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STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES Feature: A guide to the railway line back in 1899 when Axbridge had Petty Sessions in the Court House and it cost 2/- to visit Cheddar Caves

STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES Feature: A guide to the railway line back in 1899 when Axbridge had Petty Sessions in the Court House and it cost 2/- to visit Cheddar Caves

What was it like to visit the Strawberry Line in 1899? Using an 1899 guidebook Harry Mottram took a trip from Clevedon to Wells in a tweed Norfolk suit in search of Victorian Somerset. Cyclists should dismount when descending Cheddar Gorge and Clevedon is not condusive to bathing but does have smart shops. These and other useful […]

By December 7, 2019 Read More →
Cheddar Reservoir: recent photographs of the magical scene at dawn in July as the waters greet the new day under the shadow of the Mendip Hills

Cheddar Reservoir: recent photographs of the magical scene at dawn in July as the waters greet the new day under the shadow of the Mendip Hills

Summer dawns on Somerset’s large strawberry shaped reservoir between Axbridge and Cheddar are often glorious affairs. Golden sunrises at around 5am are a particular feast as the 1930s reservoir acts as a mirror to the sky. Here a few images of the last few days in July 2019.

By August 2, 2019 Read More →
AXBRIDGE NEWS: the website for the 2020 Axbridge Pageant is now live

AXBRIDGE NEWS: the website for the 2020 Axbridge Pageant is now live

In 1963 the former Cheddar Valley Railway often called The Strawberry Line was closed after almost a century of use. A few years later the line above the town was turned into the bypass ending the traffic jams that had dogged the town for years. To celebrate a pageant was proposed to chart the town’s […]

By July 29, 2019 Read More →
STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES – FEATURE: memories of the Big Freeze in the winter of 1962/63 and when steam trains connected Wells and Banwell (and when naughty school boys could lark about in the compartment carriages)

STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES – FEATURE: memories of the Big Freeze in the winter of 1962/63 and when steam trains connected Wells and Banwell (and when naughty school boys could lark about in the compartment carriages)

An article in the Strawberry Line Times magazine four years ago about the winter of 1962/63 triggered lots of memories from readers. Terry Watkins who now lives in Australia recalled how he used a jack hammer to break the ground when installing cables in trenches in the lawns of residents. He got married that year […]

By April 17, 2018 Read More →
STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES – FEATURE: when you could earn six shillings a week on the railway, blackberries were loaded by the barrel in Cheddar and everyone looked slim, fit and healthy (but there were chocolate machines at Cheddar Railway Station)

STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES – FEATURE: when you could earn six shillings a week on the railway, blackberries were loaded by the barrel in Cheddar and everyone looked slim, fit and healthy (but there were chocolate machines at Cheddar Railway Station)

This article appeared in the Strawberry Line Times Magazine in 2013 following a meeting with Shirley Hudd of Cheddar who spoke about some family photographs back in the day. Harry Mottram reported at the time. They are the faces that never fade. Those of the railwaymen who once peopled The Strawberry Line. Standing in their […]

By April 12, 2018 Read More →
STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES – FEATURE: the scandal of why the Strawberry Line Railway was closed back in the 1960s (and the extraordinary last ever passenger service along the line)

STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES – FEATURE: the scandal of why the Strawberry Line Railway was closed back in the 1960s (and the extraordinary last ever passenger service along the line)

  It’s more than 50 years ago since the Strawberry Line was closed by the infamous Beeching axe writes Harry Mottram. A regrettable and wholly unnecessary act of industrial vandalism. Now the line is partly a forgotten and overgrown track and partly a walkway and cycle path. It’s slowly being rediscovered by a new generation who […]

By February 23, 2018 Read More →
STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES – NEWS: Friends of Cheddar Library demonstrate over threat of the library’s closure by Somerset County Council

STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES – NEWS: Friends of Cheddar Library demonstrate over threat of the library’s closure by Somerset County Council

A ‘consultation’ over the planned change to Cheddar Library by Somerset County Council takes place this winter as the county seeks to save money by closing libraries across Somerset. The consultation gives a number of options for residents to choose from. In a document the county reports: “Cheddar: Provide library services through either: · a […]

By January 28, 2018 Read More →
STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES – NEWS:  Christmas comes to Axbridge with Santa in the Square 

STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES – NEWS: Christmas comes to Axbridge with Santa in the Square 

On Saturday, December 16th, Axbridge Square in the Strawberry Line District is closed to traffic from 5pm as Christmas celebrations take place. Pictured above is a scene from Cheddar’s Festive Night earlier in the month, and similar scenes of live music, carol singing and the arrival of Father Christmas will take place in Axbridge. Every […]

By December 16, 2017 Read More →
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