Saturday, 8th October, 2016

Another huge day so lots of photos. It might take some time for the page to load!

After a lovely breakfast at Hamilton Court Guest House,

Hamilton GH

dining room

Satoshi in the dining room having breakfast with all his friends!

 

we headed back to Llangollen to go on the Llangollen Railway. This is a 16km restored section of a much longer railway. On the way, we bought some diesel for the car. Fuel in UK is very expensive - about DOUBLE what we pay. Remember the amount shown in the picture below is in pounds!

diesel price

shop

You may not immediately appreciate why I took a photo of this fairly nondescript shop in Llangollen...

until you see the name of it!

name

 

 

loco

We got to the station in time to take some photos of the engine before we departed at 10:40am.

 

inside

reiver

For much of the journey, the railway runs alongside the River Dee.

 

house

There were several lovely houses along the line too.

loco

There is no passing loop at the end of the line so, for the first part of the journey back, the train is in reverse with the engine at the back. At the first station, the loco is shunted around the carriages and coupled to the front of the train (although the loco itself does the return journey in reverse, just like Puffing Billy in Belgrave).

loco

loco

Back at Llangollen, the engine is again shunted around the train ready for the next trip. It makes for a great photo opportunity!

We both very much enjoyed the trip, which included a tunnel. The guard came along just before the tunnel to make sure all the windows were closed - they don't want all the smoke from the loco coming inside the carriages.

 

mill

river

Back at Llangollen there is a Corn Mill and the River Dee.

 

Then it was on to Liverpool to visit the Cathedrals. Today we visited the Anglican Cathedral which is the largest in the U.K. It is very convenient in that there is a car park right outside.

 

cathedral

nave

It is not until you get inside that you really appreciate just how enormous this building is! This is a view from near the back looking down the nave towards the high altar.

 

nave altar

The Nave Altar

 

The High Altar

The High Altar

 

angel

Detail of the High Altar frontal

 

quire

The Quire. Note the beautiful floor tiles.

 

angel

A stone angel above the choir

 

window

joshue

Details from just one of the hundreds of windows. The second is a depiction of Joshua.

 

Lady Chapel

Within the Cathedral itself is the Lady Chapel

 

window

window detail

This is a small section of the window above depicting Mary and Jesus

 

altar

The Altar in the Lady Chapel

 

detail

A detail of the reredos at the back of the Altar in the Lady Chapel. Cathedrals contain so many beautiful works of art.

lift

The Cathedral is SO large that there is not one but THREE lifts!

 

console

It is logical, I suppose, that contained within the largest Cathedral is the largest pipe organ in the UK. It consists of 200 stops and over 10,000 pipes! Some of the pipes can be seen in the photo of the Nave Altar above. You can hear the organ here(!) and see some more images of the cathedral at the same time.

 

calendar

Also contained within the cathedral is a café and a gift shop. We couldn't believe that anyone would buy an Advent Calendar for their cat!

This Cathedral is not old like some of the others we have visited. Building began in 1910 and was not completed until 1978. The architect was Giles Gilbert Scott (the grandson of the more famous Sir George Gilbert Scott). A bonus for us was to hear the choir rehearsing and then to attend Evensong (where, once again, we had the privilege of sitting in the canons' stalls). The music was absolutely beautiful and consisted of the responses by Bernard Rode, Psalms 121 & 122, the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in A by Stanford, and one of my favourite anthems They that Go Down to the Sea in Ships by Herbert Sumsion. You can here it here sung by the Choir of Ely Cathedral.

We had dinner at Pizza Express and then went on the Wheel of Liverpool, a 60m Ferris Wheel.

wheel

This is a quite impressive 60m tall but then the Melbourne Eye is 120m tall!

 

view

It was difficult to get a photo of the view without reflections or parts of the wheel getting in the way but this gives you an idea!

 

We have been so blessed by good weather. It has hardly rained at all and only for very short periods of time. The temperature has been about 14° degrees.

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