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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 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.
Regular History talks arranged by Janet Palmer
Talks are usually held on the FIRST Wednesday morning of the month.
- Venue: Walton Village Hall
- Day: Wednesday
- Time: 10.00 am-12.00 noon
Admission £2 (to cover the cost of speakers and the hire of the hall)
- Tea, Coffee and biscuits are available for 20p per person
All Phoenix members are welcome to attend.
No booking necessary
PROGRAMME OF SPEAKERS SEPTEMBER-DECEMBER 2019
- Wednesday 6th November: To Die For – Fashions that could kill, an illustrated talk by Helen Johnson
- Wednesday 4th December: Vintage Clothing, an illustrated talk by Lola Lamour (as Joanne Massey) will be our guest speaker. Joanne will be talking about her love of vintage fashion. She will be bringing some examples from her wonderful personal collection. Coffee, Tea, Punch & Mince Pies will be served following the presentation.
- Wednesday 8th January: The Staffordshire County Museum Carriage Collection- An illustrated talk by Chris Crop who is Senior Museums Officer for Archives and Heritage
- Wednesday 5th February: The local Democracy in te 18th Century-An illustrated talk by Steve Booth and includes quite a few Stafford connections, eg. Sheridan
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
The group is now full, but if you would like Bill to add your name to the waiting list, please contact him. (Phone number is on your Newsletter)