History Visits Group
|Summary||This group will meet monthly to visit historic places of interest|
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This group will meet monthly to visit historic places of interest
December 2018 Report: View
In February, after some of us had had lunch in the newly renovated stable block, we had a guided tour of Bramhall Hall to see how it had been restored ,including some of the medieval glass.
Down a long, potholed, muddy drive in April, we finally reached Tabley Hall. Part of the Hall is used as a nursing home, but we entered an older part, now used as a tea room. Here we enjoyed tea served from teapots shaped in all manners, including shops and carousels, and in mismatched china cups and saucers. The tea room had at one time been used as a school and led into a small family chapel, renowned for its stained glass window designed by Edward Burne Jones. The paintings and other artwork are exceptional, as is the Palladian architecture.
July saw us going to Weaverham Old Hall,which had been a workhouse , parts of which were still exhibited as such, but also contained Northwich's industrial history and Salt Museum. We then carried on to the Anderton Boat Lift where we lunched in the visitor centre before enjoying a narrowboat tour on the canal to Northwich, ending in the boat lift itself, an ingenious invention saving time, instead of many hours navigating numerous locks.
The last weekend in September was the Heritage Weekend, so we visited Saint Martin's church on Brabyns Brow, Marple. As the weather was wet and windy, as it had been when I visited a few years back, visitors were few and we were given an extensive tour of the church. It was built , by courtesy of Mrs Hudson of Brabyns Hall, during the Arts and Crafts era and extended in the Art Nouveau period, following the traditions of the Anglo- Catholic Oxford Movement. It contains works by William Morris,Dante Gabrielle Rosetti, Sir Edward Burne-Jones and Ford Maddox Browne. Tea and biscuits were provided in the Parish Centre behind the church, where there was also an exhibition of beautiful local art and craftwork, plus a history of the church and estate and family of Brabyns Hall.
Our visit in October to the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester unfortunately coincided with Manchester's half term school holidays,so it was very busy with families. Still, we managed to get a table for lunch in the museum cafe, before proceeding to see the original “Rocket” engine. This was exhibited in all its magnificence, on sleepers looking like halved tree trunks, and with huge wooden wheels rimmed with iron. We next had a long look round the Textile Hall containing numerous old cotton spinning and weaving machines and exhibits exploring the rise of the cotton industry in the greater Manchester area and the development of “Cottonopolis”.We continued to the Old Warehouse to a display of Communication, which included printing and newspapers, radio and TV, all greatly represented in Manchester. Lastly we visited the old Market Hall to see the display of transport from early horse drawn carriages , to early motor cars and aeroplanes up to the modern RAF fighter planes and space exploration.
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