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Visit to Severn Valley Railway

In Pictures from England on October 3, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

The early finish to the cricket match (my team lost big time!) gave me a spare day so I decided to visit the Severn Valley Railway at Kidderminster. I last saw this operation about 35 years ago! The preserved mainly steam operated line runs for 16 miles (26km) between Kidderminster and Bridgnorth. The route is mostly along the Severn Valley, but you don’t get to see much of the river at times. Nowadays the area is very rural but until 40 or 50 years ago there were coalmines and brickworks. The final section of the original line closed in 1970. In that same year the first preserved section opened, with the complete route being in service from 1984.

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I was also able to spend an afternoon in the very neat town of Bridgnorth. The town is in two parts, High Town and Low Town, connected by some very steep hills and a slightly eccentric funicular railway.

Bridgnorth has a very acceptable number of pubs including the Railwaymen’s Arms inside the station buildings. If you have the opportunity, take a ride on the railway and visit the pubs! It’s easy to get to from Birmingham adn many other places. The SVR station at Kidderminster is next to the national rail station.

My pictures of the railway and Bridgnorth here.

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Visit to Wolverhampton

In Albufeira,Pictures from England on October 3, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

On Sunday last week I took quick trip from Birmingham to Wolverhampton on the West Midlands metro light rail. I was hoping to see some scenery but bad idea. The track runs in cuttings much of the way so most of what I saw was trees.

The West Midlands metro is the only light rail or tram I have been on that does not have ticket machines at the stops. If you don’t have a pass or can´t use ‘tap and pay’ on your bank card, you buy a ticket from a conductor on board. Just we did on buses maybe 30 or 40 years ago.

Amid Wolverhampton’s nightmare of ring roads and modernity there are some bits worth seeing.

Wolverhampton canal scene

A few more pictures at https://1drv.ms/f/s!Am0w7qp9HCpqhKV4HyIiB3GUsmR27A

There are some decent pubs in the centre and I was pleased to find Enville ales on sale at one and a decent pint of Marston’s 61 for just £2,90 at another.

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Unusual sight in Birmingham city centre

In Pictures from England on September 28, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

Not something I expected to see yesterday evening! For anyone who knows the city, this is Holloway Circus. More Birmingham pictures via the link below this picture.

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A nearby street is called Horsefair, so perhaps this is appropriate. That scene is at Holloway Circus almost in the middle of the city. Below is a typical skyline, old and new close together but in Birmingham, new wins all the time!

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A few more pictures, including some of the cricket, here.

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Ramsgate September 21st 2018

In Pictures from England on September 26, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: , , ,

Spent the day in Ramsgate last Friday, met up with some old friends who now live there. Before we embarked on an epic beer session, I had time to take a walk around. Ramsgate has not had much luck in recent years, with the closure of the ferries and nearby airport, but my impression was that it is on the up. With London now only 1hr 15 minutes away  on the high speed trains, it’s easily possible to live here and travel to London for work purposes. Perhaps not every day, because of the cost, but it’s no longer the 2 hour slog it used to be . Certainly was busy enough on a Friday, fewer shops empty or boarded up than I remember from my previous visits. The harbour area has a lot of new places to go to, including the massive Royal Victoria Pavilion, restored at huge cost and now a very large pub / restaurant with a balcony overlooking the beach.

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Elegant houses sit above the harbour. Karl Marx lived in one of them for a short time. Bet you didn’t know that!

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If you are in Ramsgate, I can recommend the Hovelling Boat pub in York Street, near the harbour. It’s one of the new old breed of pub which has no bar. You go in, to what seems like someone’s house, study the ‘menu’ and ask for what you want. You may have to ask some questions as the beers and ciders may not be familiar! They don’t sell lager or spirits, just beer, cider and wine.

Check opening times on their website http://hovellingboatinn.co.uk/ as they don’t stay open late during the week and are closed on Sunday nights.

Some more photographs at https://1drv.ms/f/s!Am0w7qp9HCpqhKVPbdI8IzJwJG9KMw

 

 

 

 

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Canterbury – some random images

In Pictures from England on September 21, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: , , , , ,

A few pictures taken over the past two or three days. Most of Canterbury has been photographed a million times.

All that remains of the Worthgate. The inscription on the panel is dated 1833, shortly after the demolition of the gate.

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Probably because of the number of visitors, Canterbury still has more pubs than the average English city or town. These two are a little off the tourist trail, more authentic and worth a visit.

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St Mildred’s Church, parts of which pre date the Norman invasion of 1066 although it has been extensively changed in more recent times, but not much for the last 500 years or so!

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The river Stour flows through Canterbury in several channels. Until fairly recent times there were flour mills and tanneries within the city walls for which this was the water supply and power for the watermills.

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The Zoar Strict Baptist chapel dates from 1854 and is one of the few buildings in that area to have escaped the destruction of the 1942 air raid. It is built into one of the bastions of the city wall.

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Parts of the city wall and the bastions are restored and well preserved.

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Not so the skeletal remains of Canterbury Castle. Dating from the late 11th century it is now closed to visitors because its crumbling walls.

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One of the few streets in Canterbury that can be photographed without parked cars spoiling the view!

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A traditional and colourful greengrocer’s stall in the High Street.

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Kent win and are promoted to Division One

In Albufeira,Pictures from England,sports cricket on September 21, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

Kent wrapped up victory against a feeble Glamorgan side in just over an hour on the third day. Promotion to Division One is now assured. Next week’s final game in Birmingham against Warwickshire will be the title decider.

Kent players celebrate

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The scoreboard at the close of play. For those who know about such arcane detail, Kent’s score of 436 gained them 8 batting bonus points. They had managed only 11 in the previous twelve matches!

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Canterbury, England

In Pictures from England on September 20, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

A worthwhile trip so far. The team is winning, met old friends. It has been very windy as assorted storms pass overhead but we have had only a very few minutes of rain to affect the cricket match.

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These recently constructed apartments offer a good view of the cricket. I was told that those on the top floor sell for around £500,000!

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Something I didn’t know about Canterbury! Despite having been to the city many times, I have never seen this memorial. Hidden away in the back streets, it’s only because I am staying in a different place to the usual that I spotted it. The second picture below explains it.

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The inscription does not say that they were Protestants, convicted of heresy. They came from all across the county of Kent, brought to Canterbury the county town. There were other burnings in the county, and throughout England, during the same period.

The memorial, which was erected in 1899, stands in Martyr’s Field, which at the time of the events was outside the city.