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Whitmore, England - 5/1/2018

Sarah had done some online searches into the history of the Whitmore family.  She traced the Whitmore lineage to Staffordshire Country in the West Midlands of England.  Within the country is the small village of Whitmore and that was our destination for today.

Our journey began in London at Euston Station at 9:45am as our train departed on its two hour trip to Stoke-On-Trent.

Train ride

We arrived at the train station at noon, where the four of us then crowded into a taxi for the 10 minute ride to Whitmore.

We walked the narrow village street.  There were picturesque rural country hillsides with cattle grazing.  The homes and buildings of the village are the very image of quintessential English country living.

Whitmore, England

We found our way to the Whitmore Tea Rooms, a place Sarah and I had previously found researching our trip.  I chose to have breakfast and had oatcakes with eggs and sausage, salad, breakfast tea.

Whitmore Tea Rooms

Whitmore Tea Rooms

Next we walked onto the vast grounds of Whitmore Hall.  We had traveled all this way to tour the historic manor which has been in the same family for over 900 years.

Whitmore Hall

The tour was conducted by a member of the area historical society.  She guided us through nearly every room of the home as she told of the history of the family and pointed out several members of the family portrayed in the many portraits on the walls.  At the end of the tour we happened to be able to meet the owner, Guy Cavenagh-Mainwaring.

We then toured the grounds surrounding the home including the stables, lakes and gardens.

Whitmore Hall


Whitmore Hall

Adjacent to Whitmore Hall and its grounds is the Parish Church of Saint Mary and All Saints Whitmore.  There we visited the church grounds and cemetery.

Whitmore Church

Before leaving Whitmore we decided to stop back in at the Whitmore Tea Rooms for dessert.  We had seen the amazing selection of desserts during our lunchtime visit and we knew we had to come back.  I had the salted caramel cake and green tea.

Whitmore Tea Rooms

After another short taxi ride we were back at the train station for our departure from Stoke-On-Trent at 6:30pm.  While on the train ride back to London we chatted and watched the scenery roll past.  I took notice of the canal that often paralleled the railway and the classic canal boats and locks.

Canal boat

We arrived at Euston Station in London at 8:50pm.  Once back at the hotel we ate in the hotel’s restaurant where I enjoyed a Caesar salad.  It was time to get some rest for tomorrow’s early start for our day-trip to Paris.

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