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Things to do in Tatenhill, Staffordshire

Tatenhill and the surrounding countryside include Rangemore and Callingwood, in the National Forest.

The Horseshoe Inn dates from 15th century © Shirley Leedham
The Horseshoe Inn © Shirley Leedham

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.

Tatenhill St Michaels & All Angels Church © Shirley Leedham
St Michaels & All Angels Church © Shirley Leedham

The Horseshoe Inn dates back to 15th century and contains many artefacts, an interesting place to visit for a meal or refreshments.

Cottage at Tatenhill © Shirley Leedham
Cottage at Tatenhill © Shirley Leedham

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.

Rangemore All Saints Church © Shirley Leedham
Rangemore All Saints Church © Shirley Leedham

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.

Clubhouse still a social club © Shirley Leedham
Clubhouse (still a social club) © Shirley Leedham

The decorative brickwork of these Victorian buildings gives the village an identity of its own.

Later his son added a clubhouse and reading rooms with a library to educate his estate workers, the building is still the social centre of the village as is the cricket green and playing fields.

Cottages Built for workers.  © Shirley Leedham
Cottages Built for workers © Shirley Leedham

Places to visit around Tatenhill

  • Byrkley Park and garden centre with a 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.

Floral Sign © Shirley Leedham
Floral Sign © Shirley Leedham

Tatenhill is sign posted off the A38 near Branston, Burton filter.

Description by Shirley Leedham

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