Thursday, 28 April 2016


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Monday, 25 August 2014


Atherstone in Warwickshire dates back to Roman times. It is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as being held by Countess Godiva. This pretty little market town is famous for its felt hats. Today the town is home to several large companies who use its excellent road links for distribution purposes.

Sunday, 17 August 2014


Situated on the River Avon there has been a settlement here since the early Iron Age. Known as Tripontium in Roman times it is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Rocheberie but what really puts Rugby on the world map is that it is known as the birthplace of Rugby football.

Essentially a small market town until recent times the centre still has a mix of old and new buildings and you can see how rapid expansion in recent years has changed the town considerably. Most of the older buildings in the town are Victorian. With a population of 70,000 this is the second largest town in the county of Warwickshire.

The Rugby Cement works on the outskirts of the town is now part of the Cemex Company and is one of the largest cement works of its type in Europe. Residents near the large complex are used to waking up in the morning to find their cars covered in a fine layer of cement dust. Some would argue that this blights the landscape on what would otherwise have been a pleasant location to live.

Once in the town though you have wide pedestrian walkways and an abundance of places to eat from small cafes to all manner of world cuisine. There are also a fair number of good pubs in the vicinity. Tourism plays an ever important role in the economy of the town and a good deal of time and effort has been spent making the centre of town more appealing to visitors.

For photos of Rugby click here

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Evesham Country Park

Evesham Country Park features a large garden centre and a courtyard of Trade Outlets. There is a light railway which passes through the beautiful countryside and also a farm shop.

With good parking facilities there are is also a restaurant, cafe and snack facilities. 

Evesham Country Park • Evesham • Worcestershire • WR11 4TP

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Hidcote Manor Garden

Hidcote Manor Garden is a National Trust property near Chipping Campden in Gloucestershire. It is famous for its variety of hedged gardens and although the house is not open to the public there are displays, a shop and tea rooms.

For photos of Hidcote Manor Garden click here

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Snowshill Manor

Snowshill Manor in the village of Snowshill dates back to the times of the Abbey and the old land and property was confiscated by Henry VIII with the dissolution of the monasteries. 

Snowshill Manor was gifted to the National Trust by Charles Paget Wade who had restored the property and turned the main manor house into a home for his vast collection of objects. Known locally as an eccentric he started his collection at the age of 7 and it know fills the entire manor house. 

The actual manor house that now stands in the grounds dates back to the 16th century. The outbuildings and particular a small cottage are where Charles Paget Wade lived until 1951 when he gifted the property to the nation. 

For more photos of Snowshill Manor click here

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Smethwick Fire

The photo above shows smoke from the recent fire in Smethwick which was thought to have been caused by a Chinese Lantern landing on open bales of plastic awaiting onward transmission for recycling. Smoke from the fire had risen upwards to 4,000 feet. It took nearly 200 Fire Officers to finally put out the blaze.