Unexpected discoveries and powerful reminders of the past

Portable digital assistance to explore places

I am constantly discovering how technology can change our lives gives new opportunities and experiences. Recently I have started using the Trip Advisor App on my phone to plan holidays or explore places on route. Trip Advisor has been going since 2000 so has built up a large database of information of places, reviews, and photographs. At first glance one might think it is for international travellers needing expensive accommodation, restaurants, and entertainment. I have discovered it is much more and is useful even if you just want to explore new places locally or go on a “staycation”. Like many internet-based applications its strength is it community to contribute add new listings and reviewing existing content.


Trip to Skipsea

During my trip to explore a quiet part of the East Riding of Yorkshire coast, I was not expecting to do much apart from see the sea, walk on the beach, and play my guitar. Using Trip Advisor to help explore the surrounding area I found much more include some places of interest that was free to access.

Skipsea Castle, a reminder of the Norman conquest

Skipsea is famous for its Norman motte and bailey castle, all that remains is the earth workings on which the walls of the castle would have stood. Visiting the castle site inspired me to find more about how the Normans influenced our language, architecture, and culture. I had some fascinating holiday reading, exploring the Norman history pages on the English Heritage website.

The Motte and Bailey, a wide view of a grass hill on which the castle would have stood with circular dry ditch surrounding it.
Skipsea Castle view of the Motte and Bailey



Nearby Lissett, an unexpected and powerful World War Two memorial

Looking inland to the Northwest from the Skipsea village you can see the wind turbines. This Country is very flat and remote being particularly suitable for the development of renewable energy. Lissett village during World War Two was the home of the Royal Air Force 158 Squadron and its airfield, now transformed into a Wind Farm. The new owners of the site had commissioned a local artist, Peter Naylor to make a memorial piece to remember the air crews that had lost their lives during the war.

I probably would have not visited a wind farm, but after reading some of the reviews from the Trip Advisor listing about the Royal Air Force 158 Squadron Memorial, I felt it was unmissable. I was not disappointed; Peter Naylor’s work is visually striking in the landscape and sculpture of the Halifax bomber air crew silhouetted against the sky is very moving.

I was interested to find out more, although the link to 158 Squadron Association website didn’t work on Trip Advisor, I was able to find it using a search engine and was able to get Trip Advisor to update the listing. The 158 Squadron were part of RAF Bomber Command, there are details of the all the personnel and some photographs on the Association’s website. Information about the artist, Peter Naylor can be found on his website.

158 Squadron Memorial, Lissett by Artist, Peter Naylor



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