A wet July day out

27 Jul

rufford old hall Rufford Old Hall, not far from Chorley. A Liverpool postcode in West Lancashire. A great place to visit. The historic family home of the Hesketh family, who later moved out to inherited places new (I believe) in Northants. We had lunch as soon as we arrived in the old kitchen overlooked by a huge cast iron range.

lancashire tea“Lancashire Tea”, a cheese scone, a firm piece of Lancashire cream cheese that I have never seen before. Homemade fruit cake, chutney and tea. Very local, very pleasant. Oh and a cuppa. Although in the 1970s, a certain wealthy Lord Hesketh got into motor racing in a spectacular way, hiring James Hunt as an F1 driver with a lot of glamour, expenditure and as I remember it FUN with a capitol “F” !!!!!! A guide was very knowledgeable but there was not much official info about this part of Hesketh business life. Lord Hesketh was also the driving force behind the inline Vee Twin Hesketh motorcycles. You can still buy a new one, I am told, for about £35,000 ( and I thought campervans were expensive…….)

18 Oct 1974 --- James Hunt and best man Lord Hesketh before the wedding. (James Hunt wedding). --- Image by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS

18 Oct 1974 — James Hunt and best man Lord Hesketh before the wedding. (James Hunt wedding). — Image by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS

hesketh 1976hesketh racinghesketh motorcycle

We chose not to attend a talk on the construction of the great Hall as we shall be visiting again shortly and we set off cross country to Bygone Times to binge on another of our passions , Antique hunting.

bygone-timesThis time we only picked up a candle making kit and some textiles for my wife to store. Is any one else drowning under seas of cloth, fabric and cushions? (Hope she doesn’t read this !). Avoided the  queues  on the M6 on the opposite carriageway on the trip North and then South. Remarkable. But wet.

 

 

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