Leaving Salisbury at 0815 we headed towards Leighterton where the Australian Flying Corps had its training venue during the First World War. We visited the CWGC there to pay our respects to those lost due to accidents while training.
On the way we took a small detour as we did a "cook's" tour which included that famous Pulteney Bridge. Pulteney Bridge crosses the River Avon in Bath, England. It was completed by 1774, and connected the city with the newly built Georgian town of Bathwick. Designed by Robert Adam in a Palladian style, it is exceptional in having shops built across its full span on both sides.
Also visited was the Circus, an example of Georgian architecture begun in 1754 and completed in 1768. The name comes from the Latin "Circus" which means a ring, oval or circle. We also stopped to take some photos of the Royal Crescent which is a row of 30 terraced houses laid out in a sweeping crescent in the city of Bath, England. Designed by the architect John Wood the Younger and built between 1767 and 1774.
Arriving into Leighterton we firstly visited the Church that was built in 1215. The village is named in the Doomsday Book and the current village was built over the foundations of a mediaeval village. We conducted our small Service and then continued on our way to Aston Down where we intended to go gliding, however, there were some issues associated with the weather and we decided to move on towards Wolverhampton.
But first, we dropped into lovely Broadway, a wonderful village with its beautiful stonework that uses the same honey coloured stone that is used in Bath. A coffee in the Lygon Arms Hotel and a general browse through the village completed our time there. As the Heritage Railway, the Great Western Railway, has its headquarters at Pollington quite near to Broadway, we visited the site to discuss the timetable associated with the running of the Steam Trains over the Heritage Railway Line. This was in fact a reconnaissance as Heritage History Tours will be conducting a steam train odyssey in late August 2017 visiting and travelling in the Steam Trains of the UK.
Following that very valuable visit we left for Wolverhampton where we will stay the night. Off to Cosford in the morning.