A Visit to Bridgnorth
Today I have another guest post from my husband Stonelaughter! This is the second of two he’s written about some home ed activities he and the children took part in – this time, planned and delivered all by himself 😉
When I was a kid, I often visited Bridgnorth with school; looking around the old buildings, churches and of course the Castle… and sometimes visiting and travelling on the Severn Valley Railway.
So one afternoon when at a loose end in the area, I thought it’d be nice to take Bean, Plum and PK there for a wander about and to see what we could find of interest. What a great idea that turned out to be!
I’m not so convinced that the wander around the town had a great impression on the younger two but they tagged along OK and seemed to like it even if it didn’t excite them. Bean was another matter; he loved seeing the old buildings and the history information on plaques near almost all of them – some linking to other local attractions we’d seen. For instance, we saw the house where Thomas Telford was living in 1792 when The Iron Bridge he’d built was opened near Coalport; we saw a house from 1633 which had survived the destruction wrought by Parliament in the battle of 1646; and of course the Castle which had been present in one form or another since 901AD until its destruction in 1647. Bean loved all this and was happily soaking up information all day and was pretty excited about it.
For the afternoon, we had lunch in the Cafe at the Severn Valley Railway and then watched the train come in; all three of the kids loved watching it run in under the footbridge and then went to the engine and looked into the footplate where the driver and fireman were doing their work. Then we watched the train leave (which happened a bit later than we’d hoped) and by this time everyone was ready for the trip home. On the way back we popped into Ironbridge again to see the bridge for Bean to look at; then off home for a cup of tea.
It was a great trip and the amount of the town’s buildings which remain from several hundred years ago is amazing. I don’t think that what the town LOOKS like (apart from the addition of solid roads and cars) has really changed that much around the centre with several old etchings and drawings showing very familiar features from today. This fascinated Bean and that, in turn, made an interesting day really enjoyable for all of us.
Mahala’s note: This day made such an impression on Bean that by the time he got home to Grandma’s house (where we were staying that week), he had drawn up a list of research topics to work on after he’s done with Leonardo: “The Hundred House” at Norton in Shropshire; Bridgnorth Castle and town history; Thomas Telford. I can’t wait to get stuck into these – with my in-laws all living in this area, there’s a great opportunity for us to visit and find out more.