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Monday, May 23, 2016

The Lower Turk's Head Pub

The Lower Turk's Head pub in central Manchester, close to the Arndale Centre in the Northern Quarter, is one of the city's oldest pubs dating back to 1745.

The Lower Turk's Head Pub, Manchester.

After being closed for a period, the pub reopened in 2013 and is located right next door to Scuttler's Wine Bar - a converted bookshop. The pub retains its original 1920's tile work and the interior has been lovingly restored with wooden benches, a brick fireplace and period signs.

There are seven bedrooms offering good value accommodation with optional breakfast.

The Lower Turk's Head Pub, Manchester, UK.

The Lower Turk's Head serves a range of local real ales and guest beers as well as food.

The name "Lower Turk's Head" supposedly comes from the fact there was another Turk's Head pub higher up Shudehill.

The Lower Turk's Head
36 Shudehill
M4 1EZ
Tel: 07814 184384

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Sunday, May 22, 2016


Hayfield is a pretty village at the foot of Kinder Scout in the Peak District. Hayfield is 18 miles south east of Manchester and about 10 miles north of Buxton.

Hayfield Cricket Club, Hayfield, Derbyshire.

Hayfield is in the pretty Sett Valley between the towns of Chapel-en-le-Frith, Glossop and New Mills. The village is a nice place to come for a pub lunch and a walk in the surrounding hills. There are a number of good pubs in the village including the Sportsman Inn, which is close to the outskirts and close to a walking trail along the River Kinder. Popular walks include going up to Kinder Scout (which is on the Pennine Way) and the Kinder Reservoir.

Hayfield, Derbyshire.

Hayfield, like many of the surrounding towns and villages such as New Mills and Glossop, developed during the Industrial Revolution, with the opening of a number of textile mills and a railway link to manchester. Nowadays, however, industry and railway line have both long gone and Hayfield has returned to being a quiet rural village. The nearest railway stations are at New Mills and Glossop and there are bus connections to Buxton, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Glossop, New Mills and Stockport.

Hayfield, Derbyshire.

The natural springs in the village, though no longer used as a source of drinking water, are still celebrated in annual "well dressing" ceremonies.

Hayfield is a pleasant place to spend an afternoon and is within easy reach of both Manchester and Stockport by car.

Castleton and Mam Tor are a short drive to the south east.

Hayfield, Derbyshire.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Ardvreck Castle

Ardvreck Castle is a ruined fortress on a small promontory of land jutting out into Loch Assynt in Sutherland, Scotland.

Located under the brooding bulk of Quinag, Ardvreck Castle was the traditional seat of the MacLeods of Assynt.

Ardvreck Castle, Sutherland, Scotland.

Ardvreck Castle was built by Angus Mor III in the late 15th century. The promontory is sometimes cut off by high water, leaving Ardvreck on its very own island.

Like all good British castles, Ardvreck Castle is supposedly haunted - by two ghosts.

Ardvreck Castle is 11 miles east of the village of Lochniver and easily accessible from the North Coast 500 highway, which opened in 2015.

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Shandy Hall & Laurence Sterne

Laurence Sterne was born in 1713. He was an Irish clergyman and novelist best known for his novels "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman" and "A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy". Laurence Sterne died in 1768 in London after a long battle with tuberculosis. Sterne's home from 1760 to 1768 was Shandy Hall.

Shandy Hall.

Shandy Hall is currently a writer's house museum but was formerly the home of the Rev. Laurence Sterne, where he lived as perpetual curate of Coxwold. Shandy Hall is located in Coxwold, North Yorkshire. The house is a Grade I listed building.

Shandy Hall.

Laurence Sterne was also known for his support of the abolitionist cause.

Laurence Sterne.

Visitors to Shandy Hall are requested to park in Coxwold, which is situated 4 miles off the A19 between York and Thirsk. Literary visitors to Yorkshire may also want to visit Haworth and the Bronte Parsonage Museum or venture to nearby cities such as Leeds or Manchester.

Shandy Hall
Coxwold, York
YO61 4AD
Tel: 01347 868465
Hours: Shandy Hall is open to the public from 1 May to 30 September, every Wednesday and Sunday (2.30pm to 4.30pm)



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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Church of the Holy Name of Jesus Manchester

The Church of the Holy Name of Jesus is a Grade I listed building on Oxford Road in the university district of Manchester.

The church, the largest in Manchester, was built between 1869 and 1871 by architect Joseph Aloysius Hansom (1803-1822), with the tower, designed by Adrian Gilbert Scott (1882-1963), added later in 1928.

Church of the Holy Name of Jesus Manchester.

The Church of the Holy Name of Jesus was established by the Jesuits and initially served the large Catholic population of Irish workers who had flocked to Manchester to find work in the city's mills and factories after the Great Irish Famine of the 1840's and 50's.

The congregation dwindled during the 1980's but has recently revived thanks to a variety of innovative events held at the church. The Church of the Holy Name of Jesus now has close links to Manchester University.

Church of the Holy Name of Jesus Manchester.

Masses are held on weekdays at  1.05pm, 6pm (Chapel); Saturday 11.00am; Sunday 9.15am (Chapel) 12pm and 7pm.

Holy Name Manchester
339 Oxford Rd
M13 9PG
Tel: 0161 272 8674

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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Sportsman Inn Hayfield

The Sportsman Inn is a pleasant country pub in the village of Hayfield at the foot of Kinder Scout in the Peak District.

Sportsman Inn Hayfield Derbyshire.

If the weather is fine there are seats in the garden at the rear and even the odd grave for company. The pub is known as dog-friendly and has an open fire in the bar in cold weather.

Sportsman Inn Hayfield Derbyshire.

There's a range of cask ales, whiskies and wines in the bar. The Sportsman Inn offers good food including steak, beer battered fresh haddock and chips, sandwiches and a Sunday roast.

The Sportsman Inn
Kinder Rd, Hayfield
High Peak SK22 2LE
Tel: 01663 741565

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Haworth & Bronte Country

Haworth is situated above the Worth Valley amid the Pennine moors in Yorkshire. Haworth was where the Brontë sisters spent the majority of their young adult lives, as their father Patrick was the Anglican priest of the local village church.

Brontë Parsonage Museum, Haworth, Yorkshire.

His daughters, Charlotte (1816-1855), Emily (1818-1848) and Anne Brontë (1820-1849) are regarded as some of England's most famous novelists and poets.

Charlotte is best known for her novel Jane Eyre, Emily for Wuthering Heights and Anne for The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

At the time, Haworth was a polluted industrial town with a high mortality rate, as can be demonstrated by the early deaths of all the literary Brontë sisters, none of whom reached 40.

Today their former family home is preserved as the Brontë Parsonage Museum and is a site of pilgrimage for Brontë fans from all over the world.

Haworth & Bronte Country.

Haworth is located just off the A429 and A6033, just to the west of Bradford and Leeds. Visitors may also want to venture to nearby cities such as Manchester.

Brontë Parsonage Museum
Church Street
Haworth, Keighley
West Yorkshire
BD22 8DR
tel : 01535 642323

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