Minster Lovell

Oxfordshire

 

After arriving at Heathrow very early in the morning, we picked up a hire car and started by looking at the area of London where Nick spent his childhood. He was unamused to find that the comfortable late-Victorian house that he grew up in had been replaced by this pseudo-Georgian monstrosity.

 

We then went and visited Hatfield House. Elizabeth I spent much of her early years here, but the present main house dates from the reign of James I.

 

This is the old Great Hall, now used for functions, which is the only remaining part from Elizabeth's time.

 

 

 

Churchyard cross, Clifton Hampden.

 

Thatched cottage, Clifton Hampden.

 

It must be Britain! Clifton Hampden.

 

We spent our first two nights at this B&B just outside the village of Minster Lovell. It's not far from Oxford, at the south-eastern edge of the Cotswolds.

 

The lovely old church at Minster Lovell.

 

The churchyard.

 

The remains of Minster Lovell Hall.

 

Just to the east was the town of Witney, with half-timbered and stone houses along its green.

 

The market cross by the green at Witney.

 

Cotswold pub.

 

The main street of Burford, all stone-built shops. At the right is "The Stone Gallery", where Lynn has twice bought a glass paperweight.

 

The window display at "The Stone Gallery".

 

We drove to a "Park-and-ride" car park just outside Oxford and took a bus into the city. This is Oxford's version of the Bridge of Sighs.

   
 

Ceiling, entrance to the Bodleian Library, Oxford.

Now we go on to Lincoln.

 

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