The temple in Preston might be my new favorite temple, it was so lovely! It reminded me a lot of the Boston temple, but bigger and more ornate. It was such a joy being there!! I took a lot of pics, of course, but here are a couple of my favs:
After an evening of Beatles, the next day's theme was historic houses. I went to two, Croxteth Hall and Speke Hall. In both cases I couldn't take any pictures inside (but I did sneak one...). Croxteth Hall had a great display of how a wealthy and titled family lived in the mid to late 1800's, complete with a downstairs exhibit on how the servants lived. It was hard to get to, but it was a neat display. Speke Hall was much more pleasing to the eye, and was a smaller home, though the family that had lived there had also been wealthy and titled. The family that lived there had been very religious and strict, so it had a different feel than the other hall where the family was very lavish and ignorant of how lavish they were. Of course, even in the "simple" life they led, it was much better off and much better decorated than most of England at that time.