David & Susan Lacey were the first to take up this offer and together with my wife Marjorie we spent a delightful afternoon together. On their return to Australia they sent me their reflections of their visit. As I think this will be of interest to many who visit the site, I decided to include Davids comments within my blog instead of using the normal comment box. I trust you will agree and enjoy.
Hi, Roy and Marjorie We had a great trip to England and the Lacy Castles were fascinating. It was also great to visit with you two as well.
From Pontefract, we headed to Clitheroe which was good but not much information on the de Lacy clan at the castle. I suggested to the people in the museum that they should be stocking your book in the shop because of the de Lacy connection. I noticed Elizabeth Ashworth has her book in the shop there. Then we carried on to Whalley Abbey which was good but again not much information on the de Lacy history, but I got a good picture of Henry de Lacy on the wall. After reading the booklet about the abbey, it mentioned a de Lacy buried by the altar which I didn’t find out till after we left which was annoying. The Lacy coat of arms in the church in the stained glass was good to see as well. Also the pub on the corner The De Lacy Arms was good with pictures of de Lacy memorabilia.
The next castle we saw was Denbigh castle which was really good and lots of information on Henry de Lacy and the building of it and very impressive ruins. We also stopped at Ludlow for a few days and did a day trip out to Weobley.
The church at Weobley was very good and lots of interesting writing on the de Lacy family with a mention of being buried under, a later tomb in the church. The castle ruins is a mound of dirt as you know but a good information board leading to the site.
We also stopped at Gloucester Cathedral and saw the de Lacy Abbott on a plaque. There is Walter de Lacy buried in the chapter house but could not get in to check as it was locked that day. Sorry you know all this,
I just looked at your book to refresh my memory, and your book will be treasured by me for the rest of my life and thank you for writing it.
When we stopped in Chester, there is a heritage centre for looking up family history run by volunteers. I managed to get back to 1789 to James Murray Lacey and almost fell over as his son was born at Lincolns Inn. What a coincidence as Henry de Lacy died there. Sorry to take so long to get this to you. The trip was very rewarding, and now I need to check out the Irish side. David & Susan Lacey