The Great Roman Bath at Bath where we saw
this head which probably decorated the tomb of a wealthy lady. Her hairstyle was fashionable in Rome in the later 1st century AD.
The Sacred Spring where over 15,000 gallons of hot water rise from the ground every day. This was a place of religious contemplation for the Roman's of Aquae Sulis.
The overflow water heading off to the Roman drains and then the river Avon. Still working exactly as the Roman's intended over 2000 years later. The mineral build up is iron oxide.
Lastly, one of the major archaelogy finds from Roman Britain - the bronze and gold head of the Goddess Minerva.
Finally we took the waters - just like Jane Austen did!!!
A visit to a 4000 year old Neolithic Tomb (Hetty Pegler's Tump). H following granddaughter inside.
|Granddaughter thought it really cool!!!|
Just down the road, lovely views to Wales, and another, but roofless tomb (Nymsfield long barrow)
Time for lunch in our favourite little restaurant.
Next stop, a village fete with a difference.
Whittington Court - an Elizabethan manor house - completed in 1592 in anticipation of Queen Elizabeth 1's visit to the house en route to Sudeley castle.
The unique thing about the fete is that many of the country's top Private Presses congregate in the grounds of the house to show off their limited edition, hand printed, hand bound books, prints and paper. A mecca for collectors. Our granddaughter was particularly interested because her father and uncle have a book coming out from one of the private presses, very soon, we hope. Our two sons have worked together to produce a book of poetry (eldest son) with linocut illustrations (youngest son).
Oxford University - Keble College- Designed by the eminent Victorian architect William Butterfield - Butterfield claimed that he had a mission to give dignity to brick.
Our granddaughter gave us a guided tour of the college; we saw where her room was, the chapel, the library, and the dining hall.
The chapel shows Butterfield's ability to rework the Gothic into his own formula, especially in the treatment of wall surfaces. The interior is decorated with colourful tiles, mosaics, brickwork and stained glass.
|The Light of the World|
In the side chapel is the famous Pre-Raphaelite painting by William Holman Hunt. This is the original painting that he exhibited at the Royal Academy, London.
|The Dining Hall|
After a picnic lunch in the quadrangle we went across the road to the wonderful Pitt Rivers Museum - a little gem belonging to the University.