England & Scotland With Trafalgar: Day 4

December 1, 2013

In order to understand England, you need to understand the Industrial Revolution — a major turning point in not only Britain’s history, but the world’s.  Almost every single aspect of daily life was influenced in some way by the transition to new manufacturing processes and the average income of the population began to exhibit unprecedented and sustained growth.

Trafalgar allowed us to get up close and personal with the Industrial Revolution, as they took us to visit Quarry Bank Mill, a regeneration project that they are supporting through their TreadRight foundation.  Run by the National Trust, the Quarry Bank Mill in Cheshire is one of the best preserved textile mills and is now a museum of the cotton industry.  There we were provided with an unique insight into how extremely challenging it was to be a factory worker, especially of a child’s age, in Victorian times.

Afterwards we departed for York.  A walled city located at the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss in North Yorkshire, it is rich in history and has provided the backdrop to major political, royal, and religious occasions throughout its two millennia of existence.  It became an important trading center during the Middle Ages and then later evolved into the capital of the Church of England, a role it has since retained.

The city offers a wealth of attractions, of which York Minster is the most prominent.  It is easily one of the most beautiful Gothic cathedrals and holds the seat of the Archbishop of York, the second-highest office of the Church of England.  “The Heart of Yorkshire” has the largest expanse of medieval stained glass in the world, some dating back to the 14th Century.

Quickly before dinner we checked into the Hilton York Hotel, adjacent to Clifford’s Tower, another popular York attraction, before setting out for the main event of the day.

The gracious Bell family had invited us into their magnificent Whitwell Hall for a home-cooked Be My Guest dining experience with them.  This exclusive opportunity, which would have been impossible to experience without Trafalgar, allowed me a slice of English country life.  It is not often you get to feel like English royalty, even if only for a few hours.  Over delicious, hearty local food, the Bell’s regaled us with intriguing stories about their 18th Century estate.

York, England
I was completely and unexpectedly enchanted by York.  Unfortunately, I had less than half a day to explore its ancient, cobblestone streets, however I have no doubt that I will return to it for a longer period of time in the future.  It is a place that will stay in my thoughts forever.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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38 thoughts on “England & Scotland With Trafalgar: Day 4

  1. Gayla

    These are wonderful photos! I’ve heard some great things about York and really hope I make it there some day. It looks beautiful and the history really appeals to me. Thanks!

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  2. Colleen Brynn

    You did a beautiful job capturing the York cathedral. You have a real creative flair – love those reflection shots and all the different angles.
    And wow, what an amazing experience to have dinner at that estate. I’m jealous! That’s right up my alley.

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  3. Hannah

    The photos look awesome! Great captures of England. Makes us want to fast forward to our Eurotrip. But we are still here in Australia Whitsunday. so it’s really bittersweet. Enjoy your trip!

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  4. Crazy Shenanigans

    I love York! These pictures totally took me back there! I went there once for a few days when I was visiting family in England. I took the train there from North Allerton. The Minster is a great place! Did you happen to see the Viking museum?

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  5. Victoria

    Hi Andi, thank you for this post. As a child of the North – Manchester originally! – it makes me feel a little homesick as I haven’t been to York in years!
    You’ve captured the historical aspect of York quite well and that’s why I love it- the Vikings, Romans, Saxons, all encumbered together. Love it!

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  6. Emily in Chile

    I am only now seeing that you went to the Quarry Bank Mill – that’s right by where we live in the UK 🙂 And York is SO beautiful. I love that you got to explore the North West!

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