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Thursday 31st August 1972 - Cheddar

Today we were going to Salisbury and on our way we went to Cheddar, famous for its cheese and also for its caves. There were many caves, but we visited Gough's Cave. The first beautiful thing we saw were the Fonts. It was rather like a rapid. It was a lovely green colour and if you looked up we could see right up a high hole which was blue, green and white. The next sight was the Swiss Village and it was really beautiful. When looking in the reflection of the still water we could see the high hills above the little village which had a cathedral and a castle Next we went into Aladdin’s Cave. The stalactites are reflected in an artificial pool. Some stalactites were beautiful colours of orange, red and yellow. It was very pretty.

The first chamber we saw was St. Paul’s. It is like St. Paul’s Cathedral with a dome shaped roof. One wall is completely covered by a vast cascade of multi-coloured stalagmites. I touched it and it was kind of waxy and wet. The last chamber was really magnificent. It is called King Solomon’s Temple. High up is a cavern decorated with large stalagmites (a Pillar of the temple), stalactites (the Archangel’s wing) and multiple pillars (organ pipes). The largest stalactite is 20 feet tall. Down on ground level is the frozen river and Niagara Falls. The frozen river looks just like a real one in winter. It goes down a little rapid and has stones and rocks in it. The Niagara Falls in winter look very real as you can see as if the water was running and suddenly froze. Also in King Solomon’s Temple is the black cat with a bow around its back. This is a shadow cast on the wall but really looks like it.

Cheddar is also famous for its gorge. It split’s the Mendip Hills from top to bottom and has cliffs up to 400 ft. high. We then climbed Jacob’s Ladder which is 322 steps. By the time we had reached the top we were exhausted. We then climbed a tower and had a beautiful view over the country. It was a really enjoyable morning.

We drove to Glastonbury and Matthew and I went to see the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey. It was slightly bigger than Wells Cathedral before it was ruined. In the great hall is an altar and also a well. The south west corner of the Abbot’s Great Hall is XIV century. The Abbot’s Kitchen is a building which is not in ruins at all. It is a XIV century building and now has old carved faces and other ruined objects which used to belong to the Abbey. Everywhere I went had these cement foundations. I also saw King Arthur’s Tomb. The site of the Chapter House was also in ruins. In the South Transept at the south end was the clock and bell tower which was given to the Abbey by Abbot Adam. Also this was in ruins. The Abbey was really interesting but we couldn’t see it all as we were in a rush.

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in United Kingdom

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