A little bit Shakesperean including Anne Hathaway's cottage, a Midsommernights Dream, the Avon River and some pretty odd houses and Jill's new friend?
Stratford Upon Avon sees quite literally millions of visitors. Fortunately for us when we were about the crowds were relatively small. The visit to Anne Hathaway's cottage was really good because there was a quide there who spent some time talking with us about Shakespere and his times. The cottage itself dates back to the 14C, although the building today is almost to what is was like in Shakespere's time.
On a Friday evening we went to see the Royal Shakespere Company perform a Midsommernight's Dream. Set of course in Athens but it was the context setting in the 1950's that made it very different and certainly helped the humour side of things. Sorry no pics. We also did a boat tour on the Avon and this just reinforced what a brilliantly picturesque part of the world this area is.
In our planning we had identified the Black Country Museum as a must to visit. The Museum is a bit like a walk back into the first half of the twentieth century, and the townscape has been restored, shops, streets, buses, trams etc. Gave a great insight into what is was like living in this tough mining area. Even the poms visiting were heard to remark how tough it must have been for their Grandparents who lived and raised families in these cramped and often cold livng conditions. Heating was by coal fires and so the coal dust was just everywhere. Many of the household items were familiar, eg green enamel utensils, stand alone kitchen dressers, bakelite radios and ashtrays! By the way the queues were all about getting fish and chips and Russell has been sampling consistently. His findings may well be the subject of a special report!
And here's a few of the odd Elizabethan type houses, with thatched rooves and crooked walls, that are pretty common in this area,along with some photos that have not yet made into this blog. Note Jill's new 'love' interest, the very charming but evil, Sir Guy of Gisbourne.
Next we move south to Cornwall, via Abergavenny, to seewhere the Banfield ancestors lived.