After our third trip to Cherry Tree Hotel, and second trip to RAF TIlstock I figured it was probably about time to write about them. Abandoned places were originally the whole premise of this blog, not that you can tell from the amount of ruined castles I've posted about but that's down to the bad luck we've had with abandoned places recently. It would seem that as soon as a place is abandoned now, they're boarded up and inaccessible, and so I'll have to be satisfied by the view of the outside, as opposed to the inside. Cherry Tree Hotel however, is slap bang on the side of a busy road, for everyone to see and access.
There's little information out there about this place, apart from that it used to go by the name of The Witch Ball until the 1980s when it was taken over by a new owner, and that there used to be a swimming pool out back. It is not known how long this place has been abandoned for, but nature has certainly started to take over, and the place is trashed.
I've watched enough ExploringwithJosh videos to know if you're going upstairs in an abandoned building then stick to walking around the edge of the walls, that's your safest bet. But honestly, I'm surprised there's even still a second floor at Cherry Tree with the amount of floorboards that have collapsed. And so I entrusted my camera to my reckless partner in crime and he came back with that really cool photograph of nature taking over the window up there in the middle, not too bad ay? In some places wallpaper still remained on the walls (hardly), or in one case these really weird tiles as you can see above to the right, maybe that was the kitchen area. I was also surprised to see that, although chipped and broken, the toilets and sinks still remained, and the tiling was almost perfect still.
Now, onto RAF Tilstock. If you follow my instagram (@ExploringShropshire) you'll know I posted a photo of the car that's there, about four days ago, wishing I'd have gotten to see it in a better condition. When we went the first time, the car was trashed and in bits and pieces all over the floor. Upon yesterday's visit however, I could not contain my excitement when we saw that someone had come along and built it back up again! Car's aren't really my forte; I'll happily sit and watch Need For Speed, Fast & Furious, Top Gear and all that jazz but if you ask me a single question about them I probably couldn't give you an answer. That's not to say I'm not interested though, especially when it comes to this.
According to research this incredible thing is a Sunbeam Talbot, that would have looked a little like the first photo on the left in it's glory days. These cars were made between 1935 and 1954, and from looking at images of them they were absolutely stunning. From reading other blogs about this place, it's evident that a few years back there were more parts to this car, for instance the engine was still here (!) and it still had it's front tyres, and I envy the people who got to see that, however I'm so happy and grateful that we got to see it like this, so whoever put this wonderful discovery back together, you're a legend!
The other discovery we came to make, which was almost as exciting as the car, were these newspapers and magazines. The newspaper was dated 1990, which makes it 8 years older than me! And the magazine on the left was written in what I'm guessing to be German (like cars, languages are not my forte), correct me if I'm wrong. These were so impressive to me because they were in such great condition!
If I learnt anything from yesterday's trip to Cherry Tree Hotel and RAF Tilstock it's that no matter how many times you visit a place, you always find new surprises. But with that, I'll leave you with this thought. Abandoned places essentially are buildings frozen in time, often belongings are left behind and there is history in the walls. What appeals to me about these places is the back stories, the items left there all tell a story and being able to piece that story together by exploring them is fascinating. And so it upsets me so much when you see a place scrawled in graffiti, intentionally vandalised, windows smashed and things broken. So, if you too are interested in abandoned places, or even just exploring National Trust places or castle ruins, always bare this quote in mind:
Leave nothing but footprints,
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.
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