Saturday, May 23, 2015

Petting a Shetland Pony


We met a miniature Shetland pony in Ashton under Lyne this Saturday.

The young lady who was looking after it told me its name but I've forgotten what she said. She did say they were a charity based in Leicester and they take their "petting ponies" to schools, hospices and care homes around the country to meet people and raise money to support various children's charities and Riding for the Disabled.

More information can be found on their website The Phoenix Children's Foundation.

A contribution to Saturday Critters and Camera Critters.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Two Trees Lane United Methodist Free Church


Two Trees Lane United Methodist Free Church, Haughton Green, Denton, Manchester, UK was built next door to the Cock Hotel, which predates it. Architecturally, it has a strong resemblance to the Wesleyan Sunday School on the opposite side of Two Trees Lane (now much altered), which was built in 1877, and it is possible that the same architect designed both buildings.

The date of closure of the church is unknown but trade directories suggest that it was prior to 1903. It was by then known as Victoria Works and was occupied by the engineering firm of John Brown (Denton) Ltd which was founded in 1880 and specialised in the manufacture of hat wire and spokes for the cycle and motor trades.


Additional information on its history can be found on the Pitt Dixon website.

The current occupiers are Moorside Manufacturing, a family owned and run precision engineering company formed in 1991.

A contribution to
Inspired Sundays;
Whimsical Windows, Delirious Doors.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Cock Hotel, Haughton Green


The Cock Hotel on Two Trees Lane, Haughton Green, Denton, Manchester dates back to the mid/late 19th century. There is nothing more about it I can tell you.


A contribution to signs, signs and Skywatch Friday.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Shadows on Bridge #2


Bridge #2 on the Peak Forest Canal carries the B6139 Ashton Street over the canal near Shepley Industrial Estate.

We passed under it last Friday when we celebrated our son's 34th birthday and escaped the aftermath of the election by taking a trip on Community Spirit, a narrowboat operated by the East Manchester Community Boat Project.

On this section of the journey the sun shone and cast shadows of the trees on the bridge.

A contribution to Shadow Shot Sunday.

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Signs at the end of Hulme Road


The sign denotes that the speed limit on Manchester Road ahead is 40mph and this is the end of the 20mph zone.

The poplar trees visible in the background are in the grounds of Denton Golf Course.

A contribution to signs, signs.

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Shadows in Thornley Park


Thornley Park is a small park in the Denton West area of Tameside, Greater Manchester.


I have been unable to find anything much about its history, but a 1955 photo in the Francis Firth collection shows some large ornamental bushes around the gardens and the presence of a pavilion. Now the only building in the park is an electricity substation and the gardens have been reduced to neat lawns and small bushes that require minimum maintenance.


In the centre of the park is a recent war memorial inscribed:
IN
PROUD MEMORY
OF
THE MEN
AND WOMEN
WHO GAVE THEIR
LIVES AT THE CALL
OF THEIR COUNTRY
IN THE TWO WORLD
WARS AND IN THE
YEARS SINCE 1945
WE WILL
REMEMBER THEM

A contribution to Shadow Shot Sunday.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

ABC Wednesday:
O is for Orinoco Goose


The Orinoco Goose is a 5-star, 69ft long, 8-berth narrowboat that operates out of the Anderton Basin.

Seen here on the Ashton Canal at Portland Basin by the junction with the Peak Forest Canal, it is probably doing the circuit known as the "Cheshire Ring".

A contribution to
Water World Wednesday;
ABC Wednesday.