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My name is Roy, I live at Otley in West Yorkshire and I am retired. I am not the best photographer and most of my pics depict the unusual.

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Known locally as ‘The Sally’, The Salutation Hotel, with its impressive Assembly Rooms, (now the hotel restaurant), in South Street in the centre of Perth, is reputedly the oldest hotel in Scotland, and is a Grade B listed building. In the early 1600’s it was a private house belonging to the Murray family ( Lord Scone & Viscount Stormont), and may have had earlier connections with the Franciscan Order of monks. About 1699 the building became a coaching inn. It would appear that the impressive façade with its Black Watch Piper figure’s, was constructed c.1810. It is said that Bonnie Prince Charlie occupied Room 20 on his march south in 1744 where he held meetings with his commanders who probably included one Colonel Bower. A plaque on the front wall of the hotel refers to – ‘The trial of Colonel Bower of Kincaldrum, Forefarshire at York. The only charge that could be brought against him was that he wore a white cockade in his bonnet, and had been seen shaking hands with Prince Charles Edward at The Salutation Inn in Perth.’ The charge was probably not upheld because the Colonel was actually cruelly killed at his Kincaldrum home in 1744 by government troops. The story goes that although concealed in a secret room, he was betrayed by his valet who was taken to a tree and suspended from a rope for a few seconds before he revealed the hiding place. Bower was discovered and mortally wounded by a Dragoon’s saber before being tied by his long hair to the tail of a horse and dragged a short distance, before his life expired.

Game of thrones ambient, nice

Abbey foounded 1164AD.

Church of England is a special

a good capture. I have never posted a shot from this angle as I have always been disappointed with my efforts. You have got the knack with this one! like Best wishes, Andy

Eeeh by 'eck. I bet the residents of the ancient settlement would have the bejasus scared out of them these days!! Must have a look for this monument next time I'm up there, thank you for pointing it out and the explanation. :-)

Paula

A well worn stone situated outside the Town Hall at Kendal in Cumbria known locally as the Ca Steean has been used to make proclamations for at least three centuries. It was originally part of the old market cross.

In the 17th century fear of spreading the plague was very real and many precautions were taken to stop the spread of this horrific disease. Quite often trades people would actually refuse to enter a community where there was any suspicion of the plague being present, and would leave goods on the outskirts. Many places had a plaque stone near the boundary, which had a hollow on top containing vinegar. Local people left money in the vinegar as payment for goods, to prevent any contamination.
Such a stone is preserved at the south east end of Devil’s Bridge at Kirkby Lonsdale in Cumbria. An inscription thereon reads : ‘Fear God Honor the King 1633.’

The Ashton Memorial is situated in Williamson Park, Lancaster and has been described as England’s grandest folly and is often referred to as the Taj Mahal of the North. It was built between 1907 and 1909 by millionaire industrialist Baron Ashton in memory of his wife. It cost a staggering £80,000 to build – the equivalent of more than £4,500.000 in today’s money. It was designed by John Belcher in the Edwardian Baroque style and at 150 feet tall it dominates the local skyline. Built from Portland stone with a copper dome, the exterior of the building has sculptures representing Commerce, Industry, Science and Art. The interior floor is of black, white and red tiles with allegorical paintings inside the dome. It was damaged by fire in 1962 and restored in the mid 1980’s.

Tay Bridge Disaster

The Tay Railway Bridge some two miles in length and built in 1883-1888 is the successor to the ill-fated original bridge carrying the main line between Edinburgh and Aberdeen. The original bridge was blown down in a gale in 1879 whilst a train with six carriages was crossing and with heavy loss of life. The original bridge had been complete in 1878 to the design of Thomas Bouch who was responsible for the construction and maintenance of the bridge and he was knighted for his work shortly after Queen Victoria had used the bridge, At that time it was the longest bridge in the world. When the bridge collapsed it was thought that some 75 people were on the train and there were no survivors. A Court of Inquiry found that the fall of the bridge was occasioned by the insufficiency of the cross bracing and its fastenings to sustain the force of the gale. Bouch died within a year of the disaster his reputation in tatters. The disaster is one of the greatest bridge failures and is still one of the worst structural engineering failures in the UK.

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