A drive through England’s North country reveals Liverpudlian legends,romantic compositions and Roman constructions.
The notes of the double bass sat way low on London ‘s aural frequency range .Lower than the muted exhast burbles of the red double -decker buses and the usual sunday humdrum .We followed the note that was smoothly tripping along the opening bars of DAY TRIPPER and arrived at the a sidewalk on portobello Road where the hightown crows were doing a lovely jazzy cover of the Beatles hit single that had topped UK charts in january 1996.The tune ,and perhapes the antique stalls at the portbello road market ,triggered memories of my boyhood when ‘Rubber soul’ and ‘Abbey Road’spun on my turntable ,pumping out the quartet’s best hits. We have few days hand and a car to drive ,and figured they should head in the of England has so much to see,we decide to pick points of interest and make it into a touch -and -go sort of trip.
Five hours later,We have checked into the premier Inn at chester in the country of cheshire .We found a fantastic online deal at this hotel and since it was just 20 miles from Liverpool,we have to spend the night there. It turned out to be quite a good decision because chester is a sweet little town encircle by an almost intact red brick wall that was built when the romans ruled Britannia almost 2,000 years ago.It used to be an important port in the northwest of Britan ,but the silting up of its river Dee made it redundant.within the town is an electic collection of double -storied Tudor and victorian houses an area called The Rows.The origins of this unique style of double -decked architecture is lost in the mists of time ,but today they house posh retail outlets.
For chester’s most famous sight you should head towards the east gate of the wall .Crowing this gate -and looking like something that sits on monarch’s head -is a clock commemorating Queen victoria’s Diamond jubilee in 1897.Then ,if you turn right along the wall and arrive at the place where it veers to the right ,you’ll see a flight of unruly stairs.According to local yore,if you can take a deep breath and run up and down these stairs without letting go ,your wish will come true .But don’t try this after tucking in at Ye Old Boot Inn,an atmospheric 500-year-old pup that falls on the way from the clock to the stairs.chester explored ,we walked most of the half mile back to the premier Inn on top of the ancient walls. “vindolanda, an important Roman frontier fort,is today an interactive archaeological site where you can take part in live excavation “.
The next morning ,it took me just 40 minutes to drive into one of the many parking lots at Albert Dock.Fans know that it was at the cavern club where the Beatles first performed in 1961 and where the group was spotted by Brain Epstein,who become their manager . It is this history and a lot more that is enshrined in ‘The Beatles Story’,a very intersting museum and attraction on Albert Dock.
The Albert Dock also has a musical history . It was here that more than a Europe in 1944 ,bringing with them records of the latest American music. Liver pool,the western gateway of transatlantic supplies during WW II,introduced Europe to Rhythm and Blues ( a style that would evolve into Rock and Roll two decades later),and end up making Liverpool the heart and soul of British pop. With that checked off my list ,i decided not to head back towards London, but take in some more English rhyme and rhythm.
Heading north through some intensely scenic countryside generously endowed with lush rolling hills and sparkling lakes, we was in the Lake District three hours later ,standing outside a whitewashed stone cottage with creepers adorning its walls.In this cottage ,which is yet another museum ,lived a man who went wandering lonely as a cloud and, came back to write on his most famous poems, The Daffodils.
Dove cottage was where william wordsworth was living in 1804,when he wrote his most famous work .the inspiration of this poem came from a belt of daffodils he saw when he was out on a walk with his sister Mary ,near Glencoyne Bay ,Ullswater.Just 12 miles from cottage ,it actully has an area called Wordsworth point ,where you can even see the yellow flower.
Since we have driven into the Lake Dstrict from the south and was more than halfway within,we decided to exit through the north.In doing so ,we realised that what had started as a dash to Liverpool had brought me almost to the border of scotland.or rather ,the ancient border ,because in 90 minutes we have was at a village called Holmhead in the Northumberland ,admiring the view and leaning against a wall.And not any old wall,but a solide meandering one made of stone that Roman Britain from the marauding picts,the ancient inhabitants of Scotland .
The wall still survives today,and there are splendid walks along it .Locals at Holmhead will also direct you towards banks of black volcanic rock where fossils of shelfish and other crustaceans can be seen quite clearly .They will also encourage you, as they did me ,to vsit Roman Vindolanda.Occupied for 300 years ,Vindolanda was an important Roman frontier fort build long before Hadrian’s wall .Today it is an interactive archaeological site where you can take part in live excavation .you can walk among barracks,latrines and even bath houses.There is also evidence that some houses had an underground heating system .Though we spent only a few hours there,Vindolanda warrants an entire day.
YORK THE DRAMATIC HISTORY MAKES IT A POPULAR POPULAR GHOST HAUNT IN ROMAN
Time and cash were running out ,so we finally pointed the nose of my car to the south and headed back towards London .we decided to break my journey in York,and once again ,have to found a ridiculously cheap and yet fancy room at the luxurious premier Inn on Blossom Street in York .we drove there ,stopping en route at Durham,which has a magnificent cathedral and university .It is quite the student town ,complete with pub called ‘The Shakesphere’.
York has Roman history too.And ,hold your breath ,some of it comes back often .The Treasurer’s House behind the York minister has a cellar where ,in february 1953, a young apprentice plumber, Harry Martindale ,saw an entire legion of Romans walk in from one wall and out of another .When we went down to the cellar of the Treasurer’s House, the cellar was closed and the person at the desk outside it told me ,”Ah the Roman ghost!They usually swing by during February or March “.It was enough to send the scrambling back up the stairs and sleep with the light on that night .York after all is reputed to be England’s most Haunted city and this is all the more reason to go one of the ghost tour on offer.Some of them can make your knees knock for day afterwards . On the other hand needed both my knees in fine fettle for the long drive back towrds London the following morning. It has been a lovely four days.
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To read more about the Ghostly Romans of York,go to www.real-british-ghost.com/roman-ghosts.html.