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  • Day11

    To the Workhouse

    August 11, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    It was time to head South.
    So much to see, so little time.

    As soon as we saw there was a Workhouse to be see how could you miss it.

    Last night was spent in a very pleasant country pub, The Owl, in a small town country town called Hambelton.
    It was a real community centre and by the looks of some of the community they had been since youth.

    The Workhouse was built in 1832 to hold 158 paupers and I’m not going to bore you with all the details (that’s Google’s job) but I will tell you that one of the classifications was “Able Bodied Idle and Profligate “.
    Those of you who know where you fit need no further details.
    The basis of the Workhouse sounds rather like the conservatives idea of welfare.... those who were poor were so because of the own fault and any relief should be as minimal, low cost to the wealth and as nasty as possible. All things are new again.

    Was a great place though.
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  • Day40

    Sherwood Forest, England

    September 28, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    We visited Rufford Abbey, Rufford a Cistercian Monastery from around 1160. The Abbey was converted to a country house for the Earl of Shrewsbury around 1536. Today it is managed through the Shire Council. We enjoyed a walk around the lake before heading to Sherwood Forest. Sherwood Forest is where the legend Robin Hood is said to have lived. We walked through the forest to look at the Major Oak (named after Major Hayman Rooke, the man who wrote about the tree). This oak tree is supposed to be the tree where Robin Hood and his merry men met. Irrespective of the legend the tree is estimated to be 1150 years old, weighs 23 ton and measures 10 metres around its girth. A beautiful tree. We then went onto Nottingham hoping to wander around the city centre but parking was problematic with us going up bus only streets and then have a tram come towards us. Thought it was time to give it a miss, it definitely wasn't a quaint small village.Read more

  • Day45

    Barlow to Nottingham

    June 11, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 10 °C

    Up and off to nottingham, it is raining so much today that we have to choose things to do that are out of the rain. We first went to the Justice Musuem which was really interesting, and they showed re-enactments of the court system from the 1700s which was very funny. We then went to the sandstone caves underneath the city, they are man made but have been there for hundreds of years, then back to our hotel for a quiet dinner.Read more

  • Day64

    To Nottingham day 64 Mon 25 Jun 2018

    June 25, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Another fine day.Slept in to 8 am, then had breakfast at Nent Hall Country Hotel and began the 186 mile road trip about 10:45 am. Very scenic landscape as we drove through the Pennines. The remainder of the drive was on motorways without anything to look at as you travel along . The Tom Tom took us directly to our accommodation in Nottingham. It was a granny flat in a concrete backyard close to the city. We managed to top up Yvonne’s phone so it could be used till the end of the trip on the way there. Drove to Val Mayer’s house for a bbq with Val, Kate and Kate’s boyfriend Ben. Lovely evening. Got back to the granny flat about 11:30 pm.Read more

  • Day65

    Sherwood Forest day 65 Tue 26 Jun 2018

    June 26, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌙 13 °C

    Slept in to 8.45am then ate cereal we carried from London and away by 10.30am. Walked to Nottingham Castle about 2.5 kilometres away. Joined the 11.30am historical walking tour hosted by an accomplished period actor. We learnt that during the life of the original castle it was overthrown once by King Richard who then went on to reclaim his crown from his brother John. This Castle was destroying by the people of Nottingham who were loyal to the King rather than allow Cromwell to have the use of the Fort. Later a Ducal Palace was erected which in turn was destroyed by a mob angry because the owner had helped prevent the introduction of voting for the people. We then toured the underground passageway leading downhill to the Nottingham city centre. The passage was cut through soft conglomerate sandstone with windows that may have been defensive arrow slots on the original Castle. Lunch in England’s oldest inn 1189AD. Walked back to the granny flat in 29 degree heat, and then drove to the Sherwood Forest Visitor’s Centre, Walked all three of the marked trails bringing the day walking distance to over 16.5 kilometres. The Major Oak is believed to be over 1000 years old and there were many other old oaks that were regenerating. The area was full of grey squirrels. I photographed a reddish squirrel on a fence just before we left. Dinner in a pub in nearby town. Then back to Nottingham for wine with Val before returning to the granny flat.Read more

  • Day218

    Sherwood Forest

    June 2, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    We just had to visit Sherwood Forest while we were in England! But It was starting to rain so we did not walk through the park.

  • Day51

    Seeking for Robin in the Sherwood Forest

    July 21, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Stealing from the rich, thats criminal but stealing from the poor, thats capitalism. Robin, we need you more than ever! A visit of the Sherwood Forest with the 1000 years old mayor oak.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Nottinghamshire, NTT, Ноттингемшир

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