2010 TRIP TO ENGLAND, by Colin L. Miller

Intro June 10 June 11 June 12 June 13 June 14 June 15 June 16 June 17 June 18 June 19 June 20 June 21 June 22 June 23 June 24 June 25 June 26 Expense Report


I got up at 6:50 to get ready for the next part of my trip: Warwick. Forty minutes later I was downstairs for the usual breakfast. When finished, I handed over 90 cash to the proprietor and joined the pedestrian traffic (mostly schoolkids). At the train station's ticket window I got a one-way on Chiltern Railways to Warwick (WRW) for 10.10 cash. At 8:45 I was waiting on Platform 1, then I noticed a change and crossed over to the other platform. Ten minutes later I was on the train. One hour and four minutes later I got off at Birmingham Snow Hill station to transfer to the next train at Platform 2.

I arrived at WRW at 10:47. This was a very small station with a small, one floor red brick office building & lounge and a pedestrian underpass to the other side. The platform was mostly uncovered except for a small shelter. Like I had practiced on Google street view, I headed southeast on Station Road to Coventry Road and south to Coten End & Emscote Road. I arrived at Park House Guest House B&B 13 minutes later and checked in. They did not have the same room, but a larger one was available at 5 per day extra, which was ok.

After leaving my baggage in the room, I went back out, at 11:30, and headed back along Emscote Rd-Coten End, then further southwest on Smith Street to High Street and a few blocks southwest to Church Street southeast to Warwick Castle entrance. There was a short line and I got tickets to the castle and the dungeon tour, 22.95 & 5. The tour wasn't for a while so I wandered the castle grounds, climbing up to the towers and following the narrow passageways down and back up to the next tower then coming out and the ground level with a museum area. Then I got in the dungeon tour line, got a souvenir photo, and went in. This tour was mostly a Halloween-ish, spooky-ghoulish show involving the Black Death, harsh medieval conditions, torture chambers, etc.

I visited a few more areas of the castle and grounds before leaving at 2:00 pm in time to visit the county archives. I retrieved my netbook from my room and went back to Coten End where it splits into St. Nicholas Church St/Smith St/Priory Rd, and took Priory Rd. west by the edge of Priory Park to the archives building. After checking in, I went through some transcript books and microfilm records to see if I could find info on the Manks & Proctor families. I did not find much in 2 hours, by closing time. They were open on Saturday so I could return. I then left and walked through Priory Park to Coten End and got an early dinner at Subway, 5.09.

I was back at my room at 6:15. My upper floor window had a northern view and I could see the elevated railroad about a block away. Every now and then a train would pass by. In the air I could see low-flying jets heading towards Birmingham.

I went to bed at 10:30. Tomorrow I'd visit Stratford-upon-Avon.

Intro June 10 June 11 June 12 June 13 June 14 June 15 June 16 June 17 June 18 June 19 June 20 June 21 June 22 June 23 June 24 June 25 June 26 Expense Report