Thursday, March 31, 2011

Traveling Thursdays: Mom Goes To Europe, 1955, Pt. 3

Back to Europe...the only information I have on this first photo is my mother’s caption, “Showcoach at Kentwood, Sept. 9, 1955.”

Next up we have a batch of shots all labeled Oxford, Magdalen Tower, Sept. 9, 1955. Magdalen Bell Tower is one of the oldest (and tallest) parts of Magdalen College, Oxford. Built of stone from 1492 and completed by 1509.

A shot of my Grandmother at Oxford.

Closing in for a view of what the well-dressed lady would wear in 1955. DO NOT forget the gloves!

The next day, my Mom and Grandmother visited Warwick Castle, on Sept. 10, 1955. It is a medieval castle in Warwick, the county town of Warwickshire, England that sits on a bend on the River Avon. The castle was built by William the Conqueror in 1068 and used as a fortification until the early 17th century, when Sir Fulke Greville converted it to a country house. It was owned by the Greville family, who became earls of Warwick in 1759, until 1978.

Getting literary on you...Shakespeare’s House, Sept. 10, 1955

Ann Hathaway’s (Shakespeare’s wife) family’s cottage:

Originally, the house was part of a 90-acre parcel. Not bad for a “cottage.”

Zooming in to the previous shot, you can see my Mom and Grandmother.

The Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Sept. 10, 1955. The present theatre opened in April 1932 on the site of the original Shakespeare Memorial Theatre which had been destroyed by fire on March 6, 1926. It is now managed by the Royal Shakespeare Company and was renamed Royal Shakespeare Theatre in 1961.

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Major Pepperidge said...

You must have been stoked to find these; even though my mom went on a similar trip in the 50's, she must not have taken any pictures.

Katella Gate said...

Your Grandmother is darling.

SuzyA said...

Loved and have really enjoyed Part 1, 2 and now Part 3 of your Mom and Grandmother's trip to Europe. Photos just fantastic! Hope there will be Part 4...and many more.

Jason Culley said...

Lived in the UK for 8 of the last 12 years and visited Warwick Castle . . . very cool!