Friday, March 02, 2007

Scenes from Warwick

The birthplace of the poet Walter Savage Landor (born 1775), just outside the East Gate. Ralph Waldo Emerson said of Landor: "Mr. Landor is one of the foremost of that small class who make good in the nineteenth-century the claims of pure literature." His birthplace is now a girls' school.

The medieval East Gate. Notice the old-fashioned red phone booth and the Victorian post box. The post box has a mate outside the West Gate—both were cast in a Birmingham foundry in the 1860s, in the shape of a Doric column.

A view of St. Mary's Church. To the right is the tourist information center, in the old town hall designed and built by Francis Smith after the fire of 1694.

The Thomas Oken house. Oken was a prominent merchant and citizen in 16th-century Warwick, known for his charitable works. The house is now a tearoom. In the background is Warwick Castle.

A display at the county museum. Rev. Peter Bellinger Brodie was the vicar at Rowington (west of Kenilworth) and a well-known geologist who specialized in fossilized insects. He was a curator at the county museum in the late 19th century, and the museum contains many of his specimens.

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