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London, England, United Kingdom
March 4, 2011
From journal Shropshire: The return
December 5, 2002
Near the entrance is Lloyds Bank. If you would like to really enter the 1890s experience, exchange some of your money for old British money - farthings, halfpennies, etc.
There are all sorts of shops - chemist, candy shop, cobbler, dentist, candlemaker, bakery etc. The day we were there the printer was busy printing handbills and quite willing to visit with us. Check at the entrance for the crafts being practiced the day of your visit.
Many English schoolchildren were there on a field trip. If they dress in Victorian clothes, they get to participate in many activities. We joined one group for their lesson in the "babies" classroom at the Stirchley Board School. Perhaps we could do with a little Victorian discipline at the school where I work!
The Blists Hill guidebook gives much information about each exhibit. I think it cost GBP7. The village covers 50 acres, so it takes some energy to see the whole thing. Allow yourself at least three hours.
From journal Ironbridge Gorge
Warwick, United Kingdom
May 21, 2002
There is a pub to buy real food and ale, the baker's sells fresh bread and fruit loaf and the butcher's sell pork pies, pastries and pork scratchings all available for a few pence in your old money.
Further down the village there is a small church and a funfair, have a go at the coconut shy or the darts game. There are several wooded walks too which make the whole town very pleasant. Look out for the policeman and other characters wondering around in victorian dress and behaving as though this is their regular lifestyle. Allow half a day for this museum as there is plenty to see and do.
From journal A Cultural weekend at Ironbridge