Along the Wey you will have the opportunity to discover for yourself:
• How a watermill works.
• How a witch and a cauldron are inexplicably linked to an ancient church.
• How wild flowers and plants were used to fill the medicine chests of people in the days before pharmacies and free health care.
• How paper was made from cloth rags.
• Why men were often used instead of horses to haul heavy barges along the river.
• Who had the coldest job in Britain.
• How gunpowder was made.
• How soldiers and sailors drove large numbers of inns along the valley into bankruptcy.
• Why Hackering Jack was popular with his workers, but so despised by a local lord of the manor that he strove to put an end to him.
• How leather was made.
• Where over the river an early aviator achieved the world’s first aerial loop-the-loop.
• Who the ‘towpath fairies’ were, and where the outlawed bare-knuckle fights were held.
• Why the now hallowed Automobile Association was founded to try and outwit the Valley’s new chief police constable.
• Where you can sit alongside a ghostly congregation dressed in all of their finery.
• Why inn keepers would rather keep Czar Peter the Great of Russia locked out than take the risk of letting him stay.
And much, much more . . . .
Follow an insignificant Hampshire stream as it matures to a fully fledged river that was vital to the introduction of Cisterian Monasteries in Britain in the 12th century.
The River Wey – North Branch
Follow the bubbling Sussex brook as it meanders its way into Hampshire and on to Surrey to meet up with its twin by an Ancient Oak, in a quintessentially English village complete with village pub and cricket green.
The River Wey – South Branch
Follow the river Wey proper, as it gathers pace and influence to meet with the first of the Wey Navigations at the important industrial town that pioneered public electric street lighting in Britain.
The River Wey - from Tilford to Godalming
Follow the younger of the two man-made Navigations, this dug in search of prosperity but bringing instead financial ruin, until it reaches the ancient County town of Surrey.
The Godalming Navigation – from Godalming to Guildford
Follow the main Wey Navigation that sprung from an agricultural experiment in the 17th century resulting in considerable prosperity, and influenced the course of English history.
The Wey Navigation – from Guildford to Weybridge
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