Many thanks to Bob Jenkins and Jim Bergin for the following documents.
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David Barker organised an outing to Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet and Blue John Cavern on April 25th. 2018.
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Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet is a unique eighteenth century industrial works. Catch a glimpse of life at home and at work at a rural scythe and steelworks dating back to the 18th century.
Abbeydale Works was once a producer of agricultural tools and the largest water-powered industrial site on the River Sheaf. It is now a group of Grade I and Grade II listed buildings and a Scheduled Ancient Monument.
See the Manager’s House and Worker’s Cottage, waterwheels, workshops, tilt hammers, a grinding hull, steam engine and the last complete surviving crucible steel furnance in the UK!
Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet has been restored and transformed following a 3 year £1million Heritage Lottery Funded restoration project completed in 2016.
The new gallery tells the story behind the works, its people and their working lives.
The world famous Blue John Cavern in Castleton in the Peak District has been said to be the finest that can be seen by the general public in Western Europe.
Chenies Manor House and Gardens, Buckinghamshire
- Sunday July 15th. 2018
- Cost: £30.00 to include tour of the house, gardens, displays bu nurseries and return coach travel
Full details and booking slip are included in the FEBRUARY edition of your PHOENIX Newsletter
Attendance: £2.50 per session
Time: Monday 10.00 am-12.15 pm
Venue: Walton Village Hall
This outing was led by David Wilkinson who is the retired Stafford Borough archaeologist and who used to live and work in Cirencester, known as the capital of the Cotswolds.
The award winning Corinium Museum is the must-see visitor attraction of the Cotswolds.
Leave the 21st century behind you and discover the treasures of the Cotswolds as you explore its history at this multi award winning Museum.
The Corinium Museum has one of the finest and most extensive Roman collections in the country. Corinium, Roman Cirencester, was the second largest Roman town outside London and the major Roman administration centre for south-western Britain.
Other attractions include the Brewery Arts Centre and the parish church.
Janet arranged an outing to Rode Hall, one of Cheshire’s most exquisite country houses. Discover more about its rich heritage and how the Baker Wilbraham family who have owned it for approaching three hundred and fifty years, have contended with the challenges of social change and architectural trends through to its ongoing conservation and restoration today.
Rode’s Grade II listed park and gardens are amongst the finest in Cheshire. A seventeenth-century survey described ‘orchards, gardens and courts within the Greene before ye hall’ but there are no further records of the grounds until 1790 when Richard Wilbraham Bootle commissioned a ‘Red Book’ from the landscape gardener Humphry Repton (1752 – 1818).
Many thanks to Pat Hayward for organising the outing to Llangollen, which included a two hour cruise on the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.
Pat also managed to organise the sunshine!
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Thanks to David Walthorne and Jim Bergin for the photographs.
Many thanks to Janet Palmer for organising an outing to Arley Hall & Gardens.
We enjoyed the delightful gardens in the sunshine, an informative tour of Arley Hall, a visit to the chapel and a delicious lunch in the Tudor Barn Restaurant.
For folks who were unable to join us on the trip, check out the website:
Disney Channel to make first UK production and its chosen Arley as its location.
Evermoor, about an American teen who is uprooted from her city home in the US for a new start in England, will be filmed at Arley Hall. It will be produced by Liverpool-based Lime Pictures, the company behind Hollyoaks and The Only Way is Essex. Due to air this autumn, it will be the first UK production to be shown on the Disney Channel.
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Ruth and Betty relaxing in the sunshine
Jenny Barrett and friends enjoyed lunch in the Tudor Barn Restaurant
St. Mary’s chapel Continue reading History outing to Arley Hall & Gardens Wednesday 6th August 2014