Bowness on Windermere: Water Fountain

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Located near to the docking port in Bowness is a monument to Sir William Bower Forwood D. L. Sir Forwood was a 19th century English politician, merchant and ship owner. A wealthy businessman, he helped to raise funds for the building of Liverpool Cathedral and Liverpool Overhead Railway, the city of his birth.

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Sir Forwood became a Freeman of the City of Liverpool in June 1902. The water fountain was a gift from Sir Forwood to Bowness.

Bowness on Windermere: St Martin’s Church

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Located on Lake Road is the Parish Church of St Martin. Dating the c1580, the church is constructed of local slate rubble with sandstone dressings.

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The east end of the church and the upper part of the tower were added in 1870. The building features mullioned windows, corner buttresses and clerestory.

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The Church of St Martin is Grade I Listed.

Florence: Francesco Redi

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Francesco Redi 1626-1697

Francesco Redi was a 17th century Italian poet and physician who studied medicine and philosophy at the University of Pisa. Having succeeded his father as court physician to the Grand Duke of Tuscany, in 1655 Redi became a member of the Accademia della Crusca – The Academy of the Bran, which was founded in Florence in 1582 to maintain the purity of the Italian language. In 1668, Redi published Esperienze intorno alla generazione degl’insetti – Experiments on the Generation of Insects which is still regarded as highly influential work. The statue of Redi is the work of the 19th century Italian sculptor Pietro Costa and stands in a niche along the facade of the Uffizi Gallery.

Bury St Edmunds: Abbey of St Edmund West Front

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The medieval ruins of the Abbey of St Edmund date to the 11th and 12th centuries. Constructed of flint rubble, the houses inserted into the west front during the 18th century lay derelict requiring a major intervention to make them habitable once again.

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Designated as a Building at Risk, English Heritage and St Edmundsbury Borough Council deliberated to sensitively achieve the conservation and conversion of the structure into five new high-quality dwellings.

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Retaining as much of the fabric as possible, the building is once again fully inhabited.

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Rear of west front

New rear extensions were built into the remaining fabric of the Abbey structure (above)

Florence: Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi

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Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi c1386- 1466

Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi, better known as Donatello, was a 14th century Italian sculptor. He was the son of a member of the Florentine Wool Combers Guild and studied the fabrication of metals and metallurgy becoming apprentice to the Florence metalsmith and sculptor, Lorenzo Ghiberti, in 1403. The statue of Donatello stands in a niche along the facade of the Uffizi Gallery and is the work of the 19th century Italian sculptor Girolamo Torrini.

Bury St Edmunds: Edward I

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In a niche along the facade of the former Boots shop on Cornhill stands the sculpted figure of King Edward I. The figure is the design of the 19th/20th century English Architect, Michael Vyne Treleavan. Treleavan designed many shops for Sir Jesse Boot (Boots the Chemist) and was the architect in charge of Boots Building and Shop fitting Department from 1900. The architectural sculpture dates to 1910.