Mines Memorial Madeley

I have always been interested in history, and lately I have been thinking on what history is excisting around where I live.  England is full of history, and I thought I should embrace it and get to know it. So I am starting with my little town of Madeley.

There is a few monuments and memorials around here, and I have not yet thought about why they are there and what happend to the people it has been rised for. Today I took a trip to the Mines Memorial.
The 21st January 1880 there was an explotion at the Fair Lady mine, in Lycett. 62 men and boys were killed. It was a Wednesday. The pit had only opened the year before and there had been complaints about the ventilation in the Seven Foot Banbury Seam. There had already been an explotion at the colliery on the 12th of September which had killed eight.

On the Monday before the accident the late manager and Burgess, one of the deceased was summoned to court for neglecting to provide enough ventilations in the mine. The case had been brought forward a week.

A new ventilation fan had been fitted and the roof of the fan house had been lifted off. They formed a party quickly to try and rescue as many as they could, but the guide-rods were damaged and therefore it took extra time to get down to the workers. The cage would not go all the way down and they had to use ladders.

Not too many things going the rescuers way. The explotion occured 08.30 in the morning and the first people they brought up was at noon.

I am passing by this every morning on my way to work. A little piece of Madeley history. Now I know that it was raised for 62 men who went to work one morning, and did not make it home.


Castle Challenge - #10 - Moreton Corbet Castle

In April 2014 Jared and I visited Moreton Corbet Castle. The ruins from this castle is from two different eras; A medieval stronghold and an Elizabethan era manor house.
Peter Toret was lord of Moreton Corbet by 1166 and it is likely that he was living in the castle. In February 1216 William Marshall stormed Moreton Corbet castle on behalf of King John of England against Bartholomew Toret. At this time the castle was known as Moreton Toret Castle
In 1235 Bartholomew died and Richard de Corbet, his son-in-law, inherited the castle and changed its name to Moreton Corbet. The castle next saw action in the English Civil War when the castle changed hands at least four times. The castle was under siege on more than one occasion, and badly damaged in the fighting. At one time, the castle was captured by just ten parliamentary troops. 
It was finally taken from what amounted to a 'home guard' force by a crack Parliamentarian regiment.


Castle challenge - #9 - Beaumaris Castle

Beaumaris Castle, located in the town of the same name on the Isle of Anglesey in Wales, was built as part of Edward I's campaign to conquer the north of Wales after 1282. Plans were probably first made to construct the castle in 1284, but this was delayed due to lack of funds and work only began in 1295. Beaumaris Castle was taken by Welsh forces in 1403 during the Owain Glynd┼Ár rebellion, but recaptured by royal forces in 1405. Following the outbreak of the English Civil War in 1642, the castle was held by forces loyal to Charles I, holding out until 1646 when it surrendered to the Parliamentary armies.

UNESCO considers Beaumaris to be one of "the finest examples of late 13th century and early 14th century military architecture in Europe", and it is classed as a World Heritage site.


Review - Wedding Budget

Wow, 27 days to go! Well, you can clearly see what we wanted to focus our budget on. The location! Basically, it was the only place we found that we could actually have our day all to ourself!

We are having our reception at Birtsmorton Court, which is very beautiful! 


Wedding Wishlist

Oh, how life is stressfull at the moment! New job, looking at houses, planning a wedding and a 3 week honeymoon! I hope most things are ready for the wedding. For those that are interested, I have put in the link for the wishlist below.

Also an extra thing for the norwegians, the silver cutlery in Rose pattern are lovley. We got all the teaspoons, but we wish for the whole set.

Click here for the wishlist

Anyway, I hope to use more time on the blog when we travel the world. We just celebrated our 1 year engagement and we are very excited for our future together!


Honeymoon Adventure

This honeymoon advnture awaits! I am very excited! We got three weeks of driving.


Hair trial

This weekend Jared and I went to visit his parents to prepare more details for the wedding. One of these things was to decide on a hairdresser. The hair is not decided yet, but this was one thing that was tried out.