TWO landmark venues were ports of call when the first of this year’s free bus trips, organised by Hucknall Tourism and Regeneration Group (HTRG), took place on Monday.
Bestwood Winding Engine House and Annesley Old Church have both undergone major renovation schemes.
The vertical winding engine of the former Bestwood Colliery is the only one of its kind left in England still in its original location.
The mighty mechanism is in full working order, having been maintained for many years by a devoted local volunteer group.
Eleven people on the tour enjoyed a ride in a glass-sided lift to the top of the engine house, where they viewed the engine, the control room and the massive winding wheel.
The old church site has been restored as part of a joint project involving Ashfield District Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund, English Heritage and a Friends group.
Historic links with Lord Byron stem from the poet’s romantic involvement with Mary Chaworth, who lived yards from the old church in Annesley Hall.
The tour began from Hucknall Market Place and a stop was made for tea and coffee at the Griffins Head pub in Papplewick. The route continued via Underwood and Moorgreen before the return to Hucknall.
Ashfield Community Transport provided the tour minibus and the guides were Pat Richards and Kathy Williams.
HTRG will be putting on a total of 22 bus tours between now and the end of September. There are four different routes, with three of them half-day trips and one for a full day.
More information about the tours can be obtained from HTRG secretary Sheila Robinson by phoning her on 0115 9638566 or e-mailing her at email@example.com