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April 21, 2014 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Apley archive photos

Clive Gwilt 22 - high rock and river sketch (Medium) Clive Gwilt 27 - view randell 1863 svr guideWe’ve had a jam-packed Easter holiday week here at home, squeezing in children’s activities with Apley work & meetings. They’ve been riding non-stop & have especially loved a 2-day mounted games competition, despite really needing much faster ponies for greater success ! Before term restarts, I’ve just got to see the chef of The Creamery at Apley Farm Shop, then visit another local garden with our Head Gardener, to compare notes.

Last week, we interviewed new marketing assistant candidates, which will help me lots, when I can’t be on site myself. Then we had a 2 hr walled garden meeting & a 4 hr marketing catch-up meeting – covering lots of ground. I also met with someone who’s family have had long connections with the Estate, who had spotted a photo in the current archive exhibition, who named everyone for me, which was great. For the Shropshire Star historian, I’ve found some 1914 photos, to commemorate 100 years since the start of the 1WW. This afternoon, I finished the Apley Holiday Cottages inventories, in between guests. The cottages need close attention to detail, to ensure each guest gets their cottage in tip top condition. Then this evening, I’ve just done a fascinating interview 1 of our Apley tenant farmers, who’s also an Apley Farm Shop supplier & has done much else besides. Before the hols, a local historian very kindly shared with me these images of the River Severn & High Rock. The black & white sketch is 1863. Not sure of the date of the other. More on these soon.


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