Roland Levinsky Building (Plymouth University)
This Plymouth University's campus renowned for its architecture and incorporating environmental and sustainable elements. You can read more about it via its website website.
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This church was built over 300 years ago and was one of Plymouth's leading churches where Dr Robert Hawker was an influential figure. In March 1941 the church was burnt with the bombing raid over the city. Today the derelict church serves as a spiritual monument and memorial (to city's blitz and loss of lives during World War II) on a busy roundabout when one approaches the city centre.
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St Dunstan's Abbey School
Although situated on New North Road, quite close to the city centre, the striking St Dunstan's Abbey isn't actually on any tourist map. It is though worth a visit if you are interested in Gothic architecture and a bit of Plymouth's history.
St Dunstan's Abbey was founded in 1850 by a Miss Priscilla Sellon, a naval officer's daughter who was devoted to the education of Plymouth's poor and specifically in response to the Bishop of Exeter's appeal at the time - " to relieve the spiritual and moral destitution of Devonport"
To this end she established a total of "five schools and with financial support from supporters she set up an orphanage for girls; homes for destitute girls; an industrial school for young women; a college for boy sailors; and evening classes for adults. Using her own money she purchased tenements to rent out to the poor in return for them adopting more moral ways and set up a printing press for unemployed females who might otherwise succumb to prostitution to earn money."
She was also the founder of the Church of England Sisterhood of Mercy and during the 1849 cholera epidemic she and her fellow sisters established a hospital on what was to become the site of the present Abbey. Following the end of the outbreak (during which time the hospital successfully treated over 170 patients) she changed the name of the order to the Society of the Most Holy Trinity and laid the foundation stone of a new nunnery on the hospital's site which she dedicated to St Dunstan.
By 1906 there were only a few nuns left here at this site and the building was taken over by the Community of St Mary The Virgin at Wantage and became the St Dunstan Abbey School For Girls.
In 2004 this became part of the independent co-education Plymouth College.
Website below has a bit more history.
- Historical Travel
Try to find the artist's...
Try to find the artist's studio who has made an intriguing career of painting Plymouth's more attractive women nude, writing texts on Art and - in general - living the life of the stereotypical, long-haired, suffering, dressed in black Artiste. I think his name is R. Lenkiewiz
2011 footnote: Robert Lenkiewicz died of a heart attack in 2002: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Lenkiewicz#Move_to_Plymouth
Mount Edgecombe is a country park & a stately home built in 1547, by the Edgecombe family. It was sold to Plymouth & Cornwall Council's in 1971.
The House was bombed during the war & gutted by fire, it has since been renovated. The House sits in 856 acres of beautiful coastal land, most of which is open to the public for free. This is a beautiful place to spend a relaxing day, try to come in the week when it is much quieter.
Have to admit Mount Egdcombe is in Cornwall, but it is only a 5 minute ferry ride from Plymouth, ( see transport tips)
The photo is the Orangery, built in 1760, which is now a restaurant & the Italian Garden. I felt the plants in the Italian Garden are reminiscent of a council roundabout! Nice trees & statues though.
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Dartmoor National Park
This beautiful Park is famous for many things, for example it was the setting for the Conan Doyle novel “The Hound of the Baskervilles”. That novel paints a picture of the bleak and isolated open moor with the most secure prison (Princetown) of Britain in its centre. Dartmoor is more though with fine walking opportunities, waterfalls, and lovely little villages with thatched houses and plenty of chances to have a “cream tea”. The Dartmoor ponies, a small tough breed of ponies, they have lived wild on the moor since at least the 10th century and they are a much-loved symbol of this part of Britain. All around there are scores of prehistoric remains such as Grimspound, with impressive Bronze Age huts, which were built nearly 4,000 years ago.
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Mix History & Countryside
Nearby to Plymouth is the historical and beautiful Plymbridge woods. In the past, this area was heavily involved in the mining industry and it is dotted with the ruins of past structures. Follow the river for some time and enjoy the sights. Bring a packed lunch.
It is well signposted and these signs provide a great deal of information on the area and the history.
Particularly Good and Well Known for Cycling Expeditions.
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Nowhere near Plymouth, so well...
Nowhere near Plymouth, so well off the Beaten Path, is my house! We had two surprise VT visitors call in the other day. Here is a photo of myself, Sally (Linky Pinky from Kent), and Mary (Mary Golda). Sally's friend, Trish took the photo and has now joined VT as 'Trishywishy'. Trish lives in Southampton. When VT create all the promised new locations, I hope that there will be some in Cornwall, where I can redo my pages nearer to home!
The South Hams villages of...
The South Hams villages of Heybrook bay and Wembury are often missed by tourists, but are situated at the entrance to the Yealm estuary and overlooking Plymouth sound.
Wembury bay is popular with surfers and is quite a picturesque place with the Mewstone island prominent in the bay. I am biased though, this is where i lived for my formative years ;)
A bit off the beaten track, but Langdon court serves good meals and a great pint of Guinness. Lots of smuggling history too !!!
Just a short bus journey from...
Just a short bus journey from Exeter is Torquay - it's a nice trip too, across Devonshire hills. Call me a big kid, but there is an attraction there I just love: Babbacombe Model Village. We used to go there on school trips when I was a kid; recently I nagged my Mum into coming with me again. Actually she enjoyed it too - especially seeing the miniature grass and trees they use for landscaping. In the high season there is a free bus from Torquay town centre - the rest of the time you'll have to take a standard bus and ask the driver where to get off.
Have a look at their website: http://www.babbacombemodelvillage.co.uk/
Here's a picture. Can you see why I love it???? Or is it just me? I'd go and see every model village in the world if I could. In fact I'd like to build one.
Exeter University has a really...
Exeter University has a really lovely landscaped campus, with trees from every land, duck-ponds, stepping stones, hidden lakes and some lovely buildings (some pretty grim ones too). On this campus you'll also find the Northcott theatre and the Lemon Grove which is a small venue for uni gigs (but I think everyone can enter).
Really worth a look for its photos.
Northcott Theatre: http://www.northcott-theatre.co.uk/
(they do films as well as some really excellent theatre).
Lemon Grove: http://www.guild.ex.ac.uk/commercial/trading/lemon-grove.htm
(This venue is a bit after my time I'm afraid so I can't tell you much about it).
Bit of an off-beat one this,...
Bit of an off-beat one this, but if you go to the cafe at the top of Debenhams you can get some really good photos from a high perspective. There's an ancient law in Exeter that forbids the building of anything higher than the Cathedral but somehow Debenhams got away with it. You can also have some coffee and a piece of fudge cake, but I think there are probably better places to eat.
Take a bus to Buckfastleigh,...
Take a bus to Buckfastleigh, or even better, take the steam railway from Totnes, which stops right outside the otter sanctuary. It's only a small place but knowledgable keepers show you round the otters they've saved and you can stand in a tunnel under the water to watch them dive for food. Lovely for animal lovers. Others may find the otter smell rather disturbing. Culture lovers shouldn't worry - just down the road is Buckfast Abbey, a monastic community open to the public with an impressive Abbey church, visitor centre, and a chance to buy their goods, such as honey made on the premises.
Let's remember that I am...
Let's remember that I am talking about Exeter rather than Plymouth, and mucgh as I am enamoured of VT so far, I still can't believe they haven't put Exeter in here!
My number one recommendation to any visitor to Exeter is to go to the Double Locks pub/hotel. This involves walking down to the quay and taking the canal path Southwards for about two or three miles. It's an easy walk - or cycle - and fairly picturesque. You'll pass fishers and river birds, maybe the odd canoeist. Eventually you come to the two locks, where you will find the pub, which has a huge array of ciders and beers and food (my fave always used to be brown bread ice cream until I went vegan). On certain dates they have a marquee in the garden with live music, and barbeques on the riverside. They used to have a swing that made music when you rode on it, and an old boat for kids to play on. I don't know whether any of this is still true now, but to sit on the canalside on a summer's evening with your dog, a pint of cider and some food on its way is very heaven. You'll probably want to phone to check they are open before you walk that distance though. And if you get legless, there is a way for taxis through St Thomas industrial estate - they have to be good drivers though as there is a very sharp turn onto the bridge.
Here's a review that says much what I just did: http://www.ex.ac.uk/~jbdavey/pubs/quay/doublelocks.html
This would apply primarily to...
This would apply primarily to those fans of Sherlocak Holmes and teh great story 'The Hound of the Baskervilles'. In the novel, there is a reference to a Great Grimpen Mire. This doesn't actually exist, but there is a neolithic settlement called Grimspound, which is located on the moors.
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