Things to do in Tatenhill, Staffordshire
Tatenhill and surrounding countryside includes Rangemore and Callingwood in the National Forest.
Tatenhill church of St Michaels and All Angels contains a fine alabaster monument to Sir Hugh Griffiths with his wife kneeling and child sleeping.
The village rests peacefully in a hollow, the road through is narrow, lined with cottages and some modern dwellings.
The Horseshoe Inn dates back to 15th century and contains many artefacts, an interesting place to visit for a meal or refreshments.
The countryside has undulating hills, fertile farmland and patches of dense woodland, the air is clean and fresh with a feeling of peace and tranquillity as you drive out of Tatenhill under a canopy of trees.
It was in this countryside near Tatenhill where the beer baron, Michael Thomas Base built Rangemore Hall and a community that he developed around it.
Red brick cottages with hooded porches to house the employees and estate workers. In 1867 he built All Saints church and in 1873 a schoolhouse.
The decorative brickwork of these Victorian buildings give the village an identity of it's own. Later his son added a clubhouse and reading rooms with library to educate his estate workers, the building is still the social centre of the village as is the cricket green and playing fields.
Places to visit, Byrkley Park and garden centre with restaurant. Newborough with royal connections, Hanbury and Fauld (Explosion crater) Branston Water Park. Burton-on-Trent where there is a statue to Lord Burton, Michael Thomas Base, standing in St Paul's Town Hall Square.
Tatenhill is sign posted off the A38 near Branston, Burton filter.
Description by Shirley Leedham