Ware Travel Guide

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    Ware Weir and Lock Syphon
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Ware Things to Do

  • Walk the Cut.

    I have mentioned in other parts of this page that my reason for even being in Ware in the first place were that I was walking the Lea Valley Walk in sections as one of my little projects. I love to walk long-distance paths and have done quite a number, especially those in or near London and I absolutely recommend them.This tip is not perhaps as...

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  • Gaze at the gazebos.

    Again I apologise for the terrible wordplay in the title of this tip, it just seems to be something I can't resist these days.Having had a very pleasant time in Ware as the other tips on this page hopefully indicate, I decided it was time to move on as it was mid January which meant not a lot of daylight and I did want to get a few more miles done....

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  • There are no more like him.

    I mentioned in my introduction page that the predominant industry in the Ware area was the quarrying of the local gravel pits which were finally worked out in the 1970's but another important local industry was that of malting. This particular trade was at it's height in the 18th and very early 19th centuries and provided one of the major...

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  • Another very fine church

    I have mentioned often here on Virtual Tourist that I am of no religious persuasion nor have been for many years and I am no great fan of organised religion. That being said, I find places of worship to be of infinite interest irrespective of the god(s) worshipped therein. I make no difference between church, chapel, cathedral, mosque, synagogue,...

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  • Lest we forget.

    Readers of my pages here on Virtual Tourist will know that I have a love of military history and will always seek out a Regimental Museum or historical battle site or whatever other remnant of a former site of conflict remains. This leads on to a fascination with (never a love for) war graves and memorials wherever in the world they may be.As I...

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  • Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin

    The church is Grade 1 listed; and is a peaceful place in the heart of the town and the High Street. There is evidence of there being a church on the site since1078, probably of Saxon origins.It was expanded and developed over the years, and was aligned to Norman Lords and Abbeys.

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  • The Maltmaker Statue

    In commemoration of the link Ware has to malt making. This was carried out in Ware until the 1960s. The statue was created by Jill Tweed.

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  • Ware Museum

    I tend to visit the local museums where I visit our offices. Sometimes these are quite unexpected finds and other times not. I am not 100% sure about where I would place this museum.The staff were very friendly, there is a medieval well under glass with water visible and a WWII bunker exhibition.There is a good museum shop too. They suggest a £3.00...

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  • Scott's Grotto

    One of the most quirky sights in England, Scott's Grotto was created in the 1760s by the Quaker poet and reformer, John Scott, making it the country's largest grotto. Tucked away in a street of modern houses to the south of the town centre, it has six underground chambers connected by passages, extending for 67 feet into the chalk hillside. The...

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  • The Priory

    The original friary was founded in 1338 (no one knows the story of how it came to be known as The Priory). After the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII in the 1530s, the building has undergone many phases of construction and alteration during its 650 year life. Being in private ownership, a hospital during the first World War, and then in...

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  • Ware Museum

    The Ware Museum was established in 1986 and incorporates the town's World War II command bunker used during air raids, a medieval well discovered during building work (which you can walk on!) and an outside herb garden. Items from the museum collection on permanent display include Iron Age and Roman pottery, a Roman coffin, a unique collection of...

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  • Maltmaker Statue

    The Maltmaker state in the Ware Memorial Gardens outside St Mary's Church was especially commissioned to mark the Millennium. The bronze life size plus a quarter statue of a Ware maltster and his cat was erected in autumn 1999 to commemorate six hundred years of the malting industry in Ware which no longer exists except for the existing malting...

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  • Library

    The library was built in 1765 as a maltster's house on the site of the Crown, one of the homes of the Great Bed of Ware which dates from around 1590 and measures ten by eleven feet. It's now in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. The building later became the town house of the wealthy maltster Henry Page (1813-94) before becoming the County...

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  • Former Royal Oake

    This 14th century building was rebuilt in 1624 to include a Roman Catholic Chapel. It became the Royal Oake Inn after the restoration of King Charles II in 1660.

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  • Old Punch House

    The Old Punch House was a well known resort for elderly gentlemen in Victorian times. It's now a modern pub.

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  • Former Bear Inn

    This building along the High Street was built on the site of the 15th century Bear Inn which later became the Falcon Foundry, run by Charles Wells in the 1830s making fittings for the Maltings.

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  • Leaside Church

    This Methodist church is located via a small passageway from East Street and was built in 1816 before being rebuilt in 1859.

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  • Town Hall

    The town hall was built in 1827 on the site of an earlier market as an arcaded corn market with a meeting hall above. It became a shop in the 1840s and was restored in 1985. It's now an estate agents.

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  • The Gazebos

    The wonderful looking gazebos or 'Dutch summerhouses' were erected along the River Lea from 1690 onwards at the end of the gardens of the former inns to give guests a peaceful outlook, away from the hurly-burly of the High Street. This group is unique in England.

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  • River Lea

    The River Lea flows through Ware and was made navigable as a canal between Hertford Castle and the River Thames in London. The canal provided excellent access for barges in Ware's main industry of malting but today is home to leisure barges. If you take a walk along the towpath you'll see the gazebos which were first erected in the 1690s (see next...

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  • Sacred Heart of Jesus & St Joseph Church

    This Roman Catholic Church, built in 1939, is located just a little further up the hill from Christ Church along New Road.

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Ware Restaurants

  • A snacking location

    I was walking back to the local station and decided to have something to eat. The chips were excellent and the staff professional and friendly.They have seating available for 20 people.They use only nut free oil to fry with and offer an All Day Special.

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  • Genuine Thai food

    In Britain the spicy foods from countries such as India and Thailand are often westernised, the spices reduced and sweetness added. Not so with Sala Thai, this is genuine Royal Thai food as you would find in Thailand.Relaxed, casual with excellent, friendly service. With Thai food it's a good idea to have a few people dining together so that a...

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Ware Nightlife

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    Pubs: All there is

    by Willettsworld Written Jun 2, 2009

    For a town of around 18,000 residents, Ware has over 20 pubs and bars! A complete list can be found by checking the website below:

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Ware Transportation

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    Train Station

    by Willettsworld Updated Jun 2, 2009

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    The train station is located to the south of the town centre and is rather unusual in that it has only a single platform and track on what is otherwise a double track railway. Ware sits on the Hertford East branch line which provides services to London's Liverpool Street. For information on timetables visit the website below.

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Ware Shopping

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    High Street: High street

    by Willettsworld Updated Jun 2, 2009

    Unlike High Streets in most English towns, Ware's still has most of its original buildings without ugly 1960s-70s shopping arcades. It is, of course, the main street for shopping with a Tesco supermarket, bakers, pubs and restaurants.

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Ware General

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    living in ware

    by mikalaurila Written Apr 11, 2005

    Favorite thing: I spent a year living in Ware. Couldn't believe how many 'Australians' were already in the area! Really enjoyed that it was my idea of 'England'! Easy to get to by train and easy to travel to London!

    Fondest memory: I miss visiting the MANY pubs, especially on cold winter evenings! So many within walking distance. Pretty river walks aswell. Enjoyed watching spring signets grow into swans over the year!

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