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.
In September, 27 members and guests of Moreton & District Local History Society recently enjoyed a 5-day break in Liverpool, staying at the centrally placed Mercure Atlantic Tower Hotel near to the Liver Building.
On the way we visited Quarry Bank Mill, a National Trust property about an hour’s drive from Liverpool. The following day we had a short guided tour of the city, and of the two cathedrals, Anglican and R.C., the latter known affectionately as Paddy’s Wigwam. This was followed by a tour of the Walker Art Gallery and then at the end of the afternoon we went to see Another Place, i.e. Antony Gormley’s statues at Crosby Beach.
There was free time the next morning, giving us an opportunity to go on the ferry and/or to the Albert Dock with its many museums, or whatever we chose to do - some retail therapy perhaps in Liverpool One, and in the afternoon we were back on the coach for a visit to see The Terracotta Warrriors Exhibition from China which was really the main purpose of the trip as they are only here until the end of October.
Wednesday saw us travelling to nearby Port Sunlight, and for a guided tour of the Lady Lever Art Gallery there which is quite something. Then on to Speke Hall, another National Trust property, in the afternoon. The following day we made our way back home via The Lowry with a guided tour, and Salford Quays. Members were reminded that we do of course have our own print of a Lowry in the Redesdale at Moreton, the original of which was apparently purchased by Elton John although we understand this has now been sold on.
Liverpool is a very interesting, vibrant, and quite quirky city with all its art installations, and well worth a visit with lots to see and do, with most of the attractions being free of charge!
On the way back a vote of thanks was given to Ray Poulton for organising the holiday through Tailored Travel, and to Chris our driver from Pulhams who was excellent and knew his way around Liverpool extremely well.
On the steps of the lady LEVER Art Gallery
We now look forward to next year’s outings.