The Museum & Heritage Centre at Henley-in-Arden, near Stratford-upon-Avon, England is a unique facility made possible by the generosity of a former Lord of the Manor of Henley-in-Arden, Joseph Alexander Hardy of Pennsylvania and inaugurated by his daughter, Robin Hardy Freed, in November 1996.
Please take a look round our site. We look forward to welcoming you on a visit to the Centre very soon.
Hilda Horsley was born on 11th August 1909, she married Jim Horsley in 1930 and they lived at the Gas works, in Beaudesert Lane. The Gas works were situated where Alne Close is today and began supplying gas in 1864. With the cost of replacing the original apparatus becoming prohibitive, the Henley in Arden Gas, Coal and Coke Company was taken over by the Solihull Gas Company in 1948. The site closed in 1952 and the gas-holders were dismantled in May 1953. Jim Horsley had worked at the Gas works for some 24 years when it closed.
(Worker Jim Styles in front of the Gas Retort c.1900)See More Weeks In History
Wednesday 10 August 2022
The final item really strikes a chord with organ restorer David Burville. Norman Kench and his daughter Sarah have brought in the town of Henley-in-Arden’s barrel organ, which is in dire need of David’s expertise. The organ has played a major role in community celebrations and fundraising events for decades, but it is now scuffed, shabby and terribly tuneless. This project is a huge undertaking for David, but he rolls up his sleeves and cannot wait to start work.
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