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A couple of pictures from the magnificent British Library, which is conveniently close to St. Pancras / King’s Cross railway stations, and holds such marvellous items as the Lindisfarne Gospels and the gospel buried with St Cuthbert (as well as having excellent free wi-fi!).  (L) looking down at the entrance foyer, (R) the tower holding King’s Library, which was built up by George III and donated to the country by his son, George IV.


The newly opened St Pancras Hotel, which has restored and re-occupied much of the original Midland Grand Hotel.  This magnificent building had fallen into disrepair and was nearly demolished in the 1960s.

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A couple of pictures from a trip to visit a student on placement at the soon-to-be-closed Pfizer site at Sandwich. (L) Swing bridge over the River Stour, (R) the Barbican (late 14th C) [51 16 33 N, 1 20 31 E].  Sandwich was once an important port, but is now some distance from the sea.



Western facade of York Minster.


Monk Bar, one of four main gatehouses (“bars”) in York’s city walls dates from the 14th C.


College Street.

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The Treasurer’s House, and a plaque to John Goodricke outside it.


Curious “side building”.  Location?


The Vale of York Hoard, a 10th C Viking hoard found by metal detector, on display at the OK-but-not-spectacular Yorkshire Museum.

March 2011 randoms