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  • From Connecticut, United States
  • Currently in Ormskirk, England

Summer in the British Isles 2010

Running around England, Scotland and Ireland for the summer.

Rufford Old Hall

England Ormskirk, England  |  Jun 02, 2010
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  • Our tour guide told us that there is some evidence to suggest that William Shakespeare might have been at Rufford Old Hall when he was a boy, since a visit from a William Shakeshaft, a common version of his surname, was said to be at the house in 1585, which coincides with his absence from Stratford-on-Avon.

 it was entirely cool to be hanging out in a place that is so important to the history of rock and roll. 

Sunday night was my brothers last night in Liverpool, so Jocelyn and I went to meet up with him and George and Hannah and their friends from Liverpool Uni at the Cavern Club. The Cavern Club is where the Beatles used to perform before they were famous. I'm not a huge Beatles fan, but it was still entirely cool to be hanging out in a place that is so important to the history of rock and roll.

They were in the middle of an eight night run called International Pop Overthrow, where 150 bands from all over the world come to the Cavern Club to play. The first band that was playing when we got there was from Tokyo, Japan, and we saw bands from Bath, the Netherlands, Scotland, New Jersey and New York! It was truly an international affair, and the bands were great. They played cover songs as well as originals, and Jocelyn, my brother and I all got the tour t-shirt they were selling for 10 pounds as a reminder of the night.

After a little while we went into an adjoining room where a Beatles tribute band was playing. The guys were all wearing matching white shirts, black vests and black ties and looked like they were having an absolute blast playing for everyone. I sung along to the songs I knew and had a great time in general. Then it was time for Jocelyn and I to catch the last train to Ormskirk, so I said my goodbyes to my brother and we left, stopping for our required McFlurry along the way.

Today we took a day trip to Rufford Old Hall. It is a beautiful victorian house and gardens dating from 1530 and built by Sir Thomas Hesketh. We took a short tour, which was enjoyable since our guide was very informed and let us know interesting little facts about life back when the house was in full swing. For example, how Victorians couldn't stand the sound of a cold spoon coming out of jelly, so they had spoon warmers on the dinner table. And how the giant screen in the great hall was built with deliberate imperfections since back then no one apart from God was supposed to be able to make anything perfect. The house was gorgeous inside and out, and Jocelyn and I had a great time exploring the gardens and walking through the fields and flowers and trees. It just made me think about the amount of work that goes into maintaining such a large estate, and how many people there must have been when the house was at its height of activity. It's so crazy to think that people were actually lucky enough to live in a place like that. I've always had a thing for big houses, there's something so mysterious and romantic about them and it's my goal to live in one like that someday.

After we came back, the weather was still beautiful, so Jocelyn and I decided to take our blanket out to our usual sunbathing spot by the football pitches. We laid out for about an hour, catching some rays and listening to music--so relaxing. There were some boys playing a match behind us as well. It started to make me sad that we were leaving Edge Hill, since I love it so much here, but I'm excited to continue on our journey.

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