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COTSWOLD MOTORING MUSEUM


Cotswold Motoring Museum is located in the Old Mill at Bourton-on-the-Water.  It was founded in 1978 by a private collector, Mike Cavanagh, who had amassed a substantial collection while living in South Africa over 20 years.  He began with a 1929 Brooklands Riley that he bought for £30 in 1959 and went from there, including signs and memorabilia.  He shipped his entire collection to Britain when returning home, found the Old Mill disused and for sale and established the museum.  Mike retired in 1999 and the museum was sold.  It now includes some 40 cars, several motorbikes, as a large collection of toys, an enormous amount of motoring memorabilia and even a couple of caravans.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
The Old Mill
Bourton-on-the-Water
County
Gloucestershire
Post Code
GL54 2BY
Main Historic Period
Modern
Link to featured article
Useful Website Address
Tip/Nearby
Bourton-on-the-Water model village, Lower Slaughter
Primary Management
Other
IRONBRIDGE GORGE

Ironbridge, named for the world’s first cast-iron bridge, constructed there across the Severn in 1779, has a unique part in the story of the Industrial Revolution and, to many, is a symbol of it. It was here that Abraham Darby I pioneered using coke to smelt iron ore. The area contains examples of many of the components of progress, from mines to factories to housing to transport, that resulted in it being the most technologically advanced place in the world by the end of the 18th century. Today, the town of Ironbridge itself is peaceful and charming, but the reminders of its noisier and dirtier past are all around, including the Iron Bridge itself, Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron, the Museum of the Gorge, Blists Hill Victorian Town, Jackfield Tile Museum, Coalport China Museum, the Broseley Pipeworks, intriguing Tar Tunnel and the houses the Darby family lived in.

The bridge has been painted red since this photo was taken.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
Ironbridge
County
Shropshire
Post Code
TF8 7JP
Main Historic Period
Georgian
Useful Website Address
Tip/Nearby
Several museums and other attractions, all part of the World Heritage Site
Primary Management
Other
NORTH YORKS MOORS RAILWAY

The North Yorks Moors Railway is a heritage railway that runs across the North Yorks Moors through great countryside between Whitby and Pickering, taking in the stations of Grosmont, Goathland, Newtondale and Levisham. Total journey time one way is between 1hr 40minutes and 2hrs. Many of the stations have been refurbished in period style. The railway runs as a not for profit charity and, from an initial meeting of enthusiasts in 1967, now employs about 100 full-time staff supported by more than 500 volunteers, operating a range of steam locomotives. Each station has its attractions: Whitby, famous fishing port with its abbey and associations with Captain Cook and Dracula; Goathland featured as Aidenfield in the TV series Heartbeat; Pickering is a bustling town with a castle, impressive church, museum etc.

It is essential to visit the NYMR website and check the timetable before making a special trip.

Location/Address
12 Park Street
Pickering
County
North Yorkshire
Post Code
YO18 7AJ
Main Historic Period
Modern
Link to featured article
Useful Website Address
Tip/Nearby
All points between Whitby and Pickering. Great for walkers on the North Yorkshire Moors.
Primary Management
Independent
Ouse Valley Viaduct

The Ouse Valley Viaduct, aka the Balcombe Viaduct, is a photographer's dream. It isn't just its size - just under 1,500 feet long and about 100 high (450 x 29m), or the elegance of 37 brick arches stretching across the Sussex countryside, but the design. The arches are symmetrical and create an artistic tunnel - quite extraordinary. It is built of 11 million bricks, originally from Holland, but has been repaired so often with different bricks that it's now a kind of brick patchwork. Completed in 1842, it is a remarkable Victorian structure and carries more than 100 trains a day between London and Brighton. There's a small lay-by on Borde Hill Lane, between Balcombe and Haywards Heath, large enough for 2 or 3 cars. Take boots if it's wet.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
Borde Hill Lane
Balcombe
County
West Sussex
Post Code
RH17 6QP
Main Historic Period
Victorian
Tip/Nearby
Wakehurst Place, Nymans
Primary Management
Other
PONTCYSYLLTE AQUEDUCT

The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is the longest aqueduct in Britain, the highest navigable aqueduct in the world and a World Heritage Site. It was designed by Thomas Telford (1757-1834) and carries the Llangollen Canal 126 feet (38 m) over the valley of the River Dee. The Aqueduct was built between 1795 and 1805 is 1,008 yards (307 m) long and just 12 feet (3.6 m) wide. You can walk across on a path alongside the canal (the advice is not to look down), or take a boat.

The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is considered one of the outstanding examples of the innovations brought about by the Industrial Revolution in Britain and has been described as a masterpiece of creative genius.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
Station Rd
Trevor Basin
Wrexham
County
Clwyd
Post Code
LL20 7TG
Main Historic Period
Georgian
Tip/Nearby
Chirk Castle
Primary Management
Other

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