We have designated today a bus day. It is also a bank holiday with buses and trains running to a Sunday timetable, so care must be taken to make sure we can get back to the hotel!
It is an overcast day with occasional outbreaks of sunshine but so far no rain. We discussed where to go but on arrival at the bus station discovered that the paucity of available services more or less forced a choice on us. I am writing this on a bus to Stafford. That’s fine as it was on our list to visit in any case.
We reached Stafford just after 11 am but as the picturesque Pie and Ale was already serving food, we went in for an early lunch. Afterwards we explored in the usual way. As it was a bank holiday, much was closed.
Stafford is a small town. It has some interesting buildings, including the High House museum which was closed, unfortunately. There is a mixture of old and new as in most towns.
I would like to say nice things about Stafford but, to tell the truth, found it rather lacklustre. Then again, as Tigger said, once you have seen Chester, anything less is bound to suffer by comparison.
By the time we had seen all we wanted to see of Stafford, it was still too early to go back to Telford so we went across the road to Sainsbury and waited in their cafe for the next 481 bus. This bus goes to Telford but on the way stops at Newport which we thought we would like to visit.
Newport turned out to be a pretty little town, well worth a visit. To a certain extent it made up for the disappointment of Stafford.
I was intrigued by these two almshouse buildings, each containing two apartments.
Built in 1657 by a William Adams and governed by the “Worshipfull Company of Haberdashers in London”, they provide, on the left, “for the Benefit of Two Single Men” and, on the right, the same for two single women. I wonder whether the occupants sometimes met in the middle.
This attractive little coffee shop was closed unfortunately, or we would most certainly have gone inside for refreshments.
If you are one of those who wonder why we never see baby pigeons, the news is that I have found one for you.
He or she was lurking among branches at the foot of a tree in the grounds of St Nicholas. I hope his or her parents later came back to take care of their infant.
We again took the 481, this time back to Telford. We had an early supper in the Beefeater next door to our hotel then went upstairs to our room to make tea and sort out our photos.