Saturday, August 02, 2008

Plymouth Hoe & Barbican UK

Hello. Thanks for visiting.

Did you enjoy the photos of Beijing? Now we are moving west all the way to Plymouth in the southwest of England. I lived here from when I was 10 to when I left home to study at Liverpool University. My beloved parents, sister and brother-in-law, youngest niece, and two great nieces and one great nephew all live there now!

Plymouth is in a very beautiful part of the UK. It sits on the border between Devon and Cornwall. The Centre of Plymouth was pretty much destroyed during World War II. There is an old part called “the Barbican” which is what survived. The Pilgrim Fathers left from here to go to America. Then there is Plymouth Hoe, where its most famous landmark, Smeaton’s Tower, stands (see the first photo).

Don't forget you can click on the blue links to get more information.

I hope you enjoy your “visit”.



View to the west from the Hoe

Looking east

Tinside Pool. An original 1930’s outdoor lido
swimming pool

Great colours

Beyond the pool you can see Drake's Island

View of the pool and the lighthouse

If only the weather was like this most
of the time.......

The breakwater you see and the area at the
beginning of the breakwater is Mount Batten.
It used to be an RAF Marine Base.
My father worked there for many years.
He built and maintained the small, fast rescue
boats that would pick up pilots who ditched
into the sea.

A rather empty pleasure boat!

Mount Batten

Longer view

The lighthouse, Smeaton's Tower

The Promenade with hotels on the right

First and Second World War Memorial

Plymouth Guildhall, the place where I saw many
fantastic rock bands in the 70's including
King Crimson, Pink Floyd and Jethro Tull

Elizabethan/Tudor Merchant House

Street in the Barbican

Barbican Waterfront

Traditional Pub

Great art work on Cap'n Jasper's eating place!

Clubs and pub

I guess this photo speaks for itself!
But click on GIN to find out more