Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Nurse's House, Denton


In 1887 Queen Victoria's Jubilee Institute for Nurses was founded with the object of providing skilled nursing for the sick poor in their own homes. Subsequently, many provincial sick nursing associations were established that were affiliated to the Jubilee Institute for Nurses. In 1897 a meeting of the Subscribers of the Denton Sick Nursing Association was held after which it was announced that William Lees of Town Lane had promised £500 towards the cost of erecting a nurses home. It was resolved that Denton Urban District Council be asked for a suitable plot of land upon which to erect a nurses home. In 1898 William Lees, a Master Brewer by occupation, agreed to erect, at his own cost, a nurses home and vest the same in the Trustees.

The home on Market Street was occupied by a succession of nurses belonging to the Denton Sick Nursing Association. As built, the ground-floor accommodation of the Nurses Home consisted of two rooms, a kitchen and a storeroom, while the first floor accommodation consisted of five rooms and a WC. There was also a full-height cellar and in 2009 this still contained the original copper boiler used for washing laundry. Outside there was a WC and a garage but the latter may not have been an original feature. A small garden was also provided.


A stone tablet over the entrance reads:

NURSES HOME
ERECTED BY
WILLIAM LEES 1900

Much more on the history of Denton Nurses Home can be found on the PittDixon website.

A contribution to ABC Wednesday.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

ABC Wednesday: M is for
More Metrolink Manoeuvres in Manchester.

Last week I brought you photographs of Manchester Central Library and Library Walk. Here are some more photographs I took that same day.


This area off Cooper Street and Princess Street in front of the Town Hall Extension was formerly occupied by a Peace Garden. It has been used as a building site for the last few years, firstly during the renovations to the Central Library and now for the revamping of the St Peter's Square area and the construction of the new Metrolink Second City Crossing.

The rapid extension of the Metrolink network since 2009 has placed significant extra demand on the existing line through the centre of Manchester due to the additional number of tram movements as all the routes run through a single line in the city centre. In January 2014, work began on a second Metrolink line through city centre as part of the Transport Strategy for Manchester City Centre. As well as giving extra capacity, it will also provide more flexibility to serve special events and reduce disruption caused by future maintenance and renewals in the city centre.

The route will run from the existing line at Victoria Station, through Exchange Square, Corporation Street and Cross Street and Princess Street to the existing Deansgate-Castlefield stop via an extended and enlarged stop at St Peter’s Square.


The current Metrolink tram stop at St Peter's Square has two platforms. Behind southbound platform on the left the area around St George's Cross and the Cenotaph is fenced off. As part of the major redevelopment of the St Peter's Square area, the Grade II* listed Cenotaph has been surrounded by scaffolding and is being dismantled.

The war memorial will be relocated from its current island site between the St Peter's Square Metrolink platform and Mosley Street to a new spot opposite the Cooper Street entrance of the Town Hall. The cenotaph will be put into storage for cleaning and restoration work to be carried out before it is reinstated in its new location in time for the annual Remembrance Sunday service in the autumn.

St Peter's Cross, which marks the original location of St Peter's Church, will be restored and reassembled in its current location following the work.

The northbound platform is full of people waiting for the Rochdale tram that is just crossing Oxford Street.


As I walked down the platform, past the waiting crowds Metrolink tram #3031 en route to Altrincham went by but the Rochdale bound tram #3033 had broken down on the crossing and a further three trams were stacked up behind it.


As Oxford Street was reduced to one lane due to the work surrounding the Cenotaph, traffic was having a problem getting round the broken down tram.

I left them to it and went to catch a bus.

A contribution to ABC Wednesday.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Captured colours at Gorton Station


I was on a train from Manchester Piccadilly which stopped briefly at Gorton Station.

I couldn't help capturing this scene with my phone-camera.

The blue benches and the yellow gritbox lie by the side of the turning point for the access ramp which leads to street level high above.

A contribution to
Good Fences and
Skywatch Friday as well as
Shadow Shot Sunday,
Monday Mellow Yellows and
Blue Monday.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

ABC Wednesday: L is for
Library Walk, Manchester


Library Walk is a curved walkway connecting St Peter's Square to Mount Street between Manchester Central Library and the Town Hall Extension.

A new, glass bubble-like enclosure, which features a reflective metal roof, was designed by leading Manchester architect Ian Simpson and given planning approval in 2012 despite a controversial reception, including a petition signed by more than 1,400 people.

The council are installing a £3.5m glazed link part way along the passageway, connecting the newly revamped library and town hall, but they have safety concerns about keeping the paved corridor open to the public at night and have applied for an order to remove the public right of way from the walkway and halt public access with the stretch partly gated off between the hours of 10pm and 6am.

Read a report in the Manchester Evening News


This is the view from Mount Street

Campaign group Friends of Library Walk. who describe the walkway as a space of "significant architectural merit". are opposed to the proposals.

Find more information on the Friends of Library Walk website.


Manchester Central Library, which had been closed since 2010 for a £48million renovation programme to restore original its features and install 21st Century technology, finally reopened to the public on Saturday, 22nd March 2014. The building, which first opened in 1934, is a Grade II listed building viewed here on Monday 24th March 2014 looking across the metrolink tramway from Oxford Street. Library Walk is on the right.

A contribution to ABC Wednesday.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Only Six Allowed


I found this sign in the lift up to the coffee lounge in the New Central Methodist Church in Blackpool.

"Only 6 wheelchairs can be allowed in the coffee lounge at any one time due to health & safety and risk assessment."

So just what jobsworth decides six is safe and seven isn't?

A contribution to signs, signs.

Monday, March 24, 2014

A little bird told me


Last October I did a post about the mural Taking the cure on the wall of the Winter Gardens at the end of Adelphi Street in Blackpool.

The text "Taking the cure" refered to the Victorian pastime of coming to Blackpool to bathe in the sea as it supposedly had healing qualities, but alas someone took it to be a reference to drugs and the work was threatened with erasure.

Local artists Chris Fenn and Hannah Nickson have rescued it by adding a few items and the hopefully less offensive text "A little bird told me".

Read the story on artist id-iom's website.

A contribution to Monday Murals.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Caroline Street, Foxhall, Blackpool


The street-name signs in the Foxhall area of Blackpool are of this interesting design.


Caroline Street is on the corner of Princess Street just up from bridge featured in my post of March 16th.

A contribution to signs, signs.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Princess Street Bridge, Blackpool


This is the bridge over Princess Street looking west. It originally carried the railway line between Blackpool South and Blackpool Central stations.


This view is looking east. The railway line closed in 1964 and in the 1980s a road was built along the trackbed.


The former sidings approaching Blackpool Central have been converted into the Central car and coach park. The eastern parapet of the bridge can be seen on the right. The western portal is set back behind the hoardings on the right.


On the inside of the western parapet of the bridge is some graffiti/street art. I suspect this dates from 2012 but I haven't been able to confirm this.


This image from Streetview shows how it looked in 2009.

A contribution to Sunday Bridges at San Francisco Bay Daily Photo and Monday Murals.