RUSHTON SPENCER AND LAKE RUDYARD

Grid Ref: SJ 936 625
8 & 9 April 2003, 1 November 2003, 23 May 2004, 8 Jul 2006, 14 Feb 2007, 13 June 2009 & 6 April 2013, 4 Mar 2017

 

 

Panorama
Panorama shot from the dam on 4 March 2017

 

Station spacer Pump
   The old station at Rushton Spencer   The pump by the station
Cliff Park Hall   Church
Cliff Park Hall   St. Lawrence's Chuch, Rushton Spencer
Tightrope walker   Bridestones
The tightrope walker near the lake dam   The Bridestones, with Hermione and Snuffles
boating   visitor centre
Yachting on 13 Dec 2009   Rudyard Visitor Centre Plaque
Railway   Steam engine
Leaving Dam station on a fine Sunday in May   'Excalibur' takes on water at Rudyard station
locomotive   Locomotive
'King Arthur', July 2006   'King Arthur' on 14 February 2007
pendragon   King Arthur
'Pendragon' on 1 April 2013   'King Arthur; on 1 April 2013
Odd Building   Path
What is this building, constructed in the style of the hall?   Path with rail track on the east side of the lake

 

Close to the old railway station at Rushton Spencer is a car park, which is ideally placed for those wishing to walk to nearby Lake Rudyard. A full tour of the lake from here is about 6.5 miles. The lake was built at the end of the 18th century to feed the Caldon Canal. At the south end is a dam. This end is home to a small visitor centre, and a cafe, with only outside seating, where you can get hot and cold drinks and ever-popular bacon sandwiches. There are yachts and other pleasure boats here and it is popular with rowers and canoeists. On weekends between the end of April and the end of October a miniature railway runs along the east side of the lake and it is open every day in August. Details of the schedule are on the Rudyard Lake Steam Railway website. This end is a popular stopping point for walkers and cyclists. There is a small car park. Nearby is the Rudyard Hotel where you can get lunch indoors.

On the west side of the lake lies Cliffe Park Hall, built about 1830 in the Gothic style. In August 2017 we found it boarded up.

The church for Rushton Spencer is not in the village but up the hill to the west. It is unusual in that it has a small wooden tower. There was a church on this site from 1206. The exterior walls are believed to date from the late 17th century. The east window dates from 1690 and the south door from 1713. The north aisle, a chapel on the north side of the chancel and the tower are of later date.

It is convenient to pass the church on a walk from Rushton Spencer to the Bride Stones and then to the top of the Cloud, where fine views can be enjoyed on a clear day across Cheshire and Staffordshire and into Shropshire and Wales.

Sources:

The Buildings of England, Staffordshire, by Nikolaus Pevsner, Penguin, 1974, ISBN 0 14 071046 9
The Old Parish Churches of Staffordshire, by Mike Salter, Folly Publications, 1996, ISBN 1871731 25 8

 

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