Tring is the local town to Cowroast and Bulbourne
The 1808 edition of Charles Smith's Map shows the then newly build Grand Junction Canal and surrounding area. You’ll no doubt see also that the Wendover Arm is there but the Aylesbury Arm and Reservoirs have not yet been constructed.
The Parish Church in Tring is dedicated to St. Peter and St. Paul
Whilst whiling away time waiting for a bus to return to Still Rockin’ on one of our visits, we took advantage of the open church to have a look around. We received a warm welcome from the church wardens who were there operating the local food bank.
On Saturday (St Valentine’s Day) Jaq very kindly offered to look after Molly for us whilst we took ourselves off for the day in celebration of that day and our wedding anniversary on the 15th.
We had a lovely Italian meal at Francesco’s in Tring - well worth a visit to this homely, family and authentic restaurant where the food is delicious, plentiful and not too pricy (although the alcoholic drinks are very overpriced) and the welcome is vey warm.
Tring is also the home of what was a private museum created by Lionel Walter, 2nd Baron Rothschild, now part of the Natural History Museum and we took the opportunity to spend a couple of hours there. It was originally opened to the public in 1892 in pretty much the same presentation as it is today. A few ‘taster’ photos ...
The bemused expressions on the Polar Bears’ faces are due to the taxidermists having no knowledge of the living animal!
This exhibit answered our question regarding the name of some ducks we saw on the empty side pounds a few days ago as we walked down the Marsworth locks.
They are Teal a NW European winter visitor and are on the RSPB’s Amber Status list of endangered birds.
Again when near Tring, this is well worth a visit although I would have preferred it on weekday during school term time as when we visited it was a rainy Saturday at half-term and packed to the gunnels with children, albeit very much enjoying the experience.
After a visit to M&S Food to choose a ‘dine in for two’ meal for our anniversary dinner we made our way to the bus stop to find that we’d just missed the bus by 5-minutes and had to wait an hour and a half for the next one! Thank you Jaq so much for making this possible for us.