In an alley off the south end of Ledbury High Street are the discreet premises of Tilley Printing. It is a Victorian establishment, now owned and run by Martin Clark, and he supplies us with printed writing paper for our guest bedrooms and other materials from time to time, including invitation cards to my 21st birthday party, my brother’s and my eldest daughters (sadly, not repeat business).
Although Martin is seen standing next to a relatively modern machine, he also uses an Albion Press, manufacturer by A Wilson & Sons, London, from about 1850 and a Wharfedale Printing Machine byPayne & Sons, Otley, one of the machines which is said to have transformed the printing industry in the second half of the nineteenth century. The Tilley machine dates from about 1895, according to Martin, and is still driven by a belt off the original line shafting, which itself is now driven by an electric motor, a replacement for a paraffin engine and before that a steam engine. (The covered-over hole for its chimney is still evident in the roof).
Tilley Printing was started in about 1870, when Luke Tilley, a local stationer and photographer, took over the business from a Mr Bayliss. It is open for business on weekdays, and is occasionally open at other times e.g. forHerefordshire Art Week. To secure its future, Martin has taken on an apprentice, Anneliese Appleby, a former art teacher. Her training is being sponsored by the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust a charity of the Royal Warrant Holders Association.
We hope it all works out as we should like to continue using Tilley Printing and its perfectly good, but old machines for as long as we can.
JH-B 14th September 2014
Family fun arrives this August Bank Holiday weekend with the Eastnor Knight’s Treasure Hunt !
Families will have to follow the magical clues in a bid to find the Knight’s Treasure. The famous Eastnor Knight’s will be on hand to help families solve the clues in order for them to be in with a chance of winning the fantastic prize of a ‘Knight’s Toy Chest’ containing swords, shields, helmets and knight’s toys. The prize winners will be decided each day in a King Arthur style contest, with the drawing of swords from a stone. The child who successfully draws the sword will be crowned the overall winner, but every participating child will receive a free gift of a model knight.
Adding to the medieval themed fun will be a Knight on horseback from the ‘ Knights of the Damned ‘. Eastnor favourite Wizard Wonky will also be making an appearance along with a giant Stilt Walking Knight to keep children entertained throughout the day.
The Knight’s Treasure Hunt takes place on Sunday 28 th August and Bank Holiday Monday 29 th August between 11am and 5pm and is priced at £7 for Adults, £4 for children and £6 for senior citizens. Family tickets for 2 adults and 3 children are also available priced at £18. Prices include entry to the castle, grounds and the Knight’s Treasure Hunt.
Eastnor Castle holds the first private collection of Sikh artefacts to be included on the Sikh Heritage Trail. Harbinder Singh, ASHT’s Director said: “We are delighted to have established an association with Eastnor Castle and the Historic Houses Association. The inclusion of private collections on the Trail will shed further light on the history shared by our two communities”.
Eastnor Castle, near Ledbury, is the first privately-owned house to join the new Anglo Sikh Heritage Trail and on Sunday 24th September, they will be celebrating their participation as part of the Anglo Sikh Heritage Week with spectacular displays of ‘Gatka’ martial arts at 12pm and 2pm in the castle grounds.
Eastnor is now part of this heritage trail because of its collection of North Indian armour and weaponry bought back from the Sikh war of 1848. The collection has recently been restored and cleaned and is now on public display for the first time.
“Eastnor Castle’s participation in Anglo Sikh Heritage Week will bring to life the remarkable history which represents its connection with Britain and the Sikhs. Arms from the Anglo Sikh Wars have lain in the castle for over a century, and on Sunday the Gatka troupe from Amritsar will re enact the very skills and traditions which surround their provenance.
In a sense history will truly be repeating itself against the stunning backdrop of the Castle” Harbinder Singh, Director of the Anglo Sikh Heritage Trail. Follow these two links for more information:
The Art of Gatka ~ Anglo Sikh Heritage news page
The castle and grounds will be open from 11.00am to 4.30pm on 24th September and admission costs are £7.00 for adults, £6.00 for senior citizens and £4.00 for children. A family ticket admitting 2 adults and 3 children is £18.00. Grounds only tickets are also available.
The first education programme based on Victorian Eastnor took place between 4 – 14 July 2005, a significant part of local schools took part from Birmingham, Hereford and Malvern. The children were told entertaining stories which helped them to compare Victorian and contemporary life at Eastnor Castle, with the help of visual clues, an exhibition of Victorian artefacts and re-enactors in the Castle and grounds.
The owner, James Hervey-Bathurst, has been given a CBE in the New Year’s Honours List.
The award recognises his contribution to the cause of the country’s heritage, through his work with the Historic Houses Association.
Mr James Hervey-Bathurst has been president of the association for the past five years and served as deputy president for five years before that.
The Historic Houses Association represents the interests of the owners of 1,500 properties across Britain, ranging from grand mansions and castles such as Eastnor, to more modest but equally venerable properties such as Anne Hathaway’s cottage in Stratford.
“The big issue of the last five years has been, jointly with the National Trust and English Heritage, to persuade the Government of the value and importance of our built heritage,” he said.
“It’s been a struggle but I think we’ve improved their perception of heritage.”
However, he warned that along with every other sector, the heritage industry is being hit by the current economic climate.
“It will be more difficult in the future. It would be nice to think the Government will continue to support us, but I suspect that we will suffer along with everybody else.”
But he said he was delighted with the award, not only for himself but for the organisation.
“This honour should be seen as a reflection of the hard work of all the owners of private historic houses, and their contribution to UK tourism, culture and education,”.