Fifth Viscount Torrington in Chepstow Castle, Chepstow - 16 June, 1781

from Tour to the West, 1781, page 27:

One day is not long enough for the proper survey of Tintern Abbey, and of Chepstow Castle.  I employ’d 2 hours here, and was happily startled in my reveries, by the distant (puppet-shew) trumpet, which reminded me of ancient chivalry, and made me expect the approach of an armed knight.

cite as

John Byng, Tour to the West, 1781. In C. Bruyn Andrews (ed.), The Torrington Diaries Containing the Tours Throughout England and Wales of the Hon. John Byng (Later Fifth Viscount Torrington) Between the Years 1781 and 1794, volume 1 (London, 1934), p. 27. accessed: 23 February, 2024

location of experience: Chepstow Castle, Chepstow


Fifth Viscount Torrington
Army officer, civil servant, diarist

Listening to

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the distant sound of a trumpet

Experience Information

Date/Time 16 June, 1781
Medium live
Listening Environment in public, solitary


All spelling and punctuation copied from the original.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Thu, 03 Jan 2019 12:04:24 +0000
Approved on Tue, 19 Feb 2019 12:54:26 +0000