At the weekend, me and the future Hubby, (and LO of course) took a trip up to Shropshire to meet with a florist and photographer for our wedding in August. It’s a long old drive up there, especially with a 4yo, so we travelled down on Saturday and stayed over. We came across a lovely hotel in Ironbridge and so decided to stay there and drive to Shrewsbury the following morning for our appointments.
On the Sunday morning, we got up, had breakfast and decided to take a stroll around the grounds of the hotel, which backed onto the Dale End Park. On our stroll, I was taking in the scenery and instantly felt inspired. These days, I cannot walk around beautiful places without taking photo’s for future reference, should I ever need to set a book in a park…..
After our walk, we drove a little way down the road to the actual site of The Iron Bridge. I was unaware of what this was, but my OH had seen a programme on The Iron Bridge ages ago, (Julia Bradbury walking the length of the bridge…anyone else remember it?) and was telling me all about it. I was fascinated. Here is a little write up about it I found on Wikipedia:
“The Iron Bridge crosses the River Severn at the Ironbridge Gorge, by the village of Ironbridge, in Shropshire, England. It was the first arch bridge in the world to be made out of cast iron, a material which was previously far too expensive to use for large structures. However, a newblast furnace nearby lowered the cost and so encouraged local engineers and architects to solve a long-standing problem of a crossing over the river.”
Above is a picture of the bridge, and next to it was the view from ontop of the bridge. It was a beautiful sunny day, too!
We then saw a shop across the road, which could find the coat of arms for any family name. So we went in and chatted to the man inside. Seeing as, in 5 months time, I will be joining the Hamilton family name, we decided to get a framed coat of arms. We are currently deciding on where to hang it in our house now. It’s lovely, and really significant to me, as I am about to become a part of that history.
Such a fantastic weekend, filled with the history of not only Shropshire, but my new name, too.
Oh, and before I forget. Thanks to all of those who enetered the competition to win a copy of Kate Johnson’s The Untied Kingdom. The winner is Kayleigh_Eaton1. Congratulations, the book will be winging it’s way to you very soon.