William Penn, the Poets & More...
(England & Scotland)
July 22 - August 4, 2011
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Sunday & Monday, July 24 & 25
William Penn's Grave
This morning we will attend the worship service at the Quaker meetinghouse and meet the congregation during the fellowship time after the service. When we walk from Old Jordans to the meetinghouse, we will see the cemetery where William Penn, his wives and children are buried. This afternoon’s activity will be visiting Windsor Castle to learn about William Penn’s association with King Charles II. Then it’s on to Southampton for two nights. Monday in Southampton we will see the statue of Isaac Watts who wrote many beloved hymns and we will hear “O God, Our Help in Ages Past” played by the town clock. We will cross by ferry to the Isle of Wight to visit Farringford, the home of the poet Alfred Lord Tennyson (“Crossing the Bar”).
Tuesday, July 26
We will leave early this morning from Southampton to travel into London. Mid-morning we will take a double-decker bus tour to get an overview of the important sites of the city and listen to our guide telling us about London. This afternoon we will visit Westminster Abbey, the coronation church of royalty. There are many interesting aspects to this church but of particular interest will be Poets’ Corner where many of Britain’s poets and authors are honored, ie. Chaucer, Dickens, Lord Byron, Browning, Wilde, Elliot, etc. We will also make a stop at All Hallows Church where William Penn was baptized, and educated in the school room. In 1666 the Great Fire of London started in Pudding Lane, a few hundred yards from the church, and All Hallows survived through the efforts of Admiral Penn, William’s father.
Wednesday & Thursday, July 27 & 28
Anne Hathaway's Cottage
This morning we will visit the London Mennonite Centre to learn of their work in the city with Anabaptist-related persons and churches. Then we head northwest and make a stop in Oxford, the famous university town, and travel through the beautiful Costwolds area before visiting the magnificent Coventry Cathedral, located next to the ruins of the old cathedral which will remind us of the devastation of war. Two nights’ lodging in Stratford-upon-Avon. Thursday morning we will have a guided tour of Stratford-upon-Avon to learn about the life of William Shakespeare and his wife Anne Hathaway. There will be free time this afternoon to explore the town on your own. We hope to attend an evening performance at the Royal Shakespearean Theatre.
Friday & Saturday, July 29 & 30
Dove Cottage, home of Willliam Wordsworth
We will continue going north and will make a stop in Liverpool for our lunch break and for our coach driver, Alex Stratford, to give us a tour of his city. Then it’s on to the beautiful Lake District to learn about the Lake poets, Wordsworth, Coleridge and Southey. Another famous person from this area is Beatrix Potter, the author of the beloved children’s books. On Saturday we will visit Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage and Museum to learn more about this famous English poet and his friends Coleridge and Southey. If the weather is favorable, we may want to gather by Lake Grasmere to hear some of Wordsworth’s poetry read by John Ruth. In Grasmere, we will see the cemetery where Wordsworth and his family are buried. You will have some free time this afternoon to enjoy this town.
Sunday & Monday, July 31 & August 1, 2010
Today we head into Scotland but before we do, we want to stop at a portion of Hadrian’s Wall, built in the first century AD by the Romans. We will stop for lunch at Gretna Green, which has its own story, and then continue on to Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, where we plan to have a guided city tour. Monday’s travels take us further north into the Scottish Highlands past Loch (Lake) Lomond and other spots to take in the beauty of this area. You will enjoy the fabulous scenery which is unique to Scotland. We will return to Glasgow for the night.
Tuesday & Wednesday, August 2 & 3
The World of James Herriot
When we arrive in Edinburgh this morning, we will have a tour of Scotland’s capital city, the second largest city in Scotland. Our tour will include the Royal Mile, flanked on one end by the Palace of Holyroodhouse and on the other by the Edinburgh Castle. When we have some time to walk on the Royal Mile, you may want to see the John Knox House and St. Giles Cathedral. We will learn about Sir Walter Scott, the famous Scottish historical novelist and poet. Then we will go south again through the Borders region to Middlebrough for the night. On Wednesday in Thirsk, we will enter The World of James Herriot to learn about the life of this country vet and author of well-known books about his veterinary experiences. Another interesting stop today is in Haworth at the Bronte Parsonage Museum. Charlotte's novel Jane Eyre (1847), Emily's Wuthering Heights (1847), and Anne's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848) were written while living at the parsonage. Farewell dinner at hotel in Liverpool.
Thursday, August 4
We will have a morning departure to the Manchester Airport, and will arrive in Newark this afternoon. Leaving the country of William Penn, the poets and more… we will have much to ponder and remember.