Skyjack

Skyjack

Skyjack

Date

26 November 2016

Location

Oswestry, Shropshire
SJ 30621 28519; 52.84967°N, 3.03165°W

Information

Skyjack produces a range of access and handling equipment including boom lifts and scissor platforms. The Canadian company was established in 1985 and in 2002 became part of the global manufacturing company the Linamar Corporation. Skyjack UK, located in Oswestry, is the company’s European Head Office.

Further Reading

Skyjack

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British Ironwork Centre I

Alien

Alien

Date

26 November 2016

Location

Oswestry, Shropshire
SJ 33163 27822; 52.84373°N, 2.99377°W

Information

The British Ironwork Centre is a free tourist attraction in Oswestry featuring an extensive display of metal sculptures. The family-run business, owned by Clive Knowles, also produces a wide range of homeware and garden-feature metalwork items for sale. The Centre has provided props for various film and television productions and also supplied Buckingham Palace with garden pavilions for its 2013 Coronation Festival.

The Centre’s future was in doubt whilst the National Grid had plans – which have now been scrapped – for pylons in the Centre’s land as part of its Mid Wales Connection programme. During that time the Centre undertook alterations, including converting a warehouse into a showroom, without seeking planning permission. The Centre is in discussions with Shropshire Council regarding the planning issue and also to develop plans for improved access from the A5 road and for the creation of a Capability Brown-style formal garden.

Further Reading

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Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon Manor

Date

27 October 2016

Location

Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire
SP 73135 16674; 51.84388°N, 0.93979°W

Information

A member of the Austrian family of bankers, Ferdinand James Anselm Freiherr von Rothschild (1839-1898) was born in Paris and lived in Vienna before moving to Britain. He was a hereditary baron (freiherr) in the lower Austrian nobility and in Britain was known as Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild. He served as Liberal MP for Aylesbury from 1885 until 1898.

In 1874 Ferdinand bought the Buckinghamshire estate near Waddesdon village. Designed by French architect Gabriel-Hippolyte Destailleur (1822-1893) in a style based on 16th-century French châteaux, the Manor at Waddesdon was built from 1874 to 1889 to house Ferdinand’s art collection and for entertaining.

Ferdinand left the property to his younger sister Alice Charlotte de Rothschild (1847-1922) and it was subsequently inherited by their great-nephew James Armand de Rothschild (1878-1957), who left it to the National Trust. Although owned by the National Trust, Waddesdon is run semi-independently by investment banker Jacob Rothschild, 4th Baron Rothschild (b 1936) through the Rothschild charity The Alice Trust.

As well as being the National Trust’s second most popular visitor attraction, Waddesdon Manor is also used as a wedding venue and is hired out for location filming. The manor has featured in a variety of films and series, from Carry on… Don’t Lose Your Head and Never Say Never Again to Downton Abbey and The Crown.

Further Reading

Waddeson Manor (waddesdon.org.uk);
Waddesdon Manor (Wikipedia)

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