Monthly Archives: January 2015

Discovering Albion – day 4: An Irish saint in Lancashire

We climbed up the ruins of St Patrick’s Chapel, built in the 8th or 9th century. Legend has it that it commemorates the landing of St Patrick of Ireland and although it was constructed many years after his death, it … Continue reading

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Discovering Albion – day 4: Off the motorway…

We’d done well so far. We deserve some credit for that. For once we hadn’t deviated from our original…if somewhat vague… plans. It was never going to last, of course. Like all good stories, we’d decided on a beginning a … Continue reading

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Discovering Albion – day 4: Saxon crosses

There is a saying that ‘mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the noonday sun’. It was barely daylight, there was no sun, only a thin, white blanket over the world. But our sanity with this trip had already been … Continue reading

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The mole…

I’m pumped up on steroids and antibiotics, At least, just for once they don’t think I’m neurotic, But do we have answers? Oh no, we do not, They haven’t the foggiest clue what I’ve got. My blood pressure’s fine, they … Continue reading

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Discovering Albion – day 3: No room at the inn

For some strange reason we had thought it would be a good idea to leave Wales and head for our next destination. Wales is a very beautiful place and one I love, but technically, we weren’t really supposed to be … Continue reading

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Discovering Albion – day 3: Welsh border raid…

It was, when I think about it, one of our ‘raids’; one of those rapid incursions which usually happen we visit somewhere an event is about to start. Like the wedding we almost gatecrashed, although we were to be fair, … Continue reading

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Discovering Albion – Day 3: Mud and earthworks

We left Chester in search of lunch… oh yes, that had only been the morning, but what a morning! A wonderful start to our holiday research trip and in perfect weather too, which was a bit of a relief. I … Continue reading

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Discovering Albion – Day 3: The art of faith

We were still in the cathedral, marvelling at both the tangible history and the artistry… far too much to show or to even take in. Everywhere you look, every surface from floor to ceiling bears the evidence of care and … Continue reading

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Discovering Albion- Day 3: Climbing the tower

We decided to climb the tower of Chester Cathedral. The 216 steps to the top allow you through narrow passageways that have been closed to the public for a thousand years. We climbed the spiral staircase where hanks of black … Continue reading

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Discovering Albion- Day 3: Chester Cathedral

We should have known, of course, right from the first. It was there, written in flowers and earth… but although we saw, we didn’t see. How could we? Such signs and portents seldom become clear until after the fact and … Continue reading

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