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Monday, April 25, 2016

Ardvreck Castle

Ardvreck Castle is a ruined fortress on a small promontory of land jutting out into Loch Assynt in Sutherland, Scotland.

Located under the brooding bulk of Quinag, Ardvreck Castle was the traditional seat of the MacLeods of Assynt.

Ardvreck Castle, Sutherland, Scotland.

Ardvreck Castle was built by Angus Mor III in the late 15th century. The promontory is sometimes cut off by high water, leaving Ardvreck on its very own island.

Like all good British castles, Ardvreck Castle is supposedly haunted - by two ghosts.

Ardvreck Castle is 11 miles east of the village of Lochniver and easily accessible from the North Coast 500 highway, which opened in 2015.

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Shandy Hall & Laurence Sterne

Laurence Sterne was born in 1713. He was an Irish clergyman and novelist best known for his novels "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman" and "A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy". Laurence Sterne died in 1768 in London after a long battle with tuberculosis. Sterne's home from 1760 to 1768 was Shandy Hall.

Shandy Hall.

Shandy Hall is currently a writer's house museum but was formerly the home of the Rev. Laurence Sterne, where he lived as perpetual curate of Coxwold. Shandy Hall is located in Coxwold, North Yorkshire. The house is a Grade I listed building.

Shandy Hall.

Laurence Sterne was also known for his support of the abolitionist cause.

Laurence Sterne.

Visitors to Shandy Hall are requested to park in Coxwold, which is situated 4 miles off the A19 between York and Thirsk. Literary visitors to Yorkshire may also want to visit Haworth and the Bronte Parsonage Museum or venture to nearby cities such as Leeds or Manchester.

Shandy Hall
Coxwold, York
YO61 4AD
Tel: 01347 868465
Hours: Shandy Hall is open to the public from 1 May to 30 September, every Wednesday and Sunday (2.30pm to 4.30pm)



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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Church of the Holy Name of Jesus Manchester

The Church of the Holy Name of Jesus is a Grade I listed building on Oxford Road in the university district of Manchester.

The church, the largest in Manchester, was built between 1869 and 1871 by architect Joseph Aloysius Hansom (1803-1822), with the tower, designed by Adrian Gilbert Scott (1882-1963), added later in 1928.

Church of the Holy Name of Jesus Manchester.

The Church of the Holy Name of Jesus was established by the Jesuits and initially served the large Catholic population of Irish workers who had flocked to Manchester to find work in the city's mills and factories after the Great Irish Famine of the 1840's and 50's.

The congregation dwindled during the 1980's but has recently revived thanks to a variety of innovative events held at the church. The Church of the Holy Name of Jesus now has close links to Manchester University.

Church of the Holy Name of Jesus Manchester.

Masses are held on weekdays at  1.05pm, 6pm (Chapel); Saturday 11.00am; Sunday 9.15am (Chapel) 12pm and 7pm.

Holy Name Manchester
339 Oxford Rd
M13 9PG
Tel: 0161 272 8674

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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Sportsman Inn Hayfield

The Sportsman Inn is a pleasant country pub in the village of Hayfield at the foot of Kinder Scout in the Peak District.

Sportsman Inn Hayfield Derbyshire.

If the weather is fine there are seats in the garden at the rear and even the odd grave for company. The pub is known as dog-friendly and has an open fire in the bar in cold weather.

Sportsman Inn Hayfield Derbyshire.

There's a range of cask ales, whiskies and wines in the bar. The Sportsman Inn offers good food including steak, beer battered fresh haddock and chips, sandwiches and a Sunday roast.

The Sportsman Inn
Kinder Rd, Hayfield
High Peak SK22 2LE
Tel: 01663 741565

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