The Rock Lane Cider Press
Whilst researching the history of the village I was told that there was a cider press on Rock
Lane. Many others I spoke to could not remember it. Walking past some demolition and reconstruction work
that was taking place on the probable site the gentleman involved showed me where he had had to move some
stonework that he later realised might have been the cider press, though nothing
now remained. Some time later I was engaged in conversation with
Dave Griffiths, who was the groundsman
for the parish for many years, when were able to discover a piece of the press.
His neighbour was building a small garden wall which needed to be curved. Ever
helpful, Dave offered a piece of stone that was lying around. This map taken
from the title deeds of a cottage on Rock Lane shows the location of the cider
And here is the piece that Dave salvaged.