Lincoln Cornhill – Wednesday 2nd October 2019

The second Waterstones in Lincoln is also in the ‘Downhill’ area and is situated in the Cornhall Quarter.  This area has recently been regenerated whilst retaining some character buildings, including the Old Corn Exchange, built in 1847 and replaced by a larger building in 1879.  This branch of Waterstones is located in the older of the two corn exchange buildings.   

Ground floor

First floor

The Corn Exchange Buildings

The white building is the old Corn Exchange Building, and the red and inside shots are the new.

Stonebow and Guildhall

The Stonebow building was finished in 1520 – the name comes from the Norse word ‘stennibogi’ which means stone arch.  The building houses the Guildhall on the first floor.  It is open to the public, and, according to Tripadvisor, is well worth a visit – unfortunately I didn’t know this when we were there or we would probably have gone for a look around.

High Bridge

High Bridge, which crosses the River Witham, was built around 1160 and is the oldest bridge in the UK to still have buildings on it.  The buildings themselves date from the mid-1500s. 

Grimsby – Tuesday 1st October 2019

Our next stop on our way to Lincoln, which was to be our ‘home’ for the next three nights, was Grimsby.  Unfortunately it was raining so heavily that we didn’t venture outside of the shopping centre in which Waterstones is located, so I don’t have any of my own photographs of the town to share.  I would have liked to have visited the Docks – they have a large Victorian chimney which apparently can be seen for miles around.  It was such a prominent landmark that during the Second World War the-powers-that-be considered demolishing it in case the Luftwaffe used it as a marker to find Liverpool!


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Hull map

Grimsby Dock Tower

Pictures used under the Wikimedia Commons Licence – picture 1 is owned by David Wright and picture 2 is owned by Colin Westley.   Both photos have been resized by me (as allowed under the terms of the Licence).

Hull University – Tuesday 1st October 2019

After three nights in Beverley we headed south to stay in Lincoln, stopping off at the University of Hull campus on the way.  The university was founded in 1927 and the poet Philip Larkin worked there as a librarian from 1955 until his death in 1985.  The Waterstones here is in a modern concrete building – the inside is almost brutalist in style.

Hull University map

The university, and the city of Hull, are rightly proud of Larkin and he is commemorated by a city trail and with a statue at the railway station. The statue and its accompanying slate plaques featuring some of Larkin’s verses were created by sculptor Martin Jennings.

After leaving the university we drove to the cemetery in nearby Cottingham where Philip Larkin is buried to look at his grave, but it was it was pouring with rain but unfortunately, despite extensive searching, I failed to find it. 

Scarborough – Monday 30th September 2019

We hopped on the train from Beverley and headed to Scarborough (or Scarbados, as the train guard would have it!) for the day.  Unlike yesterday the weather was amazing – definitely no coats required! Scarborough is a popular seaside town on the north Yorkshire coast with a pretty harbour and long sandy beaches overlooked by a ruined castle!  The town centre slopes down to the sea which can also be accessed by a funicular railway!   The Waterstones here is situated in an attractive building, but I haven’t been able to find out any history of it.

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Scarborough map

Anne Brontë died of tuberculosis in Scarborough in 1849 aged just 29 and is buried in St Mary’s church.  Her gravestone is badly eroded – the Brontë Society placed a new plaque at the site in 2011 which shows the wording of the original and also corrects an error on the earlier headstone.

Scarborough Castle (English Heritage) and the coast

Northallerton – Sunday 29th September 2019

Sunday was very rainy so we decided to head out in the car to the North York Moors, which is an area we know reasonably well and is very beautiful.  We stopped in the pretty town of Pickering for coffee and then headed north, passing through Goathland (the fictional Aidensfield of the ITV drama Heartbeat) on our way to the market town of Northallerton.   The Waterstones here is located in an attractive Grade 2 listed, red-bricked three storey building (although the shop itself has only two floors of books) in the main High Street.

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Northallerton map

After leaving Northallerton we drove to Thirsk for lunch.  Thirsk the birthplace of the founder of Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, Thomas Lord.  It was also the location of the veterinary practice where James Alfred Wight, who was better known by his pen-name of James Herriot, lived and worked for many years.  The latter building is now a museum to Wight’s career and the TV show that was based on his many books.

Thomas Lord’s birthplace

The Veterinary Practice of “James Herriot”

Hull – Saturday 28th September 2019

Kingston upon Hull is a port city in south east Yorkshire which stands on the river Hull near the Humber estuary and is probably most famous for the bridge and for the poet Philip Larkin!  We were staying in the nearby pretty market town of Beverley for a few days, so we stopped in Hull for lunch and to visit the Waterstones, which is in a modern shop in the town centre and has a spacious feel to it.

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Hull City map

After visiting the shop we had a wander round the city, which has some stunning architecture.  We visited a very interesting (and free) museum of transport called Streetlife and the cathedral, which was quite attractive inside, but dominated by a large vinyl record sale, so it was quite noisy! 

Some of Hull’s attractive architecture

Streetlife Museum

Hull Cathedral

Humber Bridge

Hull has one unique feature – its telephone boxes!  In the early 1900s when telephones were being introduced, Hull was given a licence to operate its own system, and opted for cream telephone boxes, so whilst the rest of the country adopted standard red boxes for what was to eventually become British Telecom, Hull has its own telephone company, and therefore different coloured boxes! 

Nuneaton – Saturday 28th September 2019

We were heading to the north east for a few days and stopped overnight in Nuneaton on the way. One of Nuneaton’s most famous residents was Mary Ann Evans – better known as Victorian author George Eliot – who was born in Nuneaton in 1819.  Many of the fictional places in her novels are set in the area and the town is very rightly proud of her.  There are many references to the novelist in Nuneaton including a local hospital named after her, a hotel, a large building in the centre of town and a statue!   The Waterstones here is in a modern building set over two floors.  Due to the market it was difficult to get far enough back to take a good photograph of the front of the shop.

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Nuneaton Map

George Eliot statue

There are plaques on the side, one listing her notable works and the others read:

1819 – 1880 Born at Arbury, Nuneaton. Unveiled by Jonathan G. Ouvry president of the George Eliot Fellowship, Great, Great Grandson of G. H. Lewes. March 22nd 1986. Erected by public subscription.”

Mary Ann Evans (George Eliot). Novelist, essayist, journalist and poet. Lived at Griff House until 1840 when she moved to Coventry and later to London. From 1854 to 1878 she lived with G. H. Lewes who encouraged her to write fiction. Her novels brought her world wide fame. In May 1880, she married J. W. Cross and died in December at 4, Cheyne Walk, Chelsea. She is buried in Highgate Cemetery, London.”

We liked the town.  There was a large, lively Saturday market and there are some beautiful buildings if you remember to look up!  One of these, a former Co-op, is currently being redeveloped and will be an ‘Escape’ room. I’m pleased to read that they’re keeping the gorgeous Art Deco façade.  We also thought the Town Hall building very attractive.

Currently reading Follow You Home by Mark Edwards, and listening to A Litter of Bones (DCI Logan #1) by J D Kirk