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Why not have a quick stroll around the pretty village of Marchington?

Spring has most definitely sprung in Marchington, and the recent mild weather has encouraged both locals and visitors alike to take advantage of the wonderful walks we have both in and around our pretty village.

If you’re visiting the Dog and Partridge for lunch or dinner, or just

popping in for a restorative drink, then you might want to consider a quick trot around the village first, to whet your appetite or to build up a thirst. The walk suggested below would take approximately 30 minutes at a steady pace.

A good place to start would be St Peters church, which is just a short walk away from the D&P. It is a very picturesque church, with a well-cared for churchyard and a lovely walkway of trees.



The stone doorway is of interest, with a figure of St George surmounting the slain dragon.

The inscription reads:

‘In ever grateful memory of those who laid down their lives in the great war 1914-1919, their names liveth for evermore’

It then lists the names of villagers who did not return from this conflict.

Once you have explored the church, head on up Church Lane and turn right at the top.

On the left-hand side, just past the village hall, are the Chawner Alms houses. Built in the 1860’s, these three listed cottages are let to local resident’s in need of low-cost housing.



For further information visit

https://www.chawneralmshouses.co.uk/

Look across the village green and you will see the statuesque building of Marchington Hall.



The hall was built in the late 17th century by either John Egerton, Earl of Bridgewater, or possibly his son Charles Egerton, who owned the manor in 1684/5. It is built in red brick with a gabled front. It belonged to the Talbot family in the late 18th and 19th centuries until it was sold again, and for a while it was under the ownership of the Vernon family.

Continue up Hall Lane and at the next junction, turn left onto Allen’s Lane and continue downhill.



When you reach the bottom, turn left into Bag Lane.

On the right-hand side, you will find the village’s second pub, The Bull’s Head. A Marston’s pub which opens in the evening, serving drinks only.



Continue down towards the junction, and on the corner is one of the oldest houses in the village, which in the summer months has a beautiful wild grass garden.



Turn left here onto the High Street where you will see the Old Village Store, now a residential property.



Keep walking and you will come to back to the top of Church Lane, where there is an old timber framed house, largely unchanged from when it was originally built.



At the junction turn right into Church Lane which will lead you back to the Dog & Partridge.

We hope this short blog will inspire you to take a stroll ‘around the block’. If you have a four-legged friend which you would like to walk further, there are also plenty of public footpaths leading from the village

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