The Tamar Bridges
The Tamar Bridges
Or rather on your departure from Plymouth on crossing the River Tamar into Cornwall, do look at the magnificent Royal Albert Bridge, which carries the railway line over the river. Built by Isambard Kingom Brunel, and opened in 1859 by Prince Albert (husband of Queen Victoria), it is one of his greatest triumphs. It is constructed of malleable iron plates, is nearly half a mile long, and crosses the Tamar at a height of a hundred feet above high water by two arches, each 445 feet wide. They are both spanned by oval tubes, 17 feet by 12 feet in diameter. The construction of the bridge at that time was a remarkable feat of engineering, and the bridge today is little altered from its original design. The bridge was built at this height on insturctions from the British Admiralty in order that the masts of the warships, at that time powered by sail only, should clear the bridge at all states of the tide. The photo shows one of the spans, nearest to the Cornish side of the river. The less attractive bridge behind it was built in 1961 and carries the main A38 road from Devon into Cornwall. It was built to replace the old chain-ferry which crossed the river just below the bridge. The ferry was a major link between Devon and Cornwall. A similar ferry is still in use further down the river between Torpoint and Devonport.
Go onto Bodmin Moor
Go onto Bodmin Moor
Most famous because it was the setting for Daphne Du Maurier’s novel “Jamiaca Inn” the lonely desolate moor is also a great area for walking. The inn featured in the novel is now a restaurant and bar with a small museum in it. Not far away is the lovely little moorland village of Altarnum which also features in the novel. About 30 minutes walk from the inn is Dozmary Pool which was said to be bottomless until it dried up during the drought of 1976. According to the legend the sword Excalibur was thrown into the pool after King Arthur was fatally wounded and a hand came out of the pool to seize it.
The Prysten House
The Prysten House is the oldest surviving domestic building in Plymouth completed in 1498. The house is also known as Yogge House after the wealthy merchant who had the house built. Today is Tanners, an upmarket restaurant.
Just behind The Prysten House between there & St Andrews, (the church in the background) is a Jewish cemetery and the oldest Ashkenazi Synagogue in the English speaking world which has been used continuously, dating back to 1744.
In the Barbican area of the city you can find many old buildings in the narrow streets.The 'Elizabethan House', a beautifully restored Captain's dwelling dating from 1548. In the house, you can see the original windows, spiral staircase winding around an old ship's mast.
" My New Home "
Well here is the start to my Plymouth page. I will add more as time permits.
I love Plymouth it's cold and windy but it's very beautiful and gives Americans and the English very special ties.
From here the Pilgrams began their journey to a new world and new hopes and dreams. Now from the new world I come here as an American for a new world and new hopes and dreams.
" PLYMOUTH "
Check out this web site hope it helps: http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plymouth,_England
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Plymouth is a city and unitary authority in South West England.
Historically, it was part of the county of Devon and was Britain's greatest naval base. Now one of Britain's few remaining naval dockyards, it is situated at the mouths of the rivers Plym and Tamar.
Heavily blitzed by the Luftwaffe during World War II, Plymouth was one of the English cities to be rebuilt by Lord Abercrombie in the 1950s.
Modern Plymouth is actually an agglomeration of three separate towns: Plymouth, Devonport and East Stonehouse; this amalgamation occurred in 1914, and prior to the merger, they were referred to collectively as "The Three Towns".
Most visitors to Plymouth are drawn to the spectacular Plymouth Hoe, a stretch of greensward overlooking the sea and Plymouth Sound; it is alleged that this was the place where Sir Francis Drake completed his game of bowls before setting sail to defeat the Spanish Armada.
Plymouth has a university, the University of Plymouth which has a slight tendency to specialise in naval and maritime related disciplines.
It is one of the primary gateways to Cornwall providing access by way of the Torpoint ferry across the Hamoaze, the mouth of the Tamar, and the Tamar bridge linking the A38 through the St Budeaux area of Plymouth on the Devon bank of the Tamar to Saltash on the Cornish bank. The major rail link to Cornwall, the Royal Albert Bridge runs side-by-side with the road bridge but, as its name suggests, it was built much earlier by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
The city has one football club which plays football at the national level, Plymouth Argyle F.C.. The Labour MP and former leader of the Labour Party, Michael Foot, is a Plymothian and is now a director of Plymouth Argyle.
PLYMOUTH IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR
During World War II, Plymouth was one of Britain's principal naval dockyards, and this naval tradition continues to the present day. Plymouth was extensively blitzed during WWII, to the extent that approximately twice the amount of housing stock that existed prior to the war was destroyed during it (as a consequence of rebuilt houses being successively hit). Although the dockyards were the principal targets, civilian casualties were inevitably very high indeed.
Places in Plymouth
Stoke, Plymouth, England
Devonport, Plymouth, England
Morice Town, Plymouth, England
Laira, Plymouth, England
Lipson, Plymouth, England
Millbridge, Plymouth, England
Eggbuckland, Plymouth, England
Crownhill, Plymouth, England
Leigham, Plymouth, England
Stonehouse, Plymouth, England
Dolphin public house
Barbican, Plymouth, England
Mayflower Steps, Plymouth, England
National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth, England