My Christmas decorations are still up in the living room (including the tree) and the dining room. Every time I thought about writing a post, I just couldn't seem to find the energy or inspiration. This post finally got done after a series of starts, stops, and changes. So glad that I haven't had the flu, but I seem to have had a bad case of writer's/blogger's block.
Since I don't have anything really new to share, I'm taking another little trip down memory lane today. I have just a few pictures to show you of a little town called Tring, in Hertfordshire, in the south of England.
The first Saturday we were in England, we drove from the Bellows Mill, where we were staying in Bedfordshire, to the town of Tring to catch the train to London. We parked our car at the train station there while we were in London for the day. Unfortunately, I only got a small glimpse of Tring since we wanted to spend as much time in London as we could. My husband was kind enough to take pictures for me after I came back home, as he was over there for another week.
While in Tring, he stayed here at the Rose and Crown Hotel --looks charming, doesn't it?
Hubby took this picture for me because Gregory was my maiden name. :)
Some interesting things I learned about Tring when I was preparing to write this post -- Tring is located just 30 miles northwest of London. The town of Tring was granted a charter by Edward II in 1315. The mansion of Tring Park was designed by Sir Christopher Wren (architect of St. Paul's Cathedral in London) in 1682. This manor house is now home to the Tring Park School for the Performing Arts.
The town of Tring straddles the Old Roman Road called Akeman Street, which runs through town as the High Street. Most interesting to me is the fact that Amphillis Twigden Washington (try saying that three times really fast), wife of the Reverend Lawrence Washington and great-great grandmother of President George Washington, is buried in the churchyard at St. Peter and St. Paul Church of England.
In the foreground of this picture is the war memorial, the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul is in the background.
You can see the church a bit better in this picture, which I found online. A beautiful example of an old English church (built around 1450); I love the clock on the tower.
Here are the rest of the pictures my husband took.
I love the Tudor look of these buildings and the wonderful latticed windows.
and one more view of the church --
On a previous business trip to the U.K., Mr. Forest Manor stayed at the Pendley Manor Hotel, located about a mile south of the town of Tring. Later when I traveled to England with him, we drove by Pendley Manor and took a few pictures.
A local landowner and mill owner, Joseph Grout Williams, had the current Pendley Manor house (above) built in 1872. It was then occupied by Williams and his descendants from 1875 until 1983. The manor land pre-dates the Norman conquest of 1066. A medieval manor house was built on the Pendley land around 1440 and remained until it burned in 1835.
So that's it for Tring. I really wish I could have spent a whole day there, but as with all travel, we just didn't have enough time to see everything we wanted to see. You can read about the Bellows Mill Hotel Here and our day in London Here.
I hope you're all staying well and enjoying the quiet time in January. I'm so glad to see the the daylight hours are getting a little longer each week, and I'm already looking for little signs of spring when I venture out. Thank you for visiting today and enjoy the rest of your week!