In this new A-Z Challenge, my theme is A SENSE OF PLACE where I will be:
- Linking my interests in history, travel & photography.
- Featuring places connected with my own family history.
- Highlighting places with happy memories.
- Shining the spotlight on place names that appeal
B is for:
|The tower from North Pier|
My mother's Danson family came from nearby Poulton-le-Fylde, a much older settlement which is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1085-86. The Dansons are at the core of my family history activities, traced back to 1736.
BILSTON, Wolverhampton, was the birthplace in 1912 of my father John Weston. In the previous year's census, the family were living at Lunt Lane, Lunt Gardens, but this rural sounding place name was a bit belied by learning that this was the area of the sewerage works.
|The famous bridge linking Broseley and Ironbridge |
was built in 1779,
Many of the developments celebrated by the industrial heritage sites of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums started in Broseley or were connected to the town.
|The imposing Massachusetts State House in Boston|
Boston played a key role in American history. In 1630, colonists from England, led by John Winthrop, the first governor, founded the town, which quickly became the political, commercial, financial, religious and educational centre of New England. In the 1770's the American Revolution erupted in Boston, and in the Civil War 90 years later, Boston was the base for anti-slavery activities. The 19th century saw large influxes of Irish and Italian immigrants. Assassinated President John F. Kennedy was born in Boston.
BAVARIA Bavaria in southern Germany is one of our favourite holiday destinations and in many ways it is very similar to neighbouring Austria - lakes and mountains, chalets, imposing monments, impressive architecture, and with pride in its environment, culture and costume - but it has a different history. Once a separate dukedom and then monarchy, it became part of the newly formed German empire in 1871 The highlights of our visits have included the city of Munich, charming rural villages, Regensburg, the best preserved medieval town in Europe and the over-the-top royal palaces built by King Ludwig II - the most famous Neuschwanstein - the model for the Disneyland castle. The distinctive blue and white flag is often proudly displayed, as in this wall mural.