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Lincoln Photos

I took a jaunt over to Lincoln last Saturday, mainly to see the cathedral and castle, including a climb up the central tower of the cathedral. Photos after the jump!

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Nottingham Sightseeing Photos

Rachael came to visit from London this week, and we did some sightseeing in Nottingham. It was great fun to see the Castle and eat at The Old Trip to Jerusalem—things I’d been wanting to do for a long time but haven’t gotten around to yet—as well as to walk around looking like tourists, taking pictures of everything we came across. These are my photos of  Nottingham sights. Continue reading Nottingham Sightseeing Photos

Early Medieval Derbyshire

One of the primary reasons I decided to come to England for my PhD was so that I could live in the country where the people I study lived. As a student of Anglo-Saxon language and literature, I’m thrilled anytime I can find a remnant of that society still in this country, as are my fellow students and our supervising faculty members. Last summer (around July 2015), some of them got together to plan a trip around Derbyshire to look at Anglo-Saxon artifacts still extant. Other than manuscripts (which you don’t normally find by the side of the road), these mainly consist of stone carvings and are often preserved in or near churches. This gallery, then, is a collection of photos I took during that trip—though not all of them are of specifically Anglo-Saxon items.

Visiting Durham Cathedral

I recently went to Durham, with the sole purpose of visiting the cathedral there. Durham Cathedral was originally founded by a group of Anglo-Saxon monks as the final resting-place for the remains of St Cuthbert, an important Anglo-Saxon bishop and, later, saint. After they established the cathedral in the crook of the River Wear, a town inevitably grew up around it. The cathedral still houses the remains of St Cuhtbert, as well as those of Bede and the head of St Oswald—all significant figures in Anglo-Saxon history and culture.

The original Anglo-Saxon cathedral was demolished after the Norman Conquest of 1066, and the Normans then rebuilt the church in the style they were used to from the Continent. Durham Cathedral is today one of the most magnificent examples of Norman architecture (called Romanesque architecture on the Continent) in the entire world, and it easily rivaled my visit to the Abbaye aux Hommes, commissioned by  William the Conqueror himself, in Caen a few years back.

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UK House Hunting 101, Lesson 1: Property Types

If you’ve ever tried to find a place to live in another country, you know how confusing it can all be. Real estate tends to have its own vocabulary, including lots of abbreviations, acronyms, and country-/government-specific terms. Even if you’re pretty good with the terminology in your own country, trying to decipher listings and understand pricing schemes in another place may take a lot of practice.

So today I present the first in a series of articles on house-hunting in the UK. Today’s lesson: types of properties.

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