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Driving around England - Cambridge

Saturday 19th August 1972 - Cambridge

At 12.00 Daddy came to Watford to pick us up in the Ford Escort we rented. It's red and really comfortable. We are driving to Cambridge where we are going to spend the night. On the way we stopped at St. Albans and walked through the market. We bought Cornish Pasties for lunch. We ate them on a church green. All along the way we saw tons of old houses with thatched roofs. They’re really nice. The countryside is so green and the farmers are all harvesting the hay for the animals for winter. There is hay in bales still in the fields and in big sheds. On the way we drove through a small town called Puckeridge. Its buildings were old and were right on the street and overhanging it. A queer name of a town that we passed through is Ware. A farm we passed had all its animals out loose in the fields. Cambridge is beautiful, has narrow streets and lots of old buildings and churches. We drove around looking for a place to stay for the night. We had given up for a while and were going to walk around the town when I saw a sign "bed and breakfast" We enquired and found we could stay. Mummy and Daddy had room 1 and the boys and I had room 4 which is lovely and airy and spacious.

We noticed that in England there are 3-wheeled cars. As we were walking to the centre of the town we saw that there were lots of churches. On church in particular, called the Round Church. It was built by the Normans. Daddy said the difference is the shape of the arches and windows. The Norman style has a window or arch that doesn’t end in a point and the Gothic style does. The church is really old and ancient. On the ceiling the ribs went down and ended in old carved faces. We were crossing a street and I just got missed by a car as I ran across a street. On the river Cam which is small and the buildings are right up on the river front, punts and canoes can be rented. On an old building that we saw it had water pipes coming up from the ground and on the end of it a lion with its mouth open. There were about 3 of them. If the pipe gets too full it flows through the lion’s mouth and pours on the street below. There was a church called Great St. Mary’s where you could walk up narrow winding steps until you got to the tower and we could see a view of Cambridge. As we walked up the old stairs I could imagine monks doing it centuries ago. On the way up we passed the bells and there were about 7 huge ones. Cambridge is famous for its university. We visited Kings College Chapel. It is absolutely beautiful. It has huge stained windows and the most magnificent ceiling. It is still lit by candles. We went out for dinner and went back to the person’s home where we were staying.

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in United Kingdom

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