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For lovers of the Victorian and Edwardian Farm series.

 
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Bodger



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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 11 9:23 am    Post subject: For lovers of the Victorian and Edwardian Farm series.  Reply with quote    

For lovers of the BBC's Victorian Farm and Edwardian Farm series, last week while my wife and I were on holiday,we visited Morwellham Quay, where the second series was filmed. I hope you enjoy what we saw. :thumbs:


The bog she scrubbed.









The rag rug that she made.









The knickers that Ruth Goodman must have left behind.









I've said it before, but what a woman!
Here are the pictures from our recent visit to Morewellham Quay, the home of the BBC's Edwardian Farm series.

This was Ruths house.









Some pictures of the interior.









The kitchen floor could do with another hand scrubbing.






The River Tamar, is very tidal at Morewellham. The various docks were just mud when we first got there but filled with water very quickly as the tide rose.
























The little boat that we saw in the series was in dry dock.









These structures were right on the dock side and were once used in the making of rope.









Here are the old lime kilns. The ones that if you recall, were too big for the Edwardian Farm boys. In the programme,they actually had to go else where to find a smaller one to suit their needs. Once again, the kilns at Morwellham were situated by the quay, so that the lime and other raw materials could be transported on the river.









Hand in hand with this industry went that of barrel making.



















It must have been a deadly business, because the coffin maker was next door.









By far, the high light of our visit was our trip underground to see the old copper mine on this little beauty.









It was an amazing journey, made all the better by our guide Rick.









For Edwardian Farm fanatics, he appears in episode five. A very interesting and entertaining guy. He was able to give us an idea as to how much fun the cast had in making the series. Good on yer Rick.









Now to the only disappointing part of our visit. The farm itself. It was totally under done, undeveloped and almost abandoned. Whilst Rome wasn't built in a day, there needs to be a lot of time, money and effort spending on it if its going to reach its full potential as an interesting visitor attraction. It definately seemed to be way down in the pecking order of the sheme of things. With the Edwardian Farm programme still fresh in the publics mind but possibly already fading, there's a real danger that they might be letting a golden opportunity slip by.




The Farm. Our first view.









This was about as close as we got to recapturing the spirit of the programme.









There wasn't a soul to be seen, which was a great shame, when the place holds such a lot of potential. Just a mixed batch of chickens scratching about.









There were three shire horses waiting for something in their stables.














The expression on this last horses face just about sums up the atmosphere of the farm area.









I wonder if they want someone to whip the farm into shape. I'm sure that it could quite quickly be brought back to life. In the meantime, Acton Scott is still my favourite place to visit. Morwellham has the potential to have it all and I'd like to think that I could visit it again in five years time and find it completely turned around. If I lived closer, I'd volunteer to help like a shot.

alison
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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 11 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bodger, I think you summed it up about right.

We have made rope there, everytime we have been with the school, and the farm has been well presented then. Perhaps it needs to be booked groups to have it staffed.

gz



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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 11 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I could make a house like that into a home

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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 11 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Great pics Bodge. I didn't see the Edwardian farm series (the Vicky one went on a bit for my taste, and I find Ruth Goodman mildly irritating), but nice to see these views though.
A.

Calli



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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 11 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That farmhouse is gorgeous!

Is it just not well known - seems surprising that there wasn't more going on?

Lorrainelovesplants



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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 11 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We went last year - it was great - really recommend the mine train! What a laugh!
The pub was disappointing - they couldnt cope with the numbers there, and food was slow (and expensive).

The schools seem to be the mainstay which is a shame.

chicken feed



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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 11 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

thanks bodger brings back memories of our visit there a few years back now.

Ginkotree



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 11 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

What a shame after all the hard work that went in to the gardens for the series...would love to have it carried on...I think I could be quite comfy in that cottage...

Chickem



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 11 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Fantastic place
We're only about 35mins away ....... you could have popped in for a cuppa and cake ...

Mithril



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 11 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Oh wow - I had no idea it was open to the public. My 12 year old daughter loved the series - I must show her this thread

mochyn



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 11 7:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We went about 15 years ago on our honeymoon. Loved it: my only problem was inthe mine. We were happily trundling along on the little train when out went the lights to be switched on a minute later when we were next to a working water wheel. I screamed and clutched the old chap: I have a horror of water wheels in closed places!

Loved it though.

robkb



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 11 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

chicken feed wrote:
thanks bodger brings back memories of our visit there a few years back now.


Same here. I loved the place, and will happily go back there again.

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