England

Throwback Thursday: All Saint’s Parish Church, Leamington Spa

Built in 1842 this Grade II listed church designed in the Gothic Revival Style, is close to Jephson Gardens and the Royal Pump Rooms. It is one of England’s largest parish churches.

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Squirrels

We’ve had a couple of squirrel visitors in our garden for several months now. One of them looks perfectly healthy, the other has an injury and at one point all of the fur on his right paw was missing, but now that seems to have grown back. Only the last photo shows the squirrel’s injury clearly, so if you’d rather not see that then simply stop scrolling after photo number five.

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Throwback Thursday: The Severn’s Building, Nottingham

A Grade II listed building, it dates from around 1450 and is one of the few remaining medieval buildings in the city. It used to be located near Middle Pavement, roughly near the old Broadmarsh Shopping Centre, but was moved closer to Nottingham Castle in 1970. Originally a merchant’s house it then became officers for a firm of architects, a wine business and then a lace museum; I’m not actually sure what use it has now.

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Clumber Park

Last week we decided to go for a walk around the lake at Clumber Park. Run by the National Trust entry is free for members (which we are) or £5 for an adult. The park spans 3,800 acres and was quite busy; we had to park in the overflow car park which we’ve never had to do before, but as it’s so large it never felt crowded at any point, and at plenty of sections there was no one else around at all.

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Gedling Country Park

Last week I decided to head out to Gedling Country Park as the weather was bright and sunny and I’d realised that I could get a bus straight to the Spring Lane entrance. There are a few different walks around the site so I decided to do two of the ones I hadn’t done on my last visit, the Top Hard which has some steep inclines through a wooded area and the Low Hazels which is the longest route.

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Throwback Thursday: Radio City Tower, Liverpool

Radio City Tower, or St John’s Beacon to give it its proper name, is a radio and observation tower that was built in 1969. You can, in normal times, head here to get what I imagine are brilliant views of the city and also as the tower is still a working radio tower you can see the studios, though of course you can’t go in them.

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Titus: T.Rex is King Exhibition, Wollaton Hall

The Titus: T.Rex is King Exhibition at Wollaton Hall is the first time that a real T.Rex skeleton has been on display in England for at least 100 years and the first time that this particular skeleton, which was excavated from Montana by Craig Pfister in 2018 has ever been put on public display.

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Throwback Thursday: Old Barclays Bank, Alfreton Road, Nottingham

No longer a branch of Barclays Bank, this building dates from 1902 and was designed by local architect Lawrence Bright.

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Attenborough Nature Reserve

I recently visited Attenborough Nature Reserve for the first time in years as I was in need of a change of scene. Run by the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust it covers 205 hectares of lakes, wetland, grassland and scrub. There are several walks around the reserve – on this occasion we did the Tufted Duck Nature Trail which took us past some of the lakes as well as through areas of grassland.

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Throwback Thursday: Clarendon Chambers, Nottingham

Dating from 1853 this building used to house the Royal Midland Institute for the Blind. This charity was founded in 1843 by Mary Chambers, a visually impaired Quaker. When the charity moved to the Clarendon Chambers site 40 boarders were taught crafts like basket making to sell in the charity’s shops and later were taught braille.

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