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I bow to your superior knowledge in this matter. I have altered the title as implied in your helpful ststement. B & A.

I never got close to The Ridgeway on foot though I have driven through the area. Unfortunately my "ship delayed" touring opportunities did not give me a lot of time inland that far. I got several good ones in South Wales and S.W. England though and got to wander some of the ancient sites, including Stonehenge when one could wander among the stones.

Hi Cinza. The whole area is littered with prehistoric remains. It can feel quite a haunted place, especially in winter. It's well worth an hour or so on Google Earth. Best wishes, Bob. PS I have uploaded a few Greek Navigation Lights just for you, given your interest in matters maratime.

As the Great Western Railway bought the Somerset Coal Canal, closed it down and then built over many parts of it, I doubt that it would have gone to the trouble of building a bridge over the SCC at this location. I suspect that the purpose of the bridge was to maintain the right-of-way access for local landowners etc.

Yes, somewhat similar in ways. This building was never a plantation home but the settlement of the Bay and its major rivers was quite similar. In colonial days the rivers and Bay were the transportation arteries for tobacco that was the major cash crop. There is a pretty funny book, The Sot-Weed Factor (1960), by John Barth who took the title and some of the settings from Ebenezer Cook's 1708 book The Sot-weed Factor: or, A Voyage to Maryland describing the tobacco culture, Maryland plantations and society. It was much the same in Virginia, though Virginia's population then was a different segment of England's society.

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That's beautiful job. Nicely composed and well captured. Like - 1

Best Regards, Mehrdad

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Nice busy shot. B&A.

Hi, The woods near the old weigh house are now carpeted with bluebells. I expect that your Mum had a wonderful time there, especially with the little railway running past the front door. Regards, B & A.

Hi, Thank you for the information. I have deleted the titles on both pictures. Regards.

This NOT the New Passage Hotel - that was pulled down in the late 1970s


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