Finally we are rid of the impossible showers at the Grange Hotel. This morning we had our bags out by 6:30 AM and by 8:30 AM we were heading north on the A1 to Cambridge and York. It looks like good weather as we head out.
Cambridge is on the river Cam, and of course the city is named after a bridge
over the river. Also there was a fjord where oxen used to cross, and of course, that is where Oxford got its name. During World War II Oxford was the town where thousands of children were sent From London to safety. Surprisingly, it only received city status in 1951.
Over 90 Nobel laureates have come from Cambridge, more than any other university in the world. It’s the second oldest university in the English-speaking world, and seventh overall. It’s got its charter from Henry III. Henry VIII, as he dissolved the churches in his dispute with them, he also refocused Cambridge towards Science, the Classics, and Mathematics, and away from religion.
As we drove along the rain began. We passed the town of Stamford, where in 1837 Queen Victoria stopped the running of the bulls.
Our first site in Cambridge was the Mathematical Bridge, which is supposed to
be remarkable because it is curved and built out of straight lumber. It didn’t look so remarkable to me but I did think it was beautiful.
Once in Cambridge University we found several colleges of the University: Kings College, Queens College, and Trinity College among others. Also we saw the Round Church.
As I was running to get a good camera shot of our party, I fell flat on my face in the middle of the street. I wasn’t hurting much, and my main concern was the condition of my glasses, and when I could not find them I thought they must of been smashed beyond recognition. However, it turned out there were safely on my nose all the time. The total medical aid required was a bandage on the tip of my left index finger for which I was very grateful. I was impressed by the concern that the others in our group expressed. I am okay. We then headed towards York as the weather cleared.
Geoff explained the several orders of religious structures. A Basilica is the top classification and is designated by the Pope, because of some particular religious significance. The next is the Cathedral, where a bishop or archbishop sits. It has a Cathedra, or throne for that purpose, hence the name. A Church is simply were the people go to worship.
Our driver’s Tom-Tom navigator informed him that our planned luncheon dining
spot was not available for some reason, so we went to the Little Chef, which, true to its name, was not really set up for bus-sized crowds, but we managed, and the chili that I ordered was rather good.
We passed Nottingham and saw Sherwood Forest on the left. The weather, which had turned rainy for a while, now became sunny again.
We passed Doncaster which, like many cities, had been a Viking city at one time, then Roman. It was defensible because it was built on marshy ground which hindered invaders. For some reason Doncaster never industrialized like many other cities, and instead developed a chocolate (Rowntree) industry.
After about an hour’s drive the weather became clear again, and we arrived in York, driving through some picturesque suburbs. We saw York Minster which is the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe. To protect it during World War II all of the stained glass had been removed and stored safely until the war was over.
Sunny again, but incredible winds swirled around us most of the time. The other main attraction we saw was Shambles, a street where all the butchers worked in the past, and where they threw their trimmings in the streets, a situation which gave the street its name. Some of our party went to the Railroad Museum which is the largest in the world, I understand. They had a whole locomotive sliced down the middle so you could see what was inside.
We headed a short distance back to the Marriott where we will be staying for one night. There had just been a wedding at the