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ENGLAND IN 'THE ROSARIO'
DEVON: RIVER DART - DARTMOUTH - KINGSWEAR - BUCKLAND
You will see on the map below, the ancient river town of Dartmouth (below Brixham), where Victor and Manek stole the two carved panelled doors. It also shows Plymouth, where the English navy left to meet the mighty Spanish Armada.
Exeter is shown (out of focus), where Max and Katie landed to begin their quest to find Drake's pilfered doors from the Rosario.
Nine miles north of Plymouth is Sir Francis Drake's house at Buckland Abbey. It is seven miles south of Tavistock, shown on this map.
THE RIVER DART, DARTMOUTH AND KINGSWEAR
Imagine Victor and Manek in their rib, slipping pass mediaeval Dartmouth Castle and St. Petrox church in the early hours of the morning, under the cover of darkness, whilst on their way to steal the two Spanish doors from Fountain Villas.
The Rosario's lovers walked below this beautiful Dartmouth Butterwalk and visited the town's museum, on their seemingly impossible task of finding the Spanish doors.
After the Butterwalk, Katie and Max walked to the Lower Ferry to visit Kingswear. If you look carefully at the middle of this photo, there is a ramp adjacent to two very old houses.
The next picture shows Max and Katie approaching Kingwear on the Lower Ferry. Notice how the cars are on a separate floating platform, pulled by a hard-working tug boat.
Below, we have a hard-working steam loco leaving Kingswear and making its way to Paignton further round the coast - you can see the town on the map. Max couldn't concentrate on their door quest, whilst this wonderful piece of machinery was steaming into Kingswear station.
If you're King Henry VIII, why not close down all the abbeys and monasteries in England to be able to divorce your wife? Under the Reformation (from two latin words re = "again" and formare = "to form or make"), the Cistercian Buckland Abbey fell under the King's 'hammer'. The abbey was sold to Sir Richard Grenville the Elder, who began converting the building into his house in 1541.
Notice how the transepts were 'shaved off' to gain more light to the inserted floors of the new 'house' - converting isn't new!
This became Sir Francis Drake's home.