Photo-a-Day (Saturday, 24th July, 2021)
Photo: Dennis Seddon (Sony DSC-WX500)
Formerly the home of Almond family who owned the local brewery
Formerly a military hospital during WW1.
That looks like a very posh place Dennis. Nice building, extension in keeping. Things can be done well if you try.
It looks a lovely place. I remember my grand daughter going there last year for her birthday with friends. Very posh. How interesting the main building was a hospital during the 1st WW. What stories that could tell....
I went in there once when it was "The Beeches" on a works-meal but have never been in since it became Albert's. However, I heard good reports about it pre-lockdown. It is certainly an attractive building and I hope it will have continued success now we are getting slowly back to normal.
Veronica, it was "Woodlands 3" - the others being The Woodlands (now gone - beside Plantation Gates, opposite the Infirmary), which was "Woodlands 1", and The Mariebonne nearby, which was "Woodlands 2". There's a small brass plaque in the Parish Church commemorating the laying up of the flags for 1 and 2, and a larger stone tablet in St Wilfrid's for 3.
I have lists of all those who worked at these hospitals - many of whom were the mothers and sisters of officers who were in the 5th Manchesters.
Sorry to disagree Helen. I think the extension is horrible. I'm not disputing the quality of food, service, etc in the restaurant, but to build a square box onto the side of such a beautiful building - a no no for me I'm afraid.
Getting back to normal plenty of empty spaces. Drove past a few weeks ago and people were queueing for tables. Not had a pint/meal anywhere this year I dont think I have missed much.
Thanks for the information Rev David. I've read many books about the nurses in the First WW. They all seemed to be well connected girls and ladies. One I especially liked was ' Roses of No Man's Land' by Lynn McDonald. Others actual experiences not forgetting Vera Britain's book ' Testament of Youth'.
Pat, I should have looked more closely....at first glance I thought the extension was brick & stone...thanks for pointing it out to me. Bang goes my theory that you can do things better if you try !
We were here for my niece's wedding, when it was the Beeches,a number of years ago, and recently after the funeral of my sister in law. When it became Albert's. I think I preferred the Beeches.