Didcot – Saturday 5th September 2020

We decided to spend a few days in Hertfordshire, as this is not a part of the country either of us had stayed in before.  We thought it would be good to stay in one of the ‘Garden Cities’, so we decided on Letchworth.  On the way we stopped for lunch at Didcot in Oxfordshire.  We hadn’t visited here before, but both knew Didcot for its power station cooling towers which were visible from the Paddington to Bath GWR train which we both used regularly – the towers have since been demolished.   The Waterstones here is located in a modern shopping centre.

Didcot map

Didcot Cooling Towers


Leighton Buzzard

We stopped at Leighton Buzzard after leaving Didcot.   Mary Norton, author of  The Borrowers‘ series, and the books on which the Disney film Bedknobs and Broomsticks was base lived here when she was a child.  There is a blue plaque on her house, which is now a school.

Currently reading:  The Wild Silence by Raynor Winn

The photo of Didcot Parkway station with the cooling towers in the background is used courtesy of Wurzeller under the Wikipedia Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license, with thanks to him.  It has been reduced in size from the original image.

The image of the market cross at Leighton Buzzard is used courtesy of M J Richardson with the attribution M J Richardson / 15 Century market cross, Leighton Buzzard / CC BY-SA 2.0, with thanks.  It has bene reduced in size from the original image.

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