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OUR NEW PROJECT
In line with our objective of creating a museum, the Trust has acquired a shop unit at 6 Middle Entry. Tamworth Heritage Hub was born. We had an official opening on the 27th April by the then Mayor of Tamworth Cllr Maureen Gant. To help with the running costs we invited The Peel Society, and Tame First Responders share the space and advertise and promote their Societies.
If you have a good knowledge of Tamworth’s History or wish to learn, why not become a volunteer to help man or advise on how to improve the shop ring Margaret on 01827 330669
If you have not yet visited us then please do drop in.
Please accept our apologies for the delay in sending out news of the Trust’s activities as we had a big family wedding, a nasty virus and an IT meltdown but I think we are nearly back on track.
Tamworth Council is making noises about ‘bigging up’ Tamworth’s History. Let’s hope they are not just empty words again. But we are more than willing to help if they really mean it.
TAMWORTH HERITAGE HUB We have done a revamp within the Hub in Middle Entry creating a model corner to show off Mr Parkes’ excellent models of Tamworth Buildings long gone. We will not stop there and continue to change the displays to create more interest.
THE GEORGE BRYAN CENTRE We are running a petition to rebuild and reopen the George Bryan Mental Health centre. How can the powers that be expect Tamworth and Lichfield people to travel to Stafford/Stoke to get treatment or to visit a friend or relative!! a many hour trip if you rely on our wonderful bus service. If you are passing the Hub please pop in and sign. The more support we can show the better our chances. There is also a Fund Raising Concert booked to take place in St Editha’s Church on Friday 13th September tickets on sale in the Hub £10 each
THE MOAT HOUSE It’s great to see the Moat House back in use, two young gentlemen have purchased the site and invested heavily in restoring the bar & function rooms. Your committee was invited to have a guided tour of the improvements. Margaret,Greg, Mo Tonks & Anthony Poulton Smith attended and were very impressed with progress so far. The bar is open from 12 noon till late Thursday – Sunday and the upstairs function room is ready for your party. The owners intend to get the kitchen refurbished shortly, the Plans are then to create a multi room hotel, but throughout the refurbishment the intention is to retain as much of the old fabric and authenticity of the place as possible. Breaking news – a concert by Tamworth Voices is to be held there in the near future, in memory of one their number recently deceased. She was also chair of the League of Friends of the Hospital who started the petition mentioned above
10 COLEHILL is also having a major revamp and facelift. This is the site of one of our proposed blue plaques and again we have been invited to a preview before it is reopened.
Contrary to para 2 our Blue Plaque scheme has hit a roadblock with a new planning consultant, but we intend to press ahead and get back on track.
ST EDITHA’S CHURCH Outside St Editha’s Church there is a new Information Board that THT financed, the wording being provided by people from the church and Mr Bob Meeson, pictures supplied by both the church and ourselves.
Go to the south end of St Editha’s memorial garden and you will find that, during recent work a slate headstone had to be moved about 10 feet and laid flat. As it no longer stands in situ, that portion which would normally be in the ground is now quite visible. The piece of slate in question was erected “to the memory of John Corby, late of London, who died April 14th 1819, aged 45 years. This stone is erected by his widow who sincerely regrets his loss”. This reveals little of why the man came to Tamworth, what he did and what killed him, but it is what is found lower down which is of interest. We find the name of the stone masons MITCHELL of TAMWORTH, a well-known name in the town’s history, but look lower down and just above a few odd letters we find the following: “Stop spectator and this grave view, the next that’s made may be for you. Henry Mitchell, Tamworth, Aged 14, 1820”. This message, clearly cut when Henry Mitchell was still learning and serving his apprenticeship, was never meant to be seen and they could not have known the slate would be uprooted and laid flat.
Are there similar messages, examples of a young man honing his art, at the base of other headstones awaiting discovery? Maybe not. Perhaps this is a prank, the work of a young man with a sense of humour, for remember the body was that of a man from London and it seems likely his widow may never have seen the headstone she is said to have had erected. We can be sure that Henry could never have known when he cut the message that his name would still be known in his home town almost 200 years later.
The plan is also to provide some sort of information board/plaque for the large sea anchor captured from a Russian ship by Sir William Peel VC Why have we got a sea anchor this far from the sea? is one of the many questions asked by visitors to the Hub. This can be seen as you enter the castle grounds via the main gatehouse. In all the years the anchor has been sited there why has there never been any indication of its history displayed. Another example of Tamworth not making the most of its history.
Please note our Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday September 10th at 7.00pm in the 3rd Peel School the one with the fancy brick work now part of the Shannon Mill sheltered housing complex. Access is from Lichfield Street only, parking on the shopping site opposite. Roger Bragger will give his short talk (Relatively Speaking) on completion of the brief business part of the evening. Hope to see you there.
We have The St Kyneburgha Society (daughter of Tamworth’s own Penda) coming to visit the town and Castle on Saturday 28th September. We are hosting a reception and buffet in the Castle Hotel’s Tudor Room at 3.15 pm, plus speaker Dr Trevor James telling us about the ‘Saxon Triangle of Saints’ tickets £5. All THT Members are invited to attend just let us know you are coming for catering purposes.
If there is enough interest the intention is to arrange a Picnic Visit to Elford Walled Garden including a Cream Tea and Guided Tour. Please let us know you are coming and make your own way there. Some seats will be available in committee members’ cars if needed, on a first come basis. Details will be available at the AGM, another good reason to attend.
On behalf of the Committee