WDYTYA? location guide: Amanda Holden

By Jon Bauckham, 1 December 2016 - 9:52pm

Amanda Holden’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? saw the star make two trips across the Channel to uncover the stories of her ancestors. Learn more about the locations she visited below


Amanda Holden's 5x great grandfather Collin Thomas went on trial at Exeter Castle (Credit: Alamy)

Exeter Castle

Early in the episode, Amanda Holden travels to Exeter Castle to learn more about the early life of her 5x great grandfather, Collin Thomas. The building previously housed Devon County Court, where Collin went on trial for violating the terms of his apprenticeship. The complex is now a popular wedding venue, with several luxury apartments.
 

Église Saint-Christophe de Caudrot

After learning that Collin deserted the 51st Light Infantry for "love", Amanda travels from Bordeaux to the picturesque village of Caudrot, situated on the banks of the Garonne. It is here that she visits the local parish church, where Collin married Radégonde Charbonnel.
 

The Museum of Military Medicine

Back on home soil, Amanda travels to Aldershot to meet Captain Peter Starling at the Museum for Military Medicine. Here, he tells Amanda about the career of her paternal grandfather, who served as a psychiatric nurse during the Second World War. Admission to the museum is free and tells the story of army medicine dating back to the English Civil War. It will be relocated to Cardiff within the next few years.
 

Lancastria Memorial

After visiting the wreck site of the Lancastria with Jacqueline Tanner, the youngest survivor of the sinking, Amanda visits the official disaster memorial on Saint-Nazaire seafront. Although a small bronze monument has been erected in Glasgow, where the Lancastria was built, a campaign calling for the UK Government to properly commemorate the tragedy is ongoing.

 

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