Meadow Pit Memorial Gardens

The Old Meadow Pit's location has evolved into a pleasant and picturesque woodland domain, but keeps its Victorian links with the nearby Blists Hill Museum by way of a public footpath. The Gardens are at the gateway to the path and the old pit mound.

From their peace and tranquillity nestling beside the woodlands and a traditional English sporting pastime that is locally, Madeley Cricket Club, the views from the gardens span as far as the eye can see. Panoramic glances across the County of Shropshire and beyond into neighbouring Staffordshire capture the imagination of local life and events, spanning the Centuries, including Royal Oak Country. It was at Orleton Park in nearby Wellington, that the monarch first declared War on Cromwell, c.1643.

Indeed here in Madeley it is believed King Charles II, rested whilst evading Oliver Cromwell's Army, on September 5th 1651. The building he used, still stands to this day and is close by.

His Majesty, King Charles I, had previously caused the closure of a mine in Shropshire, Circa 1647, when it's miner's joined his Royal Army. The King was beheaded in 1649 (History tells us,... Cromwell was postumously! "executed" in 1662, but he Died in 1659). What happened to the miner's, is any one's guess. The Mine Near Ellesmere, remained closed.

Full of traditional English roses and plants after many years of private investment and effort, Meadow Pit Memorial Gardens are maintained for the benefit of the owners and the community. Best viewed in the spring and summer when they display a vivid array of colours, they are open all year round and entry is free.