Daily Archives: March 4, 2016

moody, moors & magnificent Minster

DSC_0147We went over to the east coast to look at stone paving for the garden.  The topography of the moors is so different from our part of the world.  Miles of bleak moorland – the wind must howl across the landscape.  We have some upland heath but not as wide-ranging as these North Yorkshire Moors.

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We had to abandon our first attempt to cross to the coast as the snow came down.  We consoled ourselves with brunch at the very excellent Bettys in York and toured the beautiful Minster, managing to scale to the top of the Central Tower, (though our legs were a bit wobbly by the end).

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The carving is spectacular and it is good to see that stonemasons are still hard at work making replacement pieces.  The Quire screen is a brilliant test of one’s knowledge of the English kings from William the Conqueror to Henry VI.

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The Undercroft has a very good museum which not only tells about the extensive work needed to prevent the Central Tower from collapsing but also has a fascinating timeline of the location’s history from the Roman barracks to the present.  It is well worth a visit.

We rounded off our day with dinner at Bennett’s.  Perfect.

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