Lincoln is a cathedral city and the county town of Lincolnshire. The city is compact which makes it easy to explore, and is steeped in history. At the top of Steep Hill (which lives up to its name!) is the oldest part of the city, dominated by a gothic cathedral. A central tower was added to the cathedral in 1311 which made it the tallest structure in the world for over 200 years. This area is colloquially known as ‘uphill’ and as well as many gorgeous buildings it also has a castle! After spending the morning in this area, we walked back down into the town to ‘downhill’ to visit the first of the two Waterstones here. This branch was formerly a hotel called the Saracens Head which closed in 1959.
Below clockwise from the left – the castle grounds, a view of the cathedral, Leigh-Pemberton house – a merchant’s house built in 1543 and now the Tourist Information office.
There is a public footpath through the castle grounds, so it is possible to walk through without paying!
The remains of a third century Roman is said to be the oldest arch in the United Kingdom still used by traffic.
Our next stop, for three nights, was the gorgeous city of Perth. It sits on the River Tay and, with its gorgeous architecture, it is easy to see why it is called the Fair City. We spent the first day exploring the city which was once Scotland’s capital and thought it was really lovely. The city is bordered by two parks, North Inch and South Inch and is quite compact so it’s fairly easy to explore in a day. The Waterstones is on the edge of a modern shopping centre in the middle of the city and is on one level in an L-shape!
Clockwise from top left: West Street Bridge, The Black Watch Museum, St John’s Kirk (outside), St John’s Kirk (inside)
Clockwise from top left: River Tay, The Capital Asset – now a Wetherspoons but formerly a branch of the Perth Savings Bank, Perth Museum & Art Gallery, Rodney Gardens
St Ninian’s Cathedral
We were told by one of the very helpful guides, was the first cathedral to be built in Britain after the Reformation ended in 1648! It was finished in 1850 and is very attractive inside. Unfortunately I accidentally deleted the photos I took of it so I have used one of the outside taken from Wikipedia, under their creative commons licence, which was uploaded by user ‘Kilnburn‘.
Perth has a great sculpture trail. Here are a small selection of those we spotted:
Nae Dae Sae Dark by David Annand (based on the poem by William Soutar)
Eagle of Perth by Shona Kinloch
The Fair Maid of Perth Graham Ibbeson (based on the titular character of a Sir Walter Scott novel)
Perth is a must-see for anyone visiting South East Scotland!
Chippenham is a small market town in Wiltshire. This was just a quick visit and we didn’t spend much time in the town but we did manage to pop into the Waterstones to take some photos.
This store, like the one in Salisbury (yet to be visited as part of this quest, but one I frequently visit with my Mum) has a fish tank in the children’s department!
Near to Chippenham is the village of Lacock which is mostly owned by the National Trust. It is very picturesque and has been the set of many films and TV productions including the 1995 BBC adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, several of the Harry Potter films, Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cranford and The Woman in Black, based on the book by Susan Hill. It is very worth a visit, although it does get rather busy at weekends.
Meryton in Pride and Prejudice – amongst other things!