Blog Review of the Year 2022 – Part Two: April – June

After the relentless opening three months of the year, which you can catch up on here, the Martyn’s Blog juggernaut ploughed on through the spring at pace, with two posts a week most weeks. April 2022 April began with a cold and frosty Saturday morning trip to Penkridge in Staffordshire. It’s a beautiful old village,…… Continue reading Blog Review of the Year 2022 – Part Two: April – June

Blog Review of the Year 2022 – Part One: January – March

It’s been a great 2022 for this blog, with many new and exciting places visited, some old favourites re-visited and a lot more delving into the history of Burton upon Trent. The number of views on the website has more than doubled in the last year compared to 2021, so thank you to everyone who…… Continue reading Blog Review of the Year 2022 – Part One: January – March

Secrets of Burton #2 – The Trent Bridge Area

Following on from the post about the relics of the old Bass brewing company in Burton, I wanted to share some more secrets of Burton on Trent which are hiding in plain sight. Things which people pass by every day and not even give a second glance to. All of these are located in or…… Continue reading Secrets of Burton #2 – The Trent Bridge Area

Secrets of Burton – The Bass Brewery

The Bass Brewery was founded by William Bass in Burton upon Trent in 1777, and within a century became the biggest brewer in the world. Although it wasn’t Burton’s only brewer, it was probably the most well-known around the UK and the wider world. Burtonians never tire of boasting that Bass’s famous red triangle logo…… Continue reading Secrets of Burton – The Bass Brewery

Burton upon Trent – An Appreciation

Although I wasn’t born in Burton upon Trent, I have lived here for most of my life (since 2004, although I lived in nearby Swadlincote for thirteen years before that). Over the years, I have come to appreciate the town, its landmarks and its history. Burton upon Trent The town has a rich history, dominated…… Continue reading Burton upon Trent – An Appreciation

Outwoods Woodland, Burton on Trent

I’ve been back out and about again after the recent hot weather put a stop to my grand travel plans. Coincidentally, the trip I went on yesterday (Tuesday 9th August) was not the one I had originally planned, because it was too hot to travel by train. It wasn’t too hot for a morning walk…… Continue reading Outwoods Woodland, Burton on Trent

The Big Burton Carousel

Following the huge success of 2020’s Burton Swans Trail, the people behind that have launched Burton on Trent’s second sculpture trail, The Big Burton Carousel. Thirty decorated carousel horses have been installed all around Burton for people to go and visit. The trail was inspired by Orton & Spooner, a local company who produced fairground…… Continue reading The Big Burton Carousel

Burton on Trent Landmarks #15 – Magistrates Court

Standing on Horninglow Street is Burton upon Trent’s former Magistrates Court House, opened in 1910 and closed in 2016. Former Magistrates Court. To the right is the former youth court, and to the left is the former Plough Inn pub. The court house was built from 1909-1910 and was designed by local architect Henry Beck.…… Continue reading Burton on Trent Landmarks #15 – Magistrates Court

The Lost Pubs of Burton on Trent

The brewing capital of the United Kingdom, Burton upon Trent, has kept the United Kingdom and the wider world in beer for hundreds of years. The special qualities of the water table underneath the town, with its underground gypsum deposits, was perfect for brewing beer. That led to many local breweries being established, the biggest…… Continue reading The Lost Pubs of Burton on Trent