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The Society arranges occasional days out to places of local or historical interest.

Past Visits

A side street in Eyam


10th August 2005.

20th March 2005

A Visit to the Lady Lever and Walker Art Galleries led by Adrian Sumner

Wightwick Manor

Wightwick Manor

9th August 2006 .

The Potteries

28th April 2007

Moorcroft Pottery
Gladstone Pottery Museum
Potteries Museum and Art Gallery

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24th November 2007
6:30 PM

Evening visit to Pickerings.

Day trip to Liverpool.

Saturday 26th April 2008

Morning options:

  • Mersey Tunnel Tour
  • National Conservation Centre
  • Sudley House

Guided tour of St Georges Hall

Tuesday 10th June 2008

Evening Guided tour of Knutsford

Evening visit to Eaton Hall, home of the Duke of Westminster.

Wednesday 2nd July 2008

Guided tour by Eileen Simpson of the Chapel, Long Room, Carriage Museum and Family History Room.

Day trip to North Wales by coach

Wednesday 13th August 2008

Day trip to Manchester

18th October 2008

Evening visit to Trafford Mill

Trafford Mill


Day Trip To "Heritage" Birmingham

Including Aston Hall, Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter and the Pen Room Museum

Aston Hall

Aston Hall

12th August 2009

Day Trip To Liverpool

24th October 2009

Including Liverpool Town Hall ( Guided tour by Steve Binns, who was our speaker on 12th May 2009 ) , Victoria Gallery Museum and either the Williamson Tunnels or the Western Approaches Museum

Handbridge and Neston


Handridge Gallery

Neston Church

Neston Gallery

24th April 2010


Guided tour of Handbridge led by members of the Handbridge History Group


Guided tour of Neston and the colleries on the river Dee by Ed. Hilditch, Vice Chairman of the Burton and Neston Local History Society.

11th August 2010


Arrived Shrewsbury Abbey for coffee & biscuits followed by talk & guided tour.

The Abbey was founded in 1083 by Roger de Montgomery and is now probably more famous because of its connection with Ellis Peter's Brother Cadfael stories.

New Saint Chad's church, talk & guided tour of the church & churchyard

This 18thC. Church is Baroque in style and was where Charles Darwin was baptised. The churchyard has the "grave" of Ebenezer Scrooge.


Free time to walk into The Quarry Gardens, by the river, or into the the town and to have lunch.

Guided walk & talk through the historic streets of Shrewsbury with a brief talk & tour of Saint Mary's Church

Saint Mary's is the only complete mediaeval church surviving in Shrewsbury and famous for its world class collection of stained glass.

"Battlefield 1403" Visitor Centre.

Here there is a small museum, an excellent farm shop and a café. There was also an opportunity for those who wished to take a short walk over the fields to the redundant Battlefield Church.

Greater Manchester Police Museum and Manchester Town Hall

19th October 2010


Greater Manchester Police Museum at 57a Newton Street

Take a look into Manchester's past - a dark place, full of alleys, gas lamps, alehouses and slums. At the police museum you'll get to experience what life was really like in a busy Victorian police station.


Manchester Town Hall in Albert Square

Guided tour by Jean Bailo, Blue Badge Guide

Manchester Town Hall is a Victorian era, neo-gothic municipal building completed by architect, Alfred Waterhouse in 1877. The building features imposing murals by the artist Ford Madox Brown depicting important events in the history of the city.

The Blackden Trust

12th October 2011

The Blackden Trust - in the shadow of Jodrell Bank, is a parcel of land that has been occupied for more than ten thousand years. At its heart are Toad Hall and the Old Medicine House, home to The Blackden Trust. The Trust is the guardian of this land and is dedicated to exploring its history.

The ramshackle cottage, Toad Hall, was bought by the writer, Alan Garner, in the 1950s and made into his family home. The Old Medicine House was added to the property more recently.

We were guided around the property by Grizelda Garner. On completion of the tour tea and cakes were served.

Walking tour of the Bridgewater Canal at Worsley

19th May 2012

The Bridgewater was the world's first industrial canal.

Last year, 2011, was the 250th anniversary of the canal's opening in 1761.

Named after its owner, Francis Egerton, the 3rd Duke of Bridgewater built he canal to transport coal from his mines at Worsley to the industrial areas of Manchester.

We will take a walking tour of Worsley led by John Aldred, retired teacher, resident of Worsley and author of a book "The Duke of Bridgewater - his Canal."

Afternoon tea at "The Secret Garden Tea Room"

Shropshire Union Canal Trips

Shropshire Union Canal Gallery

Saturday & Monday
16th & 18th June 2012

We are hired the narrowboat "Pot of Gold" from the Wirral Community Narrowboat Trust.

Boarding at the Cheshire Cat pub in Chrisleton we proceeded through eight locks to Telford's Basin in Chester. Here we moored up to allow "a run ashore" for lunch before returning to Chrisleton.

Day Trip by coach to Rochdale Area

Rochdale Gallery

16th August 2012


We arrived early so some of us paid a visit to Rochdale City Hall

At Touchstones Art Gallery & Museum we had Coffee & biscuits and a visit to the museum area.

Then we went to the Cooperative Pioneers Museum for an introductory talk and a self guided tour of the museum

The worldwide co-operative movement started here and this museum, which was undergoing major refurbishment, is based in the original shop on Toad Lane

We had lunch at the "Baum" pub, adjacent to the museum


Ellenroad Steam Museum

This museum has the largest working cotton mill steam engine in the world, still with its original steam boiler. Here we saw the 3000 HP Victoria & Alexandra engine built in 1892 with its coal-fired Lancashire boiler.

Guided tour of St. Leonards Parish Church, Middleton. St. Leonard's church has the UK's oldest war memorial - to the soldiers from Middleton who marched to the Battle of Flodden in 1513.

Middleton is famous for the Arts & Crafts buildings of Edgar Wood, including England's first Art Nouveau church, Long Street Methodist Church

Day Trip by train to Liverpool To visit the Athenaeum and the Bluecoat Chambers

Athenaeum Gallery

Thursday 18th October 2012

We took the London Midland train to Liverpool, Lime Street and walked to the Athenaeum, in Church Alley.

The Athenaeum was founded in 1797 to provide a meeting place where ideas and information could be exchanged in pleasant surroundings. Today, the Athenaeum continues to provide this facility in the elegant building erected in 1928 near to the famous Bluecoat Chambers.

At the Athenaeum we were given a guided tour of the building including he Library and Newsroom, concluding with a "soup & sandwich lunch" in their Dining Room.

After lunch we visited the nearby Bluecoat Chambers

The Bluecoat is the oldest building in Liverpool city centre, dating from the early 18th century. It was erected in 1708 as a school for poor children at a modest cost of £35. Today, after a major restoration the Grade One listed building is used as a reinvigorated arts space for the 21st Century.