Biddulph, The Grange 1902

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Caption for Biddulph, The Grange 1902: Biddulph Grange stands amid the magnificent gardens laid out by one of the great 19th century horticulturists, James Bateman. Bateman was also responsible for laying out the Arboretum at Derby, the first public park in England. The Grange later became a children's hospital.

An extract from Staffordshire Photographic Memories.

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This is the seat of the Biddulph family; it was built in the early sixteenth century, probably to replace an earlier Saxon, possibly fortified, house that has been identified on Bailey's Hill, to the south west of the Old Hall.  It was partially destroyed in the Civil War, by the immense cannon Roaring Meg - some of whose (...Read full memory)

The young man on the outside of the pavement is me, the group standing in the distance are family members and the two on my right are demanding to know where I am going, as it happened I was going to see my Gran. Did not know who the kids were and still don't but if you look at the picture my fists are clenched I was (...Read full memory)

I remember as a 4 year old, standing outside my late grandmother ( Annie Bailey's ) railway cottage, watching the steam engine pulling coal laden, wooden frame coal wagons past the Railway Cottages. The Driver and Fireman would both wave their cloth caps at me, as I stood and watched, fascinated !!! The smell of the steam and coal was acrid, full of magic and atmosphere !!!

As a child I grew up close to Biddulph Old Hall and spent many hours playing around it and listening to stories of an old lady who was a neighbour and who had grown up at Biddulp Old Hall as the child of the Butler/Cook. She was very proud of this and spoke of a red chair in the shape of a triangle which was said (...Read full memory)

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Caption for Biddulph, The Grange 1902: Biddulph Grange stands amid the magnificent gardens laid out by one of the great 19th century horticulturists, James Bateman. Bateman was also responsible for laying out the Arboretum at Derby, the first public park in England. The Grange later became a children's hospital.

An extract from Staffordshire Photographic Memories.

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