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ENGLAND IN THE ROSARIO

DEVON: RIVER DART - DARTMOUTH - KINGSWEAR - BUCKLAND

The map below, shows the ancient river town of Dartmouth (below Brixham), where Victor and Manek stole two carved Rosario panelled doors from Fountain Villas. The map also shows Plymouth, where the English navy left to meet the mighty Spanish Armada. 

Exeter is shown (out of focus), where Max and Katie land in Sinclair's Lear Jet to begin their quest to find the two doors removed from the Amarda's Rosario galleon by Sir Francis Drake.

Nine miles north of Plymouth is Sir Francis Drake's house at Buckland Abbey where he hung the two doors. His home is seven miles south of Tavistock, shown on this map.

Colourful map showing Devon county, Dartmouth, Kingswear and Plymouth mentioned in The Rosario.

THE RIVER DART, DARTMOUTH AND KINGSWEAR

Imagine Victor Issac Parrish and his sidekick Manek in their electric-engined rib, slipping pass mediaeval Dartmouth Castle and St. Petrox church in the early hours of the morning; under the cover of darkness and river mist, they made their way to Dartmouth to steal two Rosario doors from Fountain Villas.

View of hill side at mouth of River Dart showing trees, 14th-century Dartmouth Castle and Saint Petrox church.

The Rosario's lovers - Max Kraemer and Katie Stubbs - walked below this beautiful Dartmouth Butterwalk and visited the town's museum, on their seemingly impossible task of finding the Rosario's doors, and an indenture, and a Breugel painting.

Sunny view down Dartmouth's 16th-century Duke street, half-timbered houses and shops, undercover Butterwalk.
Dartmouth's 16th-century Butterwalk - half-timbered first floor supported on stone columns - underneath is museum.

After visiting the Dartmouth museum in the Butterwalk, Katie and Max walked to the Lower Ferry to visit Kingswear. Look carefully at the middle of this photo, and see a ramp adjacent to two very old houses, where the Lower Ferry docks and leaves for Kingswear.

Sunny view of Darmouth's Bayard's Cove quayside, with cobbles, tourists, old houses, boat and Lower Ferry arriving at ramp.

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.

View of Dartmouth buildings and steep hillside from river with two Lower Ferries - one arriving, one leaving. a

Below, is the steam loco leaving Kingswear that stopped Max concentrating on his and Katie's door quest.

Black steam locomotive leaving Kingwear Station, with curving rails, smoke and steep hillside covered with houses.

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 axe. The abbey was sold to Sir Richard Grenville the Elder, who began converting the building. into his house in 1541.

16th-century Reformation Cistercian Buckland Abbey church transformed into house in 1541 - transepts removed and floors added

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 where he hung the two doors from the Rosario galleon that he captured.

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