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A SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY MANOR-HOUSE . . Frontispiece A HOME OF TO-DAY . . . . . . . Page vii SOMERSBY CHURCH AND CROSS.

. . „ xi OLD BRASS CROMWELL CLOCK . . . To face page 1 St. Ives BRIDGE . . . . . . . Page 1 A WAYSIDE INN. . . . . . To face page 66 AN OLD COACHING INN : COURTYARD OF THE GEORGE, HUNTINGDON

. . . . . . 84 A MEDIEVAL HOSTELRY : THE BELL, STILTON . , , A QUIET COUNTRY ROAD . . . . . . 154 CROWLAND ABBEY . .

174 A FENLAND HOME . A BIT OF BOSTON . AN OLD-TIME FARMSTEAD SOMERSBY RECTORY. SCRIVELSBY COURT . STIXWOLD FERRY

.. . . . 389 TATTERSHALL TOWER

. 406 WOOLSTHORPE MANOR-HOUSE ..

, 428 MAP OF ROUTE . . . . .

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CHAPTER VI

Cromwell's birthplace-Records of the past—Early photographs

A breezy day-Home-brewed ale — Americans on English.
scenery-Alconbury Hill—The plains of Cambridgeshire-
The silence of Nature—Stilton-A decayed coaching town-
A medieval hostelry—A big sign-board—Old-world traditions
– Miles from anywhere.

RETURNING to our comfortable hostelry after our pleasant wanderings, we felt just sufficiently tired to enjoy the luxury of taking our ease therein, but “hungry as hunters ” from our long tramp, therefore we rejoiced in the fact that the worthy landlady had not forgotten her guests, for we found quite a sumptuous repast awaiting us, worthy of the ancient traditions of the house, though we on our part, it must be confessed, were not equally worthy of the traditions of our ancestors in the wine side of the feast; indeed, our healthy out-of-door life gave us a positive distaste for wine of any kind. We always infinitely preferred a homely draught of good old English ale, than which, for thirsty mortals, a better drink has yet to be invented !

It may be remembered—though we only gleaned the fact whilst in Huntingdon—that Oliver Cromwell was born in that town, and was educated at the grammar school there. The house in which the

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