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David Bromkovsky




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PostPosted: Sat 17 Jul, 2004 4:22 pm    Post subject: What to see in England??         Reply with quote

I'm going to be in Oxford for 2 weeks then over in the Wales area for about 4 days, does anyone have a list of places to see sword wise? Any tips would be great.
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William Goodwin




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PostPosted: Sat 17 Jul, 2004 5:59 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

So many to list, here's a few I've been to.....
Tower of London
Royal Armoury @ Leeds
Warwick Castle
Headingham Castle/Keep


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PostPosted: Sat 17 Jul, 2004 10:26 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Edward I built a series of splendid castles to keep Wales under control: Caernarvon, Beaumaris, Harlech, Conwy. Some of them are restored, and for all I know, they are all worth seeing.
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Geoff Wood




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PostPosted: Sun 18 Jul, 2004 1:30 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wales is better for scenery and ruins (e.g. Harlech, as Felix mentions) than for swords. If you do get a chance to wander London, in addition to the Tower (which is very good for armour as well as weapons) the Wallace collection is excellent for European swords, plus some armour and for south Asian weapons (again including swords) and there were some examples (including some Japanese) in the V&A the last time I was up there.
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David McElrea




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PostPosted: Sun 18 Jul, 2004 4:56 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi

The British Museum in London is well worth seeing. It isn't as specialised as the Royal Armoury or the Wallace Collection, but, as museums go, it is one of the best in the world. They have (or did have) a great collection of Bronze-Age to Migration-Era weapons.

You'll love Oxford. If you are familiar with the "Inklings" (C.S. Lewis, J.R.R Tolkien, Charles Williams, et al) you might enjoy stopping off for a pint at "The Eagle and Child" (a pub). They would meet there on a weekly basis and read to one another from their latest writings-- a great chance for critiquing. They eventually moved to another one (the Lamb and Flag) for their sessions... if you are an admirer, you may get a kick out of it anyway.

David
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