Sunday 25 November 2018

Sunday Snap – The American Window

We were in Westminster for last week's Sunday Snap of the Welsh Prime Minster. I asked who the statue was of and the answer is

David Lloyd George

Racking up the votes with the right answer were Kara and Minoru.

Since it is Thanksgiving weekend I thought we would have a touch of America in this week's Sunday Snap. This window is in Selby Abbey in North Yorkshire and it is very high up and tricky to photograph! The window is named after the coat of arms which appears in the window. It belongs to the family of John Wessington who was Prior of Durham between 1416 and 1446. His surname is also listed with a slightly different spelling and pronunciation which reflects the name of the town which used to be in County Durham. This is where the family's ancestral home is located. As Prior of Durham he had links between the monasteries at Durham Cathedral and Selby Abbey.

Move on a couple of centuries and a tobacco trader from the same family sailed from England to the Colony of Virginia. He settled there after marrying a local woman and was gifted a piece of land as a wedding present. In 1732 his great-grandson was born in Virginia and in 1789 was inaugurated as the 1st President of the United States. His family coat of arms, as seen in the window, shows three stars and two stripes which is thought to have inspired the design of the current flag of the USA. This week's question is

Who was the 1st President of the United States?

We were joined last week by Susan and a visit from the Coca Cola truck. Betty has been spotting concretions in New Zealand. There's been some escapism from the adult world for Soma. Finally, Kara has been to Bristol and visited the SS Great Britain and the gorillas at the zoo.

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  1. It's George Washington, but I didn't realise how little I knew about him.
    Thanks for hosting

  2. Gorgeous. I love church buildings and windows.


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