Twixt Thames and Tweed. - PDF book by Photochrom company

Twixt Thames and Tweed

Twixt Thames and Tweed



If Westward the Course of Empire takes its way, equally is it true that Northward lies the route for visiting the greatest of an Empire's monuments.

 The Great Northern route is essentially the one to be adopted by all who, travelling for pleasure, take an interest in cathedrals, castles and other objects around which is clustered so much of the sanctity, the history and romance of our country. Could a more glorious group representing cathedral grandeur be found than in the noble piles of St. Albans, Peterborough, Lincoln, York and Durham ? and of picturesque historical ruins let just mention be made of Crowland, St. Mary's at York, Fountains, Rievaulx, and Lindisfarne on Holy Island, and of castles the recounting of the deeds of valour associated with each would fill a larger volume than this? 

Thus so far we deal with the monuments of the past, all easily accessible from one or other of the many seaside health resorts from Lowestoft to Edinburgh; a brief description of the attractions of each being the main object of this book. How quaintly modern travel compares with the ancient! 

It is not possible to enlarge here on the growth and triumph of the locomotive which has reformed travel from the ex- pensive necessity of the few to the inexpensive luxury of the many. Why, it was the driver of the old Peterborough ' ' Tally Ho ! ' ' coach who, sneering at the projection of the Northampton Railway, used to whip up his horses and sing: 

— " Let the steam-pot hiss Until it is hot, Give me the speed of The Tally Ho ! trot."

At the worst of times, the early spring, the belt of sandhills, which is the characteristic feature of the beach, serves as a shelter against the winds. The air of the Lincolnshire Coast is remarkably bracing, and in summer, when the breezes are chiefly from the sea, it is as pure as any in England, coming as it does over an unbroken stretch of 200 miles of ocean. When the wind is off the land it is also fresh and clear. Passing as it does over miles of the open country entirely devoted to agriculture, it is peculiarly free from smoke and other impurities incidental to manufacturing districts. To this testimony may be added the fact that the air is so strong as to be high provocative of sleep on the first experience of it. You obtain sound rest at night, which is an inestimable boon to the tired brain-worker. Apart from the idea of the east wind, Lincolnshire is alleged to be a county of marshes and consequently damp and unhealthy. As a matter of fact, the fens of Lincolnshire are a thing of the past.

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  • Author: Photochrom company
  • Publication dateL 1910
  • Company: London, The Photochrom Co., Ltd

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