Places of interest visited by group members

Historic Bristol Docks - SS Great Britain - The Matthew

July 2016

This was a History Group trip and a very enjoyable day. We pre-arranged a tour on the SS Great Britain and a fish and chip supper sail on The Matthew. It takes a couple of hours to get there but well worth it, the new modernised docks are very pleasant to walk around with plenty of places to eat and drink. The old town shops are also fairly near so a visit to Bristol has a lot to offer....More

Edgehill Light Railway - Walkie-Talkie

April 2017

Andrew Baxter from Edgehill gave the group an excellent double bill with a talk and then walk around the ELR. That is the Edgehill Light Railway, so not really a walkie-talkie but a talkie-walkie! Last Thursday (13th April) we started with a presentation at the Dun Cow about this fascinating subject, which was enthusiastically delivered by Andrew. The railway was built after the First World War and its main purpose was to carry Iron ore excavated from the Hornton stone seams above the Edgehill escarpment, around Ratley, Hornton and Shennington. Unfortunately this was a disastrous project and it only lasted a few years as demand for iron ore dropped and the quality and quantity of the ore made it uneconomic.

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