went into the town to look around. I'm looking for a dress and Daddy for a fox head. Shrewsbury has many old buildings. The kind I like the most are white bricked houses with black timber through them. They are everywhere and are really pretty. Shrewsbury is on the Severn which is quite wide. In the town is Shrewsbury Castle. From the outside it looks really exciting! The castle and grounds are on a site which was once occupied by early Britons. Inside it has two buildings, a tower and a building. The building just has bare closed off rooms. In one room was a stag’s head. To get to the tower we climbed a winding path through gardens to the top. The tower is called Laura’s Tower and is just a round bare room closed off. At the bottom was a water pump. It was a semi-basin in the ground with a little spout poking out. At the back was an old crank and if you cranked it water poured out of the spout. For tea we had fish and chips, peanuts and cordial in our rooms. Yum!

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