The Slate

The Slate

Date

28 August 2017

Location

Tal-y-Bont
SH 60502 70834; 53.21618°N, 4.09061°W

Information

Formerly the Abbeyfield Hotel, the establishment reopened in June 2017 following a major refurbishment undertaken by its new owners Ben and Kelly Hardy.

Further Reading

The Slate

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Rhug Estate

Rhug Estate

Date

26 August 2017

Location

Rhug, Corwen, Denbighshire
SJ 05302 43642; 52.98171°N, 3.41193°W

Information

Rhug Estate in Denbighshire, which covers some 5,000 hectares, is the main estate of Robert Vaughan Wynn (b 1949), 8th Baron Newborough. The organic farm extends over around half of the area of the estate, and features a farm shop, the Bison Grill restaurant and the On the Hoof takeaway. The farm started wholesaling in 2004 and its organic produce is exported internationally and is supplied to establishments such as the Ritz and the Dorchester in London and the seven-star Burj Al Arab in Dubai. An unexpected sight in the fields of North Wales, the farm’s herd of bison has become something of a tourist attraction.

Further Reading

Rhug Estate Organic Farm

Ditherington Flax Mill Maltings

Visitor Centre (converted Stables)

Date

26 August 2017

Location

Ditherington, Shrewsbury
SJ 49855 13826; 52.71974°N, 2.74382°W

Information

Ditherington Flax Mill Maltings was previously featured here in GeoTopoi in December 2011. Since then there have various changes at the site, the most significant being the opening in November 2015 in the converted offices and stables of a Visitor Centre. The opening of the centre is the first phase of a restoration project undertaken by a partnership between Historic England, Friends of Flaxmill Maltings and Shropshire Council. The second phase, which will result in a mixed-use redevelopment of the historic buildings, is proceeding thanks to the subvention of the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Other changes include the demolition of various later structures on the site, such as the massive concrete silos built in the 1950s and 60s (North Silo and South Silo). Public access is currently limited to the Visitor Centre and a small area to the rear of the mill buildings.

Further Reading

Ditherington Flax Mill Maltings (GeoTopoi, 2011);
Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings (Historic England)

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St Chad’s Church, Shrewsbury

St Chad’s Church, Shrewsbury

Date

24 August 2017

Location

St Chad’s Terrace, Shrewsbury
SJ 48816 12422; 52.70702°N, 2.75899°W

Information

The Church of England’s St Chad’s Church opened on 19 August 1792 and has recently celebrated its 225th birthday. The present building, designed by Scottish architect George Steuart (1730-1806), repaced the earlier 13th century chruch dedicated to St Chad.

St Chad’s is a Grade 1 listed building.

Additional trivia: Charles Darwin (1809-1882) was baptised in St Chad’s on November 15th 1809.

Further Reading

St Chad’s;
St Chad’s Church, Shrewsbury (Wikipedia)

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