Thursday, January 22, 2015

The English Town of Tring

Hello folks.  I haven't disappeared, but it feels like I have.  I haven't been posting or commenting for over a week.  I mentioned previously that I had been feeling under the weather and thought it was probably allergies.  Whatever the problem, it's sure slowed me down, but I'm really thankful I haven't been as sick as a lot of people this winter.  

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.

Tring Park mansion

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!



  1. I am so sorry that you are ill. So many people have a lot of sinus infections that linger for a long time.
    Feel better and get plenty of rest.

  2. I'm so sorry that you haven't felt well, Denise. Hopefully, you're feeling much better now.
    What fun for you to look back at your pics of England. The Crown and Rose Inn looks so charming. What a lovely spot to stay. Your hubby took some wonderful pics for you.
    Yes, I'm enjoying the quiet time of January, too. Take care, my friend!

  3. Sorry that you're feeling under the weather, Denise. January can be a low time for blogging inspiration and life in general. Loved the visit to Tring - lovely sunshine, lovely buildings. Hope you feel much better soon.

  4. Hi Denise. What a gorgeous little town. I love England and hope to go there some day. So sorry you were under the weather and glad to hear you are feeling better. Rest up good..Happy Thursday..Judy

  5. I had a sinus infection that slowed me way down. It does take a while sometimes to get through these illnesses. Love the picture of Tring. I really would love to visiti England- it's on my bucket list! So much history to be found over there! Take care and get better soon! Liz

  6. Glad you're feeling better. It's easy to have some writer block especially at this time of year I think. Take it slow, Denise and feel well!

  7. Hello Denise, I do hope that you start feeling really good and get some energy back. Towns like this one are why I keep wanting to go back to good ole England. Thanks for sharing all the info and the photos. Blessings...

  8. Glad you are feeling better! I love armchair traveling - thanks for taking us on a tour! It looks charming!



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