Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Atcham and Attingham Park (England)

Hello Folks,

We have been having a fantastic Summer here in the British Isles, thus also in Shrewsbury now, so I am/we are spending a lot of time outdoors. Of course, let me grab the chance quickly and tell everyone in this country who complains about the heat and also those who come up with the most awkward heat-related issues (including fuel combustion in cars and similar things) that it is Summer and this is what weather in Summer should be like. The same people, of course, complain about the snow and cold during Winter period. Nothing is good, is it? Get over it people, shit weather dominates in this country, so let us enjoy the heat and sunshine as long as we can - it will not last long anyway. 

We are certainly enjoying this weather and use most of the free time to invest in sign-hunting. Yesterday, I was on my own and went to Atcham, which is a tiny village near Shrewsbury in Shropshire. As you look at my photos, you will see Atcham's famous landmarks. First of all, the two bridges: the older one was built in 1774 and is commonly known as Atcham Bridge, while the newer one was opened in 1929 and carries the traffic over the River Severn. As you carry on, I have photos of the 11th century Saint Eata church which was fantastic and cool inside, and very friendly. According to Wikipedia, "Atcham" is a contraction of "Attingham" and its most famous landmark is the National Trust-owned English country house and estate, Attingham Park. It was built in 1785 and it has seen a lot over these centuries and it has a lot to tell you for which I have no capacity here, but feel free to read more on Wikipedia or visit the National Trust page; they have got plenty of information. I can, however, encourage you to check out my photos and if you like the area, you can already plan your visit here. 

Let me conclude today's blog with a heartwarming news and let me introduce you our new friend Handful, a tiny fox buddy who, from now on, will accompany us on our future sign-hunting missions. We have been looking for him for a while so it looks like I had to come to Attingham Park to eventually find him. He is made by a British company called Living Nature and he was for sale in the Natural Trust shop at Attingham Park. The money I paid for him, of course, go towards the maintenance and upkeep of the estate. We are already an awesome team and he enjoyed hunting the Attingham Park sign. 

Enjoy the photos!

~ Laszlo #thesignhunters

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Friday, 22 June 2018

Welcome to Rotherham (England)

Hello Folks,

A few days ago, I shared a QuikStory on hunting the Sheffield sign (click here, it is shorter than 30 sec). The interesting thing about it was that it showed my hesitation whether to go and to explore Sheffield or Rotherham (or both). Since the Rotherham sign was literally across the road, and the town was the neighbouring settlement to Sheffield (literally a few miles from Sheffield centre), my quandary was understandable. I like discovering new places, but when you only have a few hours, you need to apply restrictions to your activity. Anyway, eventually, I decided that half of my time given for that day, I could spend in Rotherham and then I would go to Sheffield for the rest of the day. 

Rotherham is a large town in the Sheffield urban area. There are similar places here in the Midlands as well, for example, Birmingham and some of its surrounding settlements, such as Wolverhampton or Walsall. They, of course, have their own local economy and sometimes industry, but overall, they serve the dominant city. Rotherham, for example, was known for its local coal mining as a major contributor to the Sheffield steel industry. These places normally appear to be suburban areas as the majority of its inhabitants commute to work to the nearby economic centre.

I personally like the size and friendliness of Rotherham. I think it is more prestigious than chavvy, but you can certainly identify the latter's signatures on it, too. It has a beautiful church in the town centre (Rotherham Parish Church), has a nice and spacious park, and all the usual shops and market hall that one needs. Other than that, I would not call it too exciting, but I did find some interesting graffiti and a 'unicorn' which makes Rotherham cool in a way. At least for me. Well, have a look at my photos and have a virtual trip with me in Rotherham

~ Laszlo #thesignhunters

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