The English Lake District

Brief description

Located in northwest England, the English Lake District is a mountainous area, whose valleys have been modelled by glaciers in the Ice Age and subsequently shaped by an agro-pastoral land-use system characterized by fields enclosed by walls. The combined work of nature and human activity has produced a harmonious landscape in which the mountains are mirrored in the lakes. Grand houses, gardens and parks have been purposely created to enhance the beauty of this landscape. This landscape was greatly appreciated from the 18th century onwards by the Picturesque and later Romantic movements, which celebrated it in paintings, drawings and words. It also inspired an awareness of the importance of beautiful landscapes and triggered early efforts to preserve them.

Unesco WHS list ref: 422

I grew up in this area, so although I haven’t visited for many years, I know parts of it very well. I’ve climbed many of the hills, and spent time exploring lakes, waterfalls and enjoying the scenery – including the beautiful Wastwater screes and Great Gable, shown in the card below.

From my collection

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Cards to swap

Lots of cards available from this site – scans to be added.

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Gorham’s Cave Complex

Brief description

The steep limestone cliffs on the eastern side of the Rock of Gibraltar contain four caves with archaeological and paleontological deposits that provide evidence of Neanderthal occupation over a span of more than 125,000 years. This exceptional testimony to the cultural traditions of the Neanderthals is seen notably in evidence of the hunting of birds and marine animals for food, the use of feathers for ornamentation and the presence of abstract rock engravings.

Unesco WHS list ref:  1500

I have never visited this site.

From my collection

I don’t have any cards to represent this site yet.

Cards to swap

No spare cards available from this site.

Canterbury Cathedral, St Augustine’s Abbey, and St Martin’s Church

Brief description

This site in Kent comprises 3 distinct areas: the cathedral, which is the oldest in England and a magnet for pilgrims and tourists alike, St Augustine’s Abbey – now a ruin in the care of English Heritage, and St Martin’s Church – a short walk from the other 2 and much less visited, this small church is the oldest in England.

Its probably one of the closest sites to where I live, so we’ve visited many times.

Unesco WHS list ref: 496

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From my collection

I have too many cards to count! I share here one of each part of the site:

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Cards to swap

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Canterbury – 1

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Canterbury – 2

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Canterbury – 3

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Canterbury – 4

Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd

Brief description

This site comprises the 4 castles commissioned by King Edward: Beaumaris, Harlech, Caernarfon and Conwy.

I went to university in Wales, but I haven’t visited all of these castles yet. I’ve seen Harlech, but am looking forward to seeing the others – especially Caernarfon, where you can stay in part of it, as it is managed by the Landmark Trust!

Unesco WHS list ref: 374

From my collection

Cards of each castle:

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Beaumaris

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Conwy

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Caernarfon

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Harlech

Cards to swap

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Wales – 1

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Wales – 2, Harlech

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Wales – 3, Conwy

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Wales – 4, Caernarfon

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Wales – 5, Caernarfon 2

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Wales – 6, Harlech 2

Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape

Brief description

Lots of sites make up this WHS, including ruined mines perched precariously on clifftops, and restored mine engines which give a hint of the industry which went on. In the early 19th century, the region produced 2/3 of the world’s supply of copper, and the miners also extracted tin.

We’ve visited a couple of times, this mine engine is near Redruth

Unesco WHS list ref: 1215

From my collection

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Cards to swap

 

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cornwall-2Cornwall – 2

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Cornwall – 3

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Cornwall – 4

City of Bath

Brief description

City founded by the Romans, at the centre is a spa, which in the 18th century developed into a highly fashionable place to visit – the roman pools becoming surrounded by elegant Georgian neoclassical Palladian buildings.

We’ve visited a couple of times – once by steam train to see their christmas market. I found their official plaque by the main Baths.

Unesco WHS list ref:428

From my collection

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Cards to swap:

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Bath – 2

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Bath – 3

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Bath – 4

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Bath – 7

Derwent Valley Mills

Brief description

Evidence of industry in central England, this site contains a series of 18th- and 19th- century cotton mills. The modern factory owes its origins to the mills at Cromford, where Richard Arkwright’s inventions were first put into industrial-scale production. Another site where you can stay in a property managed by the Landmark Trust.

We’ve visited the area just once, wandered round Cromford mills and stopped off at Masson mill (below)

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Unesco WHS list ref: 1030

From my collection

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Cards to swap

Apologies for the terrible quality of these photos-  all the cards are bright and sharp – no blue tinge.

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Derwent – 1

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Derwent – 2

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Derwent – 3

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Derwent – 4

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Derwent – 5

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Derwent – 6