Friday, February 5, 2016

The Middlewich Branch of the Shropshire Union Canal

or the Shroppiie as it is known to its friends.

We are taking the Shroppie north to Chester and then Ellismere Port.

Today we traveled as far as Church Minshull.  The cold, wet and early darkness all combine to make for shorter days.  We are slow going but we will get there.

Church Minshull's city center is a designated conservation area containing quite a few wonderful and charming examples of Tudor architecture around five hundred years old.  It is humbling to see these magnificent buildings that were there long before you and will remain long after you.

Built in 1702, St. Bartholomew's Church, the village church, is like so many others across the country being constructed on the site of an earlier church.   The church was treated to some badly needed  restoration at the start of the new millennium and  is now under a preservation order that should protect it from harm for years to come.

Although the village boasts less than five hundred inhabitants, like all good English villages, Church Minshull has its local pub, the Badger Inn.  Here you can get a room, a good meal and a wonderful pint.  what more can you ask for?

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