As I look through the photos from my recent 5-week trip to the UK, several themes occur to me, one of which is old buildings.

They start with Leek, near Stoke-on-Trent, where I went out for a short wander before rain sent me scurrying back. (I hadn’t expected to need a raincoat.)Leek Leek Leek

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Then there was York, which has its fair share of ancient buildings.

Clifford’s Tower

York Cathedral

York Cathedral

St Mary's Abbey, gardens of Yorkshire Museum

St Mary’s Abbey, gardens of Yorkshire Museum

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While staying in the Wye Valley, we saw:

Tintern Abbey

Tintern Abbey

Bath: Roman Baths

Bath: Roman Baths

St Martin's Church, Cwmyoy

St Martin’s Church, Cwmyoy. Yes, it really does lean even more than that tower in Pisa.

Llanthony Priory

Llanthony Priory

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Those buildings have seen so many events since they were built: war and peace, births and deaths. Despite it all, they’re still standing, ready for us to enter between their ancient walls, read their ancient signs and muse on centuries of history.

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