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    • Day 28

      Manchester locally

      July 12, 2023 in England ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

      No trips today just getting out and about in local Manchester.

      The girls went to Elizabeth Gaskell house which is an old Victorian property where Gail volunteers. Elizabeth was the owner and became a famous English writer. Regarded as ‘one of the greatest female novelists of all time’ Elizabeth Gaskell was born in 1810 and lived at 84 Plymouth Grove in Manchester with her family from 1850 until her death in 1865. Elizabeth welcomed guests such as Charles Dickens and Charlotte Bronte to her House and mixed with a cross section of Victorian society from the poor of the workhouse to the likes of Florence Nightingale and Charles Darwin.

      Alan and I visited the Imperial War Museum which had a focus on how Manchester coped during the war.

      Everything is quite local to their house which is on the river. You can see the Manchester United stadium not far away. If you have a lazy US$6 billion, they are for sale.

      Further down from the museum is the Coronation Street set and filming studio. Yes, it is still in production!

      Alan took me to The Britons Protection pub. It was the scene of a violent local political rally in 1904 where 15 demonstrators died. I was pleased to see my ancestor's whiskey on sale although I had a beer.

      We passed the Midland hotel walking back into town. In the entrance was a 1939 Rolls Royce. This was the hotel where monsieur’s Charles Rolls and Henry Royce met for afternoon tea and decided to try their hand at building cars.

      A quick stop at the state library and we then rendezvoused with the girls at Sam’s Chop House for a late lunch.

      We had to back track to find a misplaced umbrella which became another excuse for another drop.

      Home on a tram and relaxed to plan tomorrow. We will be on the move again.
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    • Day 27

      Chatsworth day trip

      July 11, 2023 in England ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

      We are heading out to drive to Chatsworth. It will be a fairly long drive, maybe an hour or so. The new Kia EV6 is fully charged and off we go.

      The countryside is lush and green, you can’t help but be impressed by all the stonewall fences.

      From the moment you enter the estate grounds it is jaw dropping how beautiful and grand this piece of history is and we couldn’t wait to look inside.

      Chatsworth House was home to the Dukes & Duchess’s Devonshire family and has been passed down through 16 generations. They are all at rest buried in a nearby village at the St Peter’s church. The property came into the family after being purchased by Sir William Cavendish for £600 in 1549, who then began building on the grounds.

      Kings and Queens visited here, and, in that era, it was all about decadence and wealth that was on display to all that visited. It is just an amazing place to visit.

      For the Pride & Prejudice fans this mansion featured in the movie and tv series.

      There are over 25 rooms in the stately home including the Painted Hall, State Rooms, Sculpture Gallery as you walk through discovering its art, history and all about the family.

      The ceiling art defies belief. In every room there are staff to tell you the story of the family.

      Each Duke wanted to make it bigger and grander than the previous generations, leaving their mark on one of Derbyshire’s finest country houses.

      There were just so many stunning pictures to be taken it will be hard to settle in the top 10.

      We spent several hours walking through and then we covered the grounds too. The weather has been a bit unkind today, but it didn’t dampen our experience.

      The emperor water fountain works on gravity and the fountain steps are amazing.

      Before we headed back to Manchester, we had to stop at the Devonshire Arms for a locally brewed pint.

      Gail cooked up a home cooked feast and we settled in watching episodes of Pride & Prejudice so we could say “we were there today”.
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