The May meeting of the Clay Cross & District Probus Club was held at the North East Derbyshire Snooker Club, Derby Road, Clay Cross. Chairman was president Geoff Cowlshaw.
Charles Stanley gave a report on the last walk on the Teversal Trail and lunch at Huthwaite. This month’s walk is a circular route in the Clay Cross area.
This month’s speaker was club member Alan Done, who gave a talk on the Cheshire village of Anderton, which had an important role in the industrial developments of the 18th and 19th century. Highlighted in the talk were the 8th century settlement by the Vikings, 18th century enclosure and the land improvement and the improvement to transport with the improvements to the river Weaver and the Trent & Mersey Canal. These later improvements led to the growth of the salt industry in the village and the growth of trade on the canal, with the establishment of a transfer system from the canal to the river for goods for export. The famious Anderton Boat Lift was described and illustrated - It being now a listed structure after a £7m restoration project.
The present day village was illustrated to show how several of the old 18th century buildings can be seen in the present landscape that has become a quiet village again and a mecca for canal pleasure boats.
Next month’s speaker is the Andew Firth who will talk on the coast walk.