Sydney on the Fly 3


From the Art Gallery of New South Wales, we walked across the Domain to Sydney Hospital. The building stands on the site of the old Rum Hospital, as described in the plaque above. From front, the current hospital looks rather grim.

However the central courtyard is much more likeable, with an ornamental fountain and plenty of interesting architectural details.

Rack and Ruin


The town of St Albans dates back to Roman times (when it was called Verulamium), so there are some interesting ruins. The ruins above are part of the Roman town wall and are situated in Verulamium Park overlooking the lake. The ruins below are from a 16th century manor house, built on the site of the 12th century Sopwell Nunnery.

Underneath the Arches


St Albans Cathedral underwent major restoration in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The choir stalls above were replaced, but are still surrounded by Norman arches. The statues in the 15th century Wallingford screen below were also replaced, since the originals were destroyed during the dissolution of the monasteries. Although the experts may quibble, the end result of the restoration is very impressive.