Frank and I have now made our way to the North Sea Coast, thanks to our able companion and guide, Heidi’s husband, Gareth Schachtschneider-Williams.
Our first stop Saturday was to see the port city of Hull’s Humber Bridge, said to be the fifth largest single-span suspension bridge in the world.
If you’re also interested in the great bridges of the world, Greensboro Public Library’s holdings include the recent Bridges: The Science and Art of the World’s Most Inspiring Structures (2010).
Later, in the old part of the city, we visited the William Wilberforce house and museum. Wilberforce was of course the English politician who fought relentlessly to abolish slavery in England during the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
His efforts were the subject of the recent film Amazing Grace, and the library also has an excellent biography of Wilberforce by William Hague called William Wilberforce: The Life of the Great Anti-slave Trade Campaigner (2007).
After Hull, we proceeded north up the coast, but took time to visit the parish church of the tiny village of Rudston where one can see a giant neolithic monolith (26 feet high) that was erected over 4000 years ago. Our stop in Rudston also included an excellent lunch at a local tavern where the barman regaled us with amusing stories.
If you’d like to read about megalithic monuments like the one at Rudston, try Bronze Age Britain by Michael Parker Pearson (2005) or Great Stone Circles: Fables, Fictions, Facts by Aubrey Burl (1999).
By evening we had just made it to the splendid seaside village of Robin Hood’s Bay, which is quite simply one of the most picturesque places I’ve ever had the good fortune to see. But more about that in our next post.