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“Combustion Paradise”

Anson Engine Museum
Ranked #70 of 317 things to do in Cheshire
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Owner description: It used to be one of the best kept secrets among Cheshire's many attractions but over the past few years it has undergone some major changes and is now recognized as one of the country's leading specialist museums. Situated in Higher Poynton, the museum is on the site of the old Anson Colliery. Engine enthusiasts from all over the world come to visit this fascinating museum. However, it is increasingly becoming a "must visit" attraction for non-enthusiasts too and won the "Visitors Choice" award (voted for by the public) when they were asked "where would you take a visitor to the Macclesfield area"? As well as the largest collection of engines in Europe, the museum also has changing displays of local history items such as photographs, maps, mementos and keepsakes from the Vernon Estate and Anson Colliery. Open one weekend a month in 2015.
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 217 helpful votes
“Combustion Paradise”
Reviewed April 30, 2012

Went to the Anson Engine Museum and was completely taken aback by the amount of engines they have there. Whether you like steam, diesel or petrol they have them all, and they work. They are not just for looking at. Some of the engine are linked up to hammers, generators you name it they probably have it somewhere on site. A must see is the model of the estate of Lord Vernon. It is a magnificent piece of model engineering. It replicates how it was many years ago. The tiny houses are exact replicas of the original houses that were there. If you take a overhead camera shot you would think it was taken from a hot air balloon. Outside is a workshop area where they have “bodgers” making outdoor furniture and showing how to turn wood on a foot operated lathe. There is a furnace where they heat up metal and then move it to the 3cwt belt driven hammer. The ground vibrates every time it hits the metal being worked. A real treat to see so many engines that still work and the whole place is a credit to the team.

Visited April 2012
2 Thank number1leadman
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English first
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“A good FBHVC destination”
Reviewed April 29, 2012

FBHVC Drive-it-day – Sunday 22nd April 2012

Starting from The Elephant pub in Shavington, nr Crewe, Cheshire, five cars set off to the Anson Engine Museum at Higher Poynton, Cheshire which is a 35 mile run there. Picking up a sixth club member on the way past Sandbach, and on arrival two more club members arrived via their own routes. Although it rained on and off for the visit, we were warmly welcomed by the museum volunteers, who show us the amazing model of Poynton and all its coal pits as it was in 1903, the large model being a facsimile of the place down to the last correctly placed tree and hedge. Then we were given demonstrations of various working engines, in particular the lighting and starting of the Gardner 4T5 semi-diesel. At noon people who wanted, started to collect to make their way to the Boars Head pub just up the road for an excellent Sunday roast beef lunch. Some went back, while a few of us went a few more yards up the road to have a look at the Macclesfield canal, Higher Poynton boat yard, and marina. By three, the last of us were getting into our cars for the run back through the more leafy and expensive by-roads of Dean Row and Alderley Edge. All in all, a very good and successful Drive It Day.

Visited April 2012
1 Thank S B
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Greater Manchester
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Hidden gem”
Reviewed April 22, 2012

Visited the Anson Engine Museum with Manchester Civic Society. Everyone found it fascinating and we look forward to having a review in our newsletter. Well done to those who built the massive scale model of the surrounding area as it was 100 years ago, and thank you to the curator who gave us an interesting and informative tour.

Visited April 2012
1 Thank RHardman1
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15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“a museum that comes to life”
Reviewed September 9, 2011

A great place to visit for anyone interested in early and very big engines, the staff are very friendly and helpful, they offer to start many of the engines while explaining all about them, too see these old engines come to life is a great acheivement.
This place is a real gem.

Visited August 2011
1 Thank racer2_uk
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Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed June 19, 2011

have been to the museum on more than one occaision , a while has passed before this last visit . My word !!!! speechless at the amount of work carried out by the friendly & informative members of the museum . So many more engines running & just try stopping them from firing one ( or several ) into life . I have no connection with the museum , however , we all felt like we belonged there . Pity that home time reared its head , we would have stayed longer . It is not just engines , but a great deal of history from our region . Mr Foden , you are a star , you made my son's day operating the air starter on the sleeve valve engine . So much smoke . Thank you to everyone there

Visited June 2011
1 Thank Steve-Bracegirdle
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