Stained glass, markets and industrial heritage – a journey up the River Don to Sheffield

We’re back in Thorne now having had a wonderful couple of weeks following the River Don through Doncaster and Rotherham and up to Sheffield.

When I looked back through my photographs three things really stood out for me.

The stained glass

The amazing markets that seemed to sell just about anything

The ever present reminders of the area’s industrial past.


 

 

 

 

 

But the highlight of the whole trip as far as I was concerned was the River Don Engine in Kelham Island Museum.  I arrived thinking we were visiting the museum so that Gordon could drool over engines. I expected to spend most of my time in the cafe. This engine completely captivated me. When it was in steam the wheel turning sounded like a group of Japanese Taiku drummers. It reverberated through the whole building. It was powerful and beautiful and I didn’t want it to stop. If ever you get the chance you really should try to see it working.

Incidentally, according to Wikipedia “The Don derives its name from Dôn or Danu (Irish goddess), a Celtic mother goddess..” In Sheffield Cathedral one of the ceiling bosses is of a fertility goddess

It’d be good to think that it’s an image of Dôn herself.

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4 Responses to Stained glass, markets and industrial heritage – a journey up the River Don to Sheffield

  1. Ian says:

    Love the update. There is so much to see in this supposedly ‘small’ country!

  2. Great pictures Dot. Can’t wait to join you both somewhere next year. Six months to go!

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