Glastonbury Abbey

Glastonbury.  Today the name is probably best known for its annual music festival, and possibly for having more New Age shops in its High Street than any other town in Britain. But that’s not what this post is going to be about.

What we’re going to explore is the imposing ruins behind the High Street, the remaining fragments of what was, in its day, one of the wealthiest and most powerful abbeys in Britain.

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Flying Scotsman

Ask the “ordinary man in the street” (whoever he might be) to name a famous steam locomotive and the answer is almost certainly going to be Flying Scotsman.  Between the 13th & 19th of April 2017 the loco visited the Bluebell Railway where, on Easter Saturday I  had the opportunity to enjoy a ride behind her and was also able to take some photographs her at Sheffield Park, Horsted Keynes and East Grinstead.

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Bodiam Castle

At the current terminus of the Kent and East Sussex Railway is the town of Bodiam.  This small town has an impressive castle, built in 1385 by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge, a former knight of Edward III, with the permission of Richard II. The castle has no keep and all the rooms and chambers are built around the outer defensive wall.  This was characteristic of castle architecture in the 14th century.

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