On the Road is a weekday feature spotlighting reader photo submissions. From the exotic to the familiar, whether you’re traveling or in your own backyard, we would love to see the world through your eyes.
This series was created by Alain Chamot (1971-2020).
Good morning everyone,
Today we return to a tour, already in progress!
Continuing on through my tour of southern England, this batch of photos is from Bath, Stonehenge, and Stratford. It was overcast and drizzling the day we went to Bath, and the pictures reflect that, unfortunately.
As a reader of Regency romances in my youth, it was great to see Bath. We visited the Fashion Museum there, which I highly recommend. I also sipped the Bath waters, which were dreadful. I just don’t get people drinking them for their health.
Stonehenge was one of the absolute highlights of the trip for me. I’m fascinated by history; I could have spent hours visiting the nearby prehistoric sites.
Stratford was cute and very touristy, but I was most intrigued by the canal and the canal system in England.
The Circus, originally called King’s Circus, was designed by the architect John Wood, the Elder. Convinced that Bath had been the principal cent of Druid activity in Britain,Wood surveyed Stonehenge, which has a diameter of 325 feet at the outer earth bank, and designed the Circus with a 318 feet diameter to mimic this.
The initial leases for the south west segment were granted in 1755–1767, for the south east segment in 1762–1766, and for the north segment in 1764–1766.
The Circus was part of John Wood the Elder’s grand vision to recreate a classical Palladian architectural landscape for the city.
This alley ran behind one of the streets, just south of the Circus. The architecture was amazing, which is why I took the picture. It started to drizzle right after I took the picture.
The Roman Baths are a well-preserved thermae in the city of Bath, Somerset, England. A temple was constructed on the site between 60-70CE in the first few decades of Roman Britain. Its presence led to the development of the small Roman urban settlement known as Aquae Sulis around the site. The Roman baths, which were used for public bathing, were used until the end of Roman rule in Britain in the 5th Century CE.
Another angle, from the ground level.
Stonehenge was magnificent. I would have liked to have visited some of the other nearby prehistoric sites, but that’s the downside of taking a tour.
The heel stone (I think!). Included for scale, mostly.
Pardon the bad picture! You literally walk across fields to see Stonehenge, and one of them was full of sheep. The contrast between the sheep and Stonehenge was incongruous.
This is a shot of the Stratford Canal in the morning. I was not aware of how important – or extensive – the canals are.
The modern canal system was mainly a product of the 18th and early 19th centuries. It came into being because the Industrial Revolution (which began in Britain during the mid-18th century) demanded an economic and reliable way to transport goods and commodities in large quantities.
Restoration projects by volunteer-led groups continue. There is now a substantial network of interconnecting, fully navigable canals across the country. You can rent a barge and travel the canals in England.