Last night we stayed at the Glebe Hotel in Barford. It was built in the 1820s as a rectory to the church of St. Peter and remained in private hands until 1948. It was then turned into a small country house hotel. The inner rooms overlook a small courtyard and the students liked their adjoining balconies!
Three miles up the road is Warwick Castle, our big stop for the day. The site first was built on in 914 by princess Ethelfleda, daughter of Alfred the great. It is always a bonus to learn about strong women leaders, especially that long ago. She ordered the construction of a fortification to protect against the Vikings. As the years went on, the fortification was added to and built upon, with the stone castle you see today originally built by William the Conquerer in 1068. The castle survived attacks throughout the ages and changed hands multiple times. Original armor and artifacts were displayed inside. A well-preserved first and second floor enabled us to get a glimpse of what the royal life was like during the 1700s and beyond. We saw an archery demonstration which ended with the archer shooting one of the students coffee cup off of a stake 50 yards away. Alas, we couldn’t save the cup but Mr. V. got some great video footage! We were able to climb the towers and walk along the walls, enjoying incredible views from the top. An amazing site loaded with history.
A long bus ride up to Leeds ended our day and we enjoyed a meal that included traditional Yorkshire Pudding, not what we expected it to look like but pretty interesting nonetheless! We leave early in the morning for York, Hadrian’s Wall and Edinburgh. Our coach driver is a Glasgow native and has been sharing much Scottish info with us, we are excited to see for ourselves. More to come tomorrow!