Sopwell History Walk on Sunday 16th September

Our annual history walk in Sopwell took place on the lovely sunny afternoon of Sunday, 16th September.

A friendly group of people met at the garages at the top of Mandeville Drive, next to the school, at 2.30pm where Sandy Norman, the author of our new book on the History of Sopwell, introduced the walk. Sandy, who couldn't join us herself, then handed over to Chris Pudsey to guide us round.

Chris did a smashing job, using Sandy's book to illustrate many interesting features on our way from Mandeville to new Barnes near Sopwell House and back. Along the way, Chris was also able to share some of her extensive knowledge about the natural environment with us. Thank you, Chris!

Although there were kissing gates and a footbridge to negotiate, and a field with cows and a bull - it's amazing and great how close to the countryside we still are here in Sopwell! - it all went smoothly and was very interesting.

Afterwards, many of us took up Sandy's invitation to join her for some afternoon tea at her house. Thank you, Sandy!

  • Sopwell History Walk Sept 2012Chris Pudsey with an attentive audience
  • Sopwell History Walk Sept 2012Near the Abbey Flyer railway bridge
  • Sopwell History Walk Sept 2012Kissing gates
  • Sopwell History Walk Sept 2012Footbridge across the river Ver in a field with cows and a friendly bull
  • Sopwell History Walk Sept 2012At the footbridge
  • Sopwell History Walk Sept 2012On our way to Barnes Mill