The trouble with researching family history is that you can get sidetracked and I have been very seriously sidetracked this week. Instead of spending my time in a coal mining village in Leicestershire I have found myself reading about Chateau Gaillard. This rather impressive castle, that overlooked the River Seine in Normandy, is now in ruins as you can see from the image below and its ownership had ping-ponged between the French and the English during the Hundred Years War. It was finally taken by the French in 1449.
I was looking into the career of Thomas Beaumont who died in 1457 and who had held the manor of Coleorton, the home of my ancestors, that I found myself in reading about the castle. Beaumont was Captain of Chateau Gaillard and was part of John, Duke of Bedford's forces in France. Thomas Beaumont was a veteran of the Siege of Orleans and had brought 800 troops from England to aid the English cause in Paris in 1429.
Yesterday, my husband and I set off in our new motorhome The Richard III the Second, (we sold the Richard III just before Christmas) for a long weekend away. Our first destination was Spalding with a visit to Aysgoughfee Hall and later a tour of the Fens of Cambridgeshire in search of Hereward the Wake. We intended on ending the day on a campsite situated on the banks of The Little Ouse. On Saturday we were to take a train into Ely for lunch and to see Oliver Cromwell's House, Ely Cathedral and the Stained Glass Window Museum. On the Sunday we were to take a leisurely drive back home for tea cooked for us by daughter number two via Castle Bytham in our home county of Lincolnshire.
Sadly our adventure came to an abrupt end, we only got as far as a car park in Spalding, mind you finding a parking space in Spalding is an adventure itself I can tell you. Anyway, once parked up we noticed a trail of liquid on the concrete below us - yes poor Richard was leaking diesel! How disappointing and annoying! After much lying on the cold floor and looking at the engine, we headed for home with the dial on the fuel gauge showing us how much fuel we'd lost just getting there !! Spalding is only an hours drive from us so there was no problem really, so we were soon back home.
So it's Saturday morning and I am here on my computer, the husband has just discovered we've won £2.50 on the Euro Millions and the grandson is coming over for pancakes later (they are presently his favourite) so the weekends not spoilt after all. Also, the Richard III the Second is all mended and the riverside camping site is booked for another weekend later next month.
Now at some point in the forthcoming week, I would have been sharing with you my photographs and telling you about the historical facts I had found along the way. But never mind, here are a few images taken from Google and a bit of information about some of the places we didn't get to visit:
Ayscoughfee Hall was built in 1429 by a wool merchant named Richard Aldwyn whose son became Lord Mayor of London. The Hall had alterations made in the Tudor and Elizabethian times and has a lovely garden surrounded by a long brick wall (which is all I managed to see as we sped past.)
The Fens includes large parts of the counties of Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire and smaller parts of Norfolk and Suffolk, it is on the whole as flat as the aforementioned pancake and usually wet - no mountains for us!
Ely Cathedral built in the 7th century on a site where St Etheldreda's abbey once stood. It's an amazing structure with 288 steps in a spiral staircase all the way to the top. It is also England's third longest
Sometimes when I am researching I have so much going on in my head that I just have to write it down. Often, as I muddle along making connection my notes turn into a blog
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Thomas Vaughan: An Introduction
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- Taylor Introduction >
- Tosny of Normandy >
- Toon of Leicestershire: Introduction >
- Underwood of Coleorton Introduction
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