Saturday, 27 June 2015

Sunday Times Where Was I? Holiday Competition

Near as I can figure it, through the possibly flawed perceptual filters of my own reality tunnel, the most likely answers this week, seem to me to be:

Q1. Weston Park

Q2. Albrighton

The initial clues seem to place us at Lilleshall Abbey, north east of the town of Telford,  in Shropshire. The English Heritage web site claims that it was built by Augustinians c 1148. Travelling five miles or so, south east from the abbey, would take us to Weston Park, which was the family seat of the Earls of Bradford (motto Nic Temere, Nec Timide, "neither rashly nor timidly"), until the seventh earl, gifted it to the nation as they could not afford to pay the high death duties on it. The house lies in one thousand acres of parkland, which was landscaped by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown. An architect called 'James Paine' (born c 1717) according to some of the references I checked, built the Temple of Diana there c1760s.

Two miles or so, south south east of Weston Park, lies White Ladies Abbey and this is where Charles II, is said to have holed up c 1651 while on the run. English Heritage, claim that the abbey is 12th century in origin. Driving south from Weston Park would likely take us through the village of Tong, which is thought to be the model for the village that Charles Dicken's used in his book 'The Old Curiosity Shop', which was published c 1841 and this is where the quote "Five and thirty pounds a year in this beautiful place", comes from.

A politician who became president of the board of trade c1823, was William Huskisson. Some of his biographies say that he was educated at Brewood in Staffordshire, Albrighton in Shropshire and Appleby, in Leicestershire. The one which is in the area to fit in with the clues, is most likely Albrighton and this is a short distance south east of Cosford airfield(aka RAF Cosford), which has been home to the RAF's No1 SofTT (School of Technical Training) since c1993. The aerospace museum there, has the three Vs as exhibits and these are not a pop group but examples of some of the Royal Air Force's cold war era V bombers, the Victor, the Valiant and the Vulcan.

N.B. The Eastender has moved to moderated comments due to the number of people who normally write poison pen letters in green ink, posting on his page. Rest assured though, if you have a non abusive comment relating to solving the puzzle and possible solutions, he will publish it.

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