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Published: February 12th 2015
The Humber Bridge - our adventure into Lincolnshire
This held the title of longest suspension bridge for a number of years, now it is number 2.
Back at Roos we set out on another long day trip - this time to Lincolnshire. Our journey took us across the Humber bridge, the world's second longest suspension bridge, that is built near the site Romans would ford the river as they travelled north/south between Lincoln and York.
Our first stop was at Fran and Mr. A's lovely historic cottage. The exterior walls were built with the lovely local sandstone, which Fran pointed out had a number of great fossils visible to the naked eye. Inside was like walking into the past. The ceiling head hight was incredibly low, but still very comfortable and the rough hewn timber beams showed the history of hundreds of years of age. Fran explained that when age they had found that the floor above was made up of straw, horse hair and dried mud that had worn thin with the footfall of past occupants. Outside the garden was in hibernation, but I imagine would be extremely lovely in spring with new foliage and flowers.
We all loaded into the car and set out for our next stop at Cadney. This was my second genealogical stop
of the trip. Again if you are to believe the records my maternal grandfather's family, an Edward Hazen was born in Cadney in 1614. Edward was the first Hazen to immigrate to what was to become America some time before 1630.
Cadney was significantly larger than Hazon to the north, but still only consisted of 30 or so homes and an old village church that dated to the 12th C. The church was surrounded by an old graveyard with headstones dated all the way back to the 1700's; and was set slightly above the surrounding fields as the area was prone to flooding. I was thinking that the church would be locked, but to my great surprise the door was unlocked. We made our way in and got to explore the small church that was full of history and in need of maintenance and care. While it might be fanciful to believe this was Edward's church there is every possibility that he would have sat in the nave 400 years ago - planning his immigration to the Colonies. Even more exciting was to examine and touch the Norman baptism font - was Edward baptised in this vessel?
Cadney All Saints Church
the earliest part of the church is from the 12th c.
who knows, but it was great fun to imagine.
After a bit of a SatNav misdirection that tried to send us over a canal over a farmer's maintenance track we were back on the road for Lincoln.
Lincoln, Lincoln, Lincoln.... is my new favourite gothic cathedral! The setting of the cathedral and the expansive grounds were amazing and we were very fortunate to see the nave empty of seats - amplifying the scale of the building. The highlight was the roof top tour that took us (Ju and I) into the heart of the stone walls, up into the bell tower and along the forest of massive ancient oak trusses set over the nave. Including the 2 1/2 hour tour we had been at the cathedral for well over four hours.
We met the others including Mary and Gary at an old pub just under the castle walls to warm up our nearly frostbitten fingers. Once we'd warmed up we went to mary and Gary's place for dinner and an impromptu photo shoot that Madge insisted on - despite the late hour (well after 8pm) and our dishevelled tourist look. 😊
4 Jan was a day of rest, that included a homemade brunch at one of Madge's friend's place near Roos. The afternoon was spent getting ready for a whirlwind tour of London.
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