London, Stebbing, and Punting on the Cam


London, Stebbing, and Punting on the Cam

May 2005, I was in London for a conference. Stephen and Angelina Turner were kind enough to take me around my ancestral village of Stebbing as well as Cambridge University.

Here’s a few photos.

Late May 2005 – I visited London (Islington) for a Trade Show (Search Engine Strategies). The show went well. Food was surprisingly good, yet expensive.
The Flight from LA to London on Virgin Atlantic. Very small seats compared to American, but very good service.

The Heathrow Express Train Station

Inside the Express

Outside the Express

Paddington Station. Switching to the Hammersmith & City line

Hans during booth setup

In the midst of the show

The show was held at the Islington Business Design Center

Covent Garden Area – near Drury Lane

More Covent Garden

Crossing the street was a unique experience
On Saturday, I traveled up to Stansted Airport and met Stephen and Angelina who were kind enough to show me around Stebbing. and then later, Cambridge
The church in Stebbing has gargoyles

The screen is made of one piece of stone

Probably not the original organ

The stained glass was replaced with clear glass

The inside of the church is much brighter without stained glass

Ravens (or crows?) are carved into the wood of the ceiling.

A plate was moved from the floor to the wall when a new lectern was installed.

Gargoyles outside as well

Entrance to Stebbing Church

From the road around 11:00 A.M.

Part of the Manor house

The Stebbing Hare Scramble was canceled due to a restriction on land use.

The Manor House – note the garden in the back

Manor house again

Driving up to the Church

The main road in Stebbing

White Hart Pub in Stebbing. Good food.

Older architecture

Down a side street in Stebbing

Stephen and Angelina in Stebbing

Back on the street in Stebbing

I was told this is a “Lion Head” rabbit. Anyone?

Stephen and Angelina took me on a tour of Cambridge

Christ’s College during testing

Kings College?

View from the tower of the Great St. Mary’s Church

Streets among the colleges at Cambridge

Clare COllege

Dining hall at Clare College

Clare College

The Cam

Gardens of Clare College

Stephen was quite good at punting

I (Michael) just enjoyed the scenery and the ride.

Going under bridges required skill on the part of the punter.

Even though 8+ months pregnant, Angelina was clearly a capable punter.

Name the duck, win a prize
Students letting off after testing Trinity College

2 Comments

Harold 'HAL' SMITHDecember 12th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

The Stebbins Family: What can one say after viewing what you have posted, as I am not able to project the proper words.

This 82 year old 8 Great Grandson of Rowland Stebbins and Sarah Whiting and a 7 Great Grandson of Sarah Stebbins who married Thomas Merrick is overwhelmed at what you have posted.

And the Ancestry too along with the pictures at Stebbing. I want to extend to you and your whole family a great MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR in 2010.

Respectfully, Cousin in Mid Central Michigan

William StebbinsSeptember 17th, 2010 at 7:09 pm

Michael,
I’m Bill Stebbins, also a descendant of Rowland living in Denver, Colorado! I was excited to see that you visiting Stebbing. I am going to London in November, 2010. Any advice or leads on what I should see or who to talk to there?
regards, Bill

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