Category: Midlands

Shugborough Hall – Walk The Gardens and Monuments

A day at Shugborough Hall, near Stafford, I can highly recommend for a family or learning day out. Make sure it is a full day mind as I was wandering so long I am having to split these articles into 2! First though let’s start with the gardens, monuments, nature and views outside the hall itself, there is a lot of it, and interesting it definitely is. Even before I stepped inside the grounds I was greeted by some nosy muddy little fellows I will go more into the history in my post soon about Shugborough Hall building itself,...

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A Norfolk Pause…

Have you ever felt the need to press the pause button on life…Just to stop and take a breath of fresh air…to ponder and clear the head? Yes? Then I shall begin…a little Norfolk pause is exactly what our day transpired to be. Location: Burnham Overy Staithe, Birthplace of Richard Woodget, the captain of The Cutty Sark. The harbor where Lord Horatio Nelson first set out to learn sailing and rowing skills at the age of 10, two years before he joined the navy, a film location too, yet a tranquil haven for the mind, body and senses, or...

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Stafford – Church Lane and The Soup Kitchen

I have shown you over previous posts just some of the historic and remarkable buildings of Stafford. But, for refreshment of mind together with refreshment of the taste buds you should head to Church Lane in the old quarter. Church Lane is literally off from St Mary’s Church. This old lane is a deceptively quiet little spot. A thoroughfare to the shopping area for many or for people taking a touristic wander through town.  There is one other big reason people head to here though…. The Soup Kitchen. The Soup Kitchen is quite possibly the best known eatery in Stafford, and...

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St Mary’s Church Stafford – Historic inside and out

Way back in around the year 700 AD, Staffordshire was such a different area. The River Sow valley was one huge marsh, with what is now Stafford as a bare island, a dry sandy peninsular. The very beginnings of St Mary’s Church means going back to the beginning of the town and beyond. Today the area around the church is a popular spot for many escaping the shopping centre or taking a lunchbreak in the sun, but lots to be learnt inside…. Legend has it that in the 8th Century St Bertelin, a Mercian Prince, set up a hermitage...

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The Ancient High House of Stafford

The Ancient High House in Stafford, the largest timber framed town house that survives in England. This Tudor, Elizabethan house sits in Stafford High Street and amongst the shops of the modern era. It has seen far more than shoppers in its long history, from prestige beginnings to Royal guests. In 1595 the local and wealthy Dorrington family wanted to build a house in Stafford full of grandeur. It is fair to say that when built, the house would have been visible in the skyline for many miles along with Stafford Castle as a backdrop. There was once a...

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Stafford Castle – Dominating the skyline over 900 years

For over 900 years there has been a castle or ruin of in some form here in Stafford. Dominating the area for many miles around on the part natural/part man made hill, the low ground of the county here is punctuated dramatically by this vantage point. On the M6 south for instance passing Stafford, take a look left, you cannot miss it. It is not just a small ruin on a mound that some imagine.. You can see the detailed earthworks of Norman times, it has a terrific and informative Heritage trail plus an extremely delightful woodland walk surrounding. When the...

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