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LONDON - Tower of London Remembers,Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red.

Tower of London Remembers,Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red.

Paddington Station,London is less than 75min from Chippenham Station by train.It has many well known attractions ,but don’t miss the evolving installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. Created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins, with setting by stage designer Tom Piper, 888,246 ceramic poppies will progressively fill the Tower’s famous moat.It will not be there beyond November.

By the River Avon in Malmesbury.

By the River Avon in Malmesbury.

Malmesbury sits on a flat Cotswolds hilltop at the convergence of two rivers. From the west, the infant Bristol Avon flows from Sherston and from the north west, a tributary either known as the Tetbury Avon, River Avon (Tetbury branch) or, locally, The Ingleburn. They flow within 100 yards (91 m) of each other but are separated by a narrow and high isthmius just a few yards across, which forces the Bristol Avon south and the Tetbury Avon east.Malmesbury is a market town and civil parish in the southern Cotswolds in the county of Wiltshire.

Malmesbury Abbey.(from the grounds)

Malmesbury Abbey.

During the English Civil War Malmesbury is said to have changed hands as many as seven times, and the abbey was fiercely fought over. Hundreds of pock-marks left by bullets and shot can still be seen on the south, west and east sides of Malmesbury Abbey walls.Today much of the Abbey survives, with the ruined parts still joined onto the complete structure. The existing third of the nave remains in use as an active place of worship.


Westonbirt National Arboretum

Westonbirt National Arboretum,Gloucestershire

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum is managed by the Forestry Commission Westonbirt Arboretum is located near the historic market town of Tetbury in Gloucester and is perhaps the most important and widely known arboretum in the United Kingdom.

Planted in the heyday of Victorian plant hunting in the mid-19th century, today Westonbirt Arboretum is one of the finest tree collections in the world, carefully laid out within a beautiful Grade One listed historic landscape.

Malmesbury Abbey.(The Nave).

Malmesbury Abbey.The Nave.

The current Abbey was substantially completed by 1180. The 431 feet (131 m) tall spire, and the tower it was built upon, collapsed in a storm around 1500 destroying much of the church, including two thirds of the nave and the transept. The west tower fell around 1550, demolishing the three westernmost bays of the nave. As a result of these two collapses, less than half of the original building stands today.

Caen Hill flight of locks.

Caen Hill flight of locks on the Kennet and Avon Canal, between Rowde and Devizes.

The 29 locks have a rise of 237 feet in 2 miles (72 m in 3.2 km) or a 1 in 44 gradient. The locks come in three groups. The lower seven locks, Foxhangers Wharf Lock to Foxhangers Bridge Lock, are spread over 1.2 km. The next sixteen locks form a steep flight in a straight line up the hillside. Because of the steepness of the terrain, the pounds between these locks are very short. As a result, 15 locks have unusually large sideways-extended pounds, to store the water needed to operate them. A final six locks take the canal into Devizes.They are a 15min drive from Chippenham.


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