Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Where's That Then? No 11

The 1900s saw a plethora of partwork magazines that could be collected and then sent away to get bound into one, or many, volumes. Nothing changes then, as we saw once again in the New Year when you could build your own aircraft carrier in weekly instalments. This picture's from a collection called 'Beautiful Britain', (beautifully done as it happens, in half leather) and this fairly fanciful watercolour was by L. Burleigh Bruhl. Any clues, you ask. Well, it's one of the most visited spots in England, but only really since 1839. I've only been here once, and fled. Which isn't really giving it a chance. I expect to hear amazing stories of more profound visits.


Lemon Kelly said...

Could it be Cheddar Gorge?

rig7 said...

Certainly looks like Cheddar Gorge to me. It is an odd, but interesting, mix of inland seaside and natural grandeur. I quite like that but would not blame those who flee.

Are there other sites where tourist tat threatens to overwhelm nature in this way?

Peter Ashley said...

Well Done Lemon Kelly. It is indeed the oft frequented geological fault in the Mendips.

Interesting thought rig7. First that comes to mind must be Lands End, closely followed by the Lakeside development at the southern end of Lake Windermere.

DC said...

Matlock must be a candidate.

Peter Ashley said...

I haven't been to Matlock recently, but from what I see of the neglect of buildings and the streets lined with motorcyle gangs then it would appear to have lost some of its precarious magic.

Wartime Housewife said...

I was going to say Brigadoon, but that's never going to be the answer is it?

Peter Ashley said...

It could be WH, what was it, once in a hundred years?

Philip Wilkinson said...

Ah, Cheddar Gorge. The tourist tat has been building up for a long time (I remember being taken there by my parents in c. 1959). What happened in 1839? The discovery of some caves? Or the arrival of the railway to the area?

Peter Ashley said...

Discovery of one of the largest caves I think Philip. With an enormous mouse trap in it.

Wartime Housewife said...

Discovery of Gough's Cave I believe, Phil. Still wonderful and you can easily screen out the tat. I did my first ever caving under Cheddar Gorge and was immediately hooked.

The best thing there currently is a fascinating museum of cannibalism which was one of the most thought provoking exhibitions I have ever seen.

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