Yes I know it has been quiet here, but to be frank I have not had much to say because literally nothing interesting has happened and I have not been anywhere worth visiting. Lockdown has cut my day trips down considerably and the sheer hassle of going anywhere just does not make it worth while. However, this morning I went walkies and took some pics of stuff I haven’t shown before so this may kickstart my musings again. Locally the numbers are rising, and as at 11/10/2020 the total number of cases in each of the following districts were:
Cheltenham – 656 cases
Gloucester – 779 cases
Stroud – 417 cases
Tewkesbury – 377 cases
Tewkesbury has 43 new cases in the last 7 days of the week ending 8th October. Bear in mind that not too long ago we had had no new cases in months.
Ok.. enough with the bad news.
Today I popped into town to clear my head. The sun was making a guest appearance so it was actually quite nice outside in-spite of chilly temperatures. I did not have a specific goal in mind but went where my legs took me. First stop was near Healings Mill to see whether there was anything new or interesting on the river. The only object of interest was a large ANT barge with an excavator on it that was coupled to the ANT bantam tug City. ANT is the Avon Navigation Trust and every now and then I see another vessel of theirs. In 2018 I was lucky enough in getting a short trip on board City during the “Big Weekend”.
Healings Mill is looking even more derelict than it usually does and this afternoon I saw a youtube video of the interior.
I must admit I would love to venture into it but it is becoming increasingly more dangerous as time passes. The closest I have ever gotten to the interior was during the Big Weekend when the grounds were open for parking. The building below has since been demolished.
This is the back of the mill, and as you can see it is quite a fascinating place, populated by pigeons, rodents and the occasional urban explorer.
Samuel Healing acquired the Abbey Mills in 1858 and the steam powered Quay Mill at the town quay. In 1865 he built the “state of the art” mill at the quay, with 12 pairs of millstones. In 1885 an automatic steam roller system was installed in what was now the most advanced mill in the country. In the 20th century the mill was remodeled with the installation of new technology and in 1961 was acquired by Allied Mills Limited who invested further into the business. It was then acquired by ADM Limited who shut it down in 2006, leaving the building standing.
The mill was served by a rail link through town and via an iron bridge as well as by barge traffic as it is situated on the river. The rail link would have disappeared once the lines into town were cut and Tewkesbury was cut off from the railway grid.
Healings Mill and associated warehouses are Grade II listed buildings due to their architectural and historic interest, and more information on the buildings may be found at Historic England. Unfortunately the listed status of the buildings has meant that nothing can really be done with them and they cannot be demolished either.
The second item this post of interest is the Tewkesbury Grammar School which is close to the Abbey and Abbey Mill. I have wanted to get a proper photo of the school and its associated plaque for quite some time but the road in front of it is a busy one and it is difficult to get it where there are no cars crossing in front. As you can see there is still a car in the picture.
Item number three of interest is the Tudor House Hotel. Founded by the Pilgrim Fathers, the hotel is a 16th century Tudor building. The original foundations were laid in 1540 but the main buildings were build during the 17th century with front elevations being added in 1701. The house was turned into a hotel in 1926, and is reportedly quite haunted. Usually there are always cars parked in front of the hotel but since lockdown it has been easier to get a relatively unobstructed view of the building.
The ghosts in the building range from a “Woman in white” to a black Labrador, and given the age of the building it is inevitable that deaths have occurred in the building. The local author, John Moore (1907 – 1967) lived here as a child and The Tewkesbury Civic Society was founded here in 1965; John Moore was the President until he died in 1967.
I have not had the opportunity to look around the building but did do a quick peek one morning. The two pics I have are all that I can now find.
The John Moore Museum is also in town although I did find it somewhat underwhelming. It is housed in a restored merchants house.
Inside the building has low ceilings and well worn woodwork and in my opinion was the best part of the museum experience.
In the image above you can see the shuttered front of the shop area of the house. When they hold the Medieval Festival the room is open and operated by re-enactors.
In the same part of town is the former clubhouse of the Royal British Legion that has now been closed. The building is now empty and I wonder what will happen to it?
A further curiosity is to be found on a wall on the river bank.
And that concludes my rambling musing for now, I am sure I will find more oddities to add in here as I plough through my vast collection of pics. At least it keeps me busy. Keep safe
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