Thursday, 2 May 2013

A blissful day at Blists Hill

Monday 15th April

Having looked at the weather we changed our plans and decided to go to Blists Hill today as it was forecast sunny and dry. The weather did not let us down!

We set off just after 10am - we are only staying 15 minutes away so were soon there. I had purchased our 'passports' online (saving more money!) and so we went straight in. It wasn't actually busy at all, being the first day that schools were back after the Easter break. There were a few school parties but the majority of visitors were middle aged or retired.
As you can see, it was pretty deserted when we arrived!
We looked at our map when we exited out of the visitor centre and then didn't do what we had planned! It was 27 years since Hugh and I had last visited, so there were some big improvements. We were in no rush to see everything, so if a school party were in a shop we just bypassed it and went back to it later.
Hugh changing up modern day money for pre-decimal
In the chemist shop

A display of medicines in the chemist
Policeman catching the thief who stole his bike!

Just after midday we found ourselves at the fish and chip shop and bought the tastiest fish and chips I think I have ever had! We sat on a wall by the canal, in the sunshine and ate them with our fingers - wonderful!
Our fish in the top, just fried!

Hugh and Penny eating their fish and chips
After lunch we explored some more.
A candle in the candlemakers workshop

I was able to take a photo of Hugh and Penny peering into a pigsty which will echo one I took of Hugh there 27 years ago!

One honeycombed icecream later....

Hugh and Penny buying the icecream
... we finally departed and made our way to the Tar Tunnel. We got to put on hard hats and walk 100m into the tunnel, seeing tar running down the walls and a couple of pools of it.
A view of the tunnel
Hugh and the tar on the wall
Looking at the pool of tar on the right of the photo
Me in a silly hat pointing to tar!
Before returning home we went into Bridgnorth for Penny to buy some earplugs - Hugh's snoring is bothering her!

Just a quick explanation, I wrote all of these posts whilst we were away and I am just pasting them into blogger with the photos without changing the tense.


Sandra said...

Looks a very interesting place :)

Sian said...

Blists Hill is one of the best places I have ever visited! I love it and would definitely have a season ticket if I lived nearby. Your brilliant photos have brought back some happy memories

alexa said...

I have never been but it looks absolutely fascinating! I love the apothecary's! And how lovely to do it all again over a quarter of a century later :).

Missus Wookie said...

Blists Hill is now on my list of where to go visit - what a great visit :)

Karen said...

We've visited several sights like this in the U.S. and always enjoy the history. This looks like lots of fun!

Anonymous said...

It looks like it was a lot of fun - although I don't know about that tar tunnel. :)