Last Drop Village
Just up from Bromley Cross is this strange but popular place. The 'last drop'
could refer to several things, among them execution by hanging, or 'ducking'.
Not a real village, it was an old collection of farmhouses, converted into
popular shops and a public house,
set in the grounds of a hotel and private leisure suite.
The so-called Millennium beacon was lit at the Last Drop Village this year,
on new years eve 1999, forming one of a chain of many. (So called because the
new millennium actually started in 2001, just to be pedantic!) Similarly,
for the Queen's Golden Jubilee, the Last Drop served its role in a chain on
beacons in June 2002.
The fountain and wishing well centres in Market Place, with the Drop Inn on
the left. Above the shops is the Penny Farthing Suite, a conference and
exhibition area, used on some Sundays for an antiques fair. Among the shops
is a bakery, tea room, bookshop (mainly old books) and several craft shops,
one specializing in gemstones.
One shop that has been at the village since 1982 is the Milestone Shop with
customised jewellery and a qualified gemologist, at http://themilestoneshop.co.uk/
The antique fair is now periodical, and details can be found at
http://www.englishantiquefairs.co.uk/. Year 2000/01 dates are
7th May 2000, 4th June 2000, 2nd July 2000,6th August 2000, 3rd September
2000, 1st October 2000, 5th November 2000, 3rd December 2000, 7th January
2001, 4th February 2001, 4th March 2001, 1st April 2001.
Just below the sign are a set of stocks.
Open fireplaces and beamed construction add to the atmosphere of this public
house. The Drop Inn has a magnificent daily buffet lunch, pick what you
want and all you can eat from a traditional selection of food.
The shops lie beyond the archway. The buildings in this picture comprise the
hotel's accommodation and dining area. You may contact the hotel on +44 (0)1204
This map shows the general layout of the complex. The hotel and leisure club
forming the central part, with the shops around the outside. Also included in
the shops is a bakery, and a sweet shop.
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A place set for two in the tea shop 1996
Traditional tea, or coffee served here.
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Bob the waiter from the tea shop 1996
The staff dress to the style of the village.
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View of Bolton from Last Drop May 2000
Being on the upper part of the moors, there are good view of Bolton.
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