Monday, April 1, 2013

The past week - Part 2

The next couple of days we made our way to Norbury Wharf and then on to Gnosall to pick our mooring spot for the start of the Easter Banter.

Although the sun did occasionally show its face, the wind was still blowing and it was still bitterly cold.
 Icicles hanging from under the bridge

A very cold pheasant. So much so, that he did not even move when we reversed to get a closer look and the official pictures

Once back in Gnosall we had a day up our sleeves before the start of Easter and the banter, so we took a bus in to Stafford for some essential groceries and a bit of touristy stuff.  Still bloody cold though so the touristy stuff was pared back to a bare minimum, while Andrew took a long walk to Maplin's with Alan too see if they could get some items on their lists.

I was sad to see the shops in this building, I would have expected something more in keeping with the history of the building.

Info from the Stafford Bourough Council website:

The Ancient High House

The Ancient High House is one of the finest Tudor buildings in the country. Once dominating the skyline of Stafford, it is the largest remaining timber framed town house in England.
Royalty was welcomed to the house in 1642 when King Charles I stayed there en route to Shrewsbury, and the house retains an extensive collection of period furniture and architectural features. It is also the home of the Staffordshire Yeomanry Museum.
Built in around 1595 for the wealthy Dorrington family, the ornate timber framed building is reputed to be the largest surviving timber framed town house in England from the Tudor period.
In 1986 the house opened as a museum and now provides a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the people who have lived there over the centuries. Visit the Civil War Room where King Charles 1st and Prince Rupert stayed during their brief visit to the town; view the Stuart Bedroom with its magnificent four poster bed; admire the elegant splendour of the Wallpaper Room with its Georgian displays; visit Mr. Marson in his Edwardian Shop; and observe the grand comfort of the Victorian Room.

A couple more old buildings !

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