Moreton in Marsh & District
Local History Society
Summer Outings 2018
Stocton Bury Gardens and Ludlow
Wednesday, 16th May 2018 saw a party of members and guests head for Stockton Bury Gardens, a 4-acre site comprising of a working garden, water garden, and some amazing flower beds consisting of very many exclusive plants. The garden sits at the heart of a working farm which was originally one of the Bury farms of the Benedictine Priory in Leominster. This garden is well worth a visit and is situated a couple of miles from Leominster on the Ludlow road.
After coffee and walking round the garden, unfortunately in slightly drizzly weather, we boarded the coach and made our way to Ludlow in time for lunch. Ludlow, a well preserved market town with its Castle looking towards Wales (we are in border country here). A guided tour of St. Laurence Church in the centre of Ludlow was booked for the afternoon, and after splitting into two groups we had a most informative tour with many points of history and interest pointed out by our guide.
Time for a cup of tea and then we made for home.
Wednesday, 1st August saw us heading north to the City of Lincoln and to the Cathedral perched on a very steep hill, standing tall overlooking the city and countryside. It is estimated that £2,000 a year was spent on building the Cathedral, nearly £5 million in today’s money. Considering the Cathedral was started around 1073 and in 1185 was partly destroyed by an earthquake leaving only the Norman west front, the building stands as a fitting monument to early craftsmen. Standing at approx. 525 ft. the tower together with the spire was reckoned to be the tallest building in the world for nearly 238 years. The two tour guides for the Cathedral were excellent and knew their subject extremely well.
These two excursions complete the planned visits for 2018, apart of course from the holiday to Liverpool in September.
Proposed Holiday for 2018
The Society is organising a 5-day trip to Liverpool, departing 9th September 2018. It will be based at a 4-star hotel in the centre of Liverpool on a half-board basis. Visits to be made include a guided tour of the City, the Quarry Bank Mill & Styal Estate, the two main Cathedrals, Antony Gormley's statues at Crosby beach, the Walker Art Gallery (with guided tour), Albert Dock, Port Sunlight, Lady Lever Art Gallery (with guided tour) and (as a highlight) the World Museum for The Terracotta Warriors Exhibition from China (entrance included). There will also be a visit on the return journey to The Lowry at Salford. Cost £554. Details can be found on:
If interested, please telephone 01608-651372.
Summer Outings in 2017
On June 7th 2017 we visited the lovely city of Wells, in Somerset, with the main activity being a guided tour of the magnificent cathedral – the earliest cathedral to be built in the Gothic style. The party was split into two, and both guides was very informative, but relaxed.
Summer Excursion to Kensington Palace, London
Wednesday, 2nd August 2017 saw a party of 42 members and guests head for London by coach to visit Kensington Palace situated in Kensington Gardens, home to royalty for over 300 years. In addition to the Palace and Gardens, we saw an exhibition highlighting Queen Victoria’s life, the Queen’s Rooms and the King’s Rooms, and perhaps the highlight for the ladies, an exhibition featuring some exquisite dresses from the Diana, Princess of Wales collection. This year they also have the ‘Diana White Garden’ in her memory. Some members also took the opportunity of having morning coffee and/or lunch in the Queen Anne Orangery Restaurant. The weather continued to be unsettled, but did not detract from the day.
Moreton History Society at Kensington Palace