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