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A Picture Album of the British Isles from our Trip - September 2002 Section V

 

I spent about 45 minutes roaming through the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey. Then on to Bath where we had lunch and 3 hours to spend before crossing the Severn into Wales and our hotel in Cardiff. Cardiff Castle was a real treat!

 

The magnificence and immensity of the Abbey is not diminished by the fact that it is in ruins. The soldiers of Henry VIII sacked it in 1539, and the population used the stone to build their own houses.

 

It was very peaceful and quiet within the walls surrounding the Abbey and its parkland. The grounds cover 36 acres.

 

The East End of the Abbey. The sign and its message are below.

 

King Arthur and Queen Guinevere's tomb. See transcription below.

SITE OF KING ARTHUR'S TOMB

IN THE YEAR 1191 THE BODIES OF KING ARTHUR AND HIS QUEEN WERE SAID TO HAVE BEEN FOUND ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE LADY CHAPEL. ON 10TH APRIL 1278 THEIR REMAINS WERE REMOVED IN THE PRESENCE OF KING EDWARD I AND QUEEN ELEANOR TO A BLACK MARBLE TOMB ON THIS SITE. THE TOMB SURVIVED UNTIL THE DISSOLUTION OF THE ABBEY IN 1539

 

Lady Chapel, south side. It is in front of main entrance of the Abbey

 

Here one can get the sense of the length of the Abbey - 580 feet. By comparison, Westminster is 554 feet long. Picture taken from Lady Chapel.

 

The Abbots Kitchen was not damaged. It was used later as a meeting house for Quakers

 

From Glastonbury we went on to Bath where we stayed for 3 hours. On a short bus tour we saw the Royal Crescent, built between 1767 and 1774 as housing for the wealthy. Now a luxury hotel.

 

The Bath Abbey with Jacob's Ladders and angels ascending and descending.

 

This one fooled me. I heard someone behind me gasp, and looked around and the "statue" was moving! A living statue!

 

The Pulteney Bridge. The street on it has shops on both sides, disguising the fact at street level that it is a bridge.

 

The Pulteney Weir on the Avon River at Bath

 

The Norman Castle and Keep within the grounds of Cardiff castle, Wales. Note the back gate on the right.

 

Bruce Penbarthy & his father Arthur coming down from the Keep.

 

Looking into the Norman Castle from the Keep. Back gates of Cardiff Castle

 

The clock tower of Cardiff Castle built latter part of 19th century.

 

The living quarters of Cardiff Castle.

 

Internet photo: smoking room in Cardiff Castle

 

Harbour at Tenby, Wales

 

The main harbour at Tenby. Note the Life-boat station.

 

Our last view of Wales as we crossed to Ireland.

 

An Internet picture of the ferry Isle of Inishmore

 

We crossed to Rosslare, Ireland on the Isle of Inishmore, a trip of 4 hours, arriving in Ireland at 7:00 PM. Drove directly to our hotel at Tramore, getting there at 8:20. Called home to NB after supper. That call cost $9.74 Cdn for 12 minutes. Not too bad! You can see our Irish pictures if you click here.

 

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