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St Albans Day Out October 2013

St Albans Day Out – October 2013

For those of you who couldn’t make our trip to St Albans We thought we’d show you a few  pictures.  It really is a most interesting place to visit, and we highly recommend a day. Hazle thinks she’ll do all her Christmas shopping there….!


The Shrineof St Alban

We started the day with coffee and catching up before our first tour of the day, a guided walk of The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St. Albans. (as we learnt it should be called!) Our guide, with his wealth of knowledge, took us though the history of the building, from it’s inception as a monastic abbey to the current 21st century Cathedral, on the way visiting the shrine of St Alban, admiring the beautiful Rose Window, recreated by the Church’s rescuer in the 19th century, and marvelling at the medieval wall paintings – how amazing to imagine the interior of this wonderful building would at that time be covered with brightly coloured paintings!

The Rose Window


After a great lunch in the Cathedral Café and a little time at leisure, we met up with our second guide of the day to tour the town…and there was plenty to see!  from the Old Clock tower, to the historic Market Hall, and in between, inns, taverns and pubs at every turning!  At one point St Albans had more inns than any other British City! One medieval tavern St. Alban's 'Devil Woman 2'announced itself with a carved ’Devil Woman’ at the entrance…as our guide said, this was either intended to warn the monks from the abbey to keep clear, or to let them know this was the place they were looking for!


We also heard about one of St Albans’ most well known inhabitants…Sam Ryder.


In the 1890s, Samuel Ryder started to sell packets of seeds through the post from his home in St Albans He kept his stock in the garden shed of his house on Folly Lane, and was assisted by his wife and daughter. The business grew rapidly until the business moved to a large packaging workshop on Holywell Hill, employing around 100 staff.  At this time he established a separate herb business, Heath and Heather, with his brother James.


Commit no nuisanc door with grouBpAfter a period of ill health in 1908, Ryder’s friend Frank Wheeler, suggested that Ryder take up golf as a way to get more fresh air. He became an enthusiastic amateur, joining Verulam Golf Club, where he quickly progressed and was appointed captain in 1911, 1926 and 1927.  After funding an international golf competition in 1926, he sponsored the Ryder Cup, donating a gold trophy for the first biennial golf championship between the best professional golfers in the USA and the UK in 1927.

Who knows where we will visit next year?  To join our mailing list and to get an invitation to our next day trip, email us now:  info@hazle.com

A ‘Day of Dickens’

On 24th March 40 collectors, plus Hazle Stephen and members of the Hazle eramics team gathered outside Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, ready for a day full of Charles Dickens…and what a day it was!

The weather was amazingly good, the food and the atmosphere at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese was even better that expected, with groups of collectors seated in the Chop Room, and every level of the cellar bar.

Our guided walk was led by David, who stood in for Jean at the very last moment, after Jean was suddenly taken ill. He impressed everyone with his knowledge of the life and works of Charles Dickens, and used his booming voice to great dramatic effect.

We arrived at the Dickens Museum with some sore feet amongst us, but everyone agreeing the walk was more than worthwhile, and very ready for a cup of tea and a look at our NEW Dickens Ceramic, The Charles Dickens Birthplace (see below) If you came along, Thank you for joining us, we hope you enjoyed your ‘Day of Dickens’. What shall we do next?

The Charles Dickens Birthplace: Portsmouth

Charles Dickens was born at 1 Mile End Terrace, Portsmouth on 7th February 1812.  Although his family moved to London when Charles was three, the author retained a lifelong bond with the city.

13cm tall, and shows a silhouette of Oliver Twist

to the rear.

Price £28.00

Visit our shop for more information, or click here to buy now

Frame your Ceramics

If you display your ‘Nation of Shopkeepers’ collection by wall hanging them, you can do it in style with one of our purpose made frames.

Choose from two sizes and two finishes, designed to suit both traditional and modern interiors.

The Mahogany frame has a dark blue ‘night sky’ effect background, the Beech effect frame comes with a soft grey interior.  These backgrounds are made from loop fabric, so you can safely and easily hold your ceramics in place using sticky back velco, and when you want to change your display, you can put different ceramics in place in seconds!

The internal height (the size of the fabrid background)  of our frames is 265mm (10.5″) whichever size you choose.  The internal width of the small size frame is 380mm (15″) and of the medium frame is 575mm (22.75″)

To order your frames now visit our shop or click here

Sorry overseas collectors… but due to the size of the frames, these can only be shipped to a UK address.