Monday, 20 February 2017

Jordan's Mill - Biggleswade

Terrific place to visit with excellent visitor centre, restaurant, shop & the mill

Make sure you opt for the guided tour which is fascinating

Friday, 17 February 2017

Development behind St.Pancras Station

Sir Nigel Gresley at Kings Cross

Behind St.Pancras Station

Above average building hoarding

'Natural' swimming pool with water purifying plants

Garden within one of the old gasholders

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Brighton July 16th 2016

The new i360 observation tower still under construction

Brighton Pavilion

Friday, 10 February 2017

Redbourn Village Museum Steam Day 2016

The first of a few 'catch - ups' from 2016.
Our July steam event at the museum

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Coffin Museum - Post 4

More coffin furniture in the warehouse

An 'army' of ladies made the coffin linings and body shrouds

Small display area

Photo of one of their trade stands
Some might be relieved we've come to the end of our Coffin Museum tour

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Coffin Museum - Post 3

They didn't make coffins here, just the 'furniture', linings and shrouds which were sold directly to the undertakers.
This is the stamp room and in the foreground you can see one of the 'drop stamps'

Drop stamps

The heavy weights are raised by leather belts around this drive shaft - and them dropped

Some of the stamped out items

Smaller hand operated stamp

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Coffin Works - Clocking On/Off

This was our excellent guide showing us the 'clocking in' machine.

I think I just got in on time at 11:59 but it was a very short shift if I clocked out at 1:26!
Then you're in the factory gates.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

The Coffin Works - Birmingham

Just been to The Coffin Works!
It's a time warp museum left as it was in the 1960s which is how it was when it closed in the 1990s. Really just like the jewellery museum where the staff just locked the door at the end of the day - and walked away.
As you will see, health and safety was non-existent.

You can start by making yourself a cup of tea or coffee in the staff room and leaving your money in the honesty box.

All genuine Pyrex cups and saucers.

The staff notice board.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Hartwell House - Upstairs...

Our large room

View from the window - must come back in the summer!

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Hartwell House - Interior

Fairly self explanatory I think, beginning with just three of the downstairs rooms

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Hartwell House - Part 2

A rather icy weir

A romantic battlemented turret - it said...

I think these are beehives?