Monthly News – January 2023

Happy New Year to all the blog readers and followers around the world. This is the first in what will hopefully be a monthly round-up of what has been happening on the blog. This is just one of many excellent new ideas I’ve had for the blog.

Firstly, I want to thank everyone who has viewed, liked, shared and commented on a post in 2022. In terms of views, the blog had more than three times as many views in 2022 as in 2021. Here’s hoping for more in 2023.

The top ten most-viewed posts on Martyn’s Blog in 2022 were:

  1. Walsall
  2. Landywood, Rugeley Town and Rugeley Trent Valley
  3. Retford
  4. Secrets of Burton – Bass Brewery
  5. The Big Burton Carousel
  6. Albert Village Lake
  7. Tameside Nature Reserve, Tamworth
  8. Former Railway Stations of Burton on Trent
  9. Lichfield
  10. The Lost Pubs of Burton on Trent

The least popular new post was Collingham in Nottinghamshire, which I visited in February. I don’t know why; it’s a great post from a great village. There was a war memorial, an ancient cross and two churches. And a red telephone box.

Collingham railway station

Looking to the future, I spent some time in November/December drawing up a new list of places to visit. The East Midlands area is pretty much done, although there are some places I want to return to for a more in-depth visit (Chesterfield, for one). Having stopped at Sheffield in 2022 on the way to some stations in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, I figured I could start exploring South Yorkshire and possibly further afield.


After visiting a couple of stations in the West Midlands in 2022, I want to do more in that area as well, including all the stations on the Cross City Line from Lichfield to Bromsgrove and Redditch.

Closer to home, there are many more Secrets of Burton to be uncovered, as well as more Burton on Trent landmarks, as well as other places in the vicinity of the town to be visited.

Whatever happens in 2023, you can be first to see new blog posts by following the blog on social media. All the links can be found here.