Monday, August 24, 2015

Tarriff Street Mural, Manchester


The mural on a 30 metre long, 3 metre high wall on Tariff Street was created by Parisian artist Florence Blanchard (also known as ema).

The piece, in blues and green, that reflect the waterside location, has a camouflage background with an abstract design on top. It was created over three days in 2013 using spray paints, emulsion and gold paint.

According to a report in Manchester's Finest, the artwork was expected be in place until 31 March 2014, but more than a year later it is still here.

See photographs of it under construction on the artist's blog.

Chrissy featured it in Monday Murals on Mancunian Wave in June 2014.

A contribution to Monday Murals.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Albion Church, Ashton-under-Lyne



Albion Congregational (now United Reformed) Church in Ashton-under-Lyne was built 1890-95. It is Grade II* listed.

On completion the Church was said to be the most beautiful Congregational Church building in England, mainly of Gothic design with glorious stained glass designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones and installed by William. Morris.


More information can be found on the church website

A contribution to
Skywatch Friday;
The Weekend in Black and White;
Inspired Sundays.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Hearing dog on a Metrolink tram


I took this photograph today on a Metrolink tram when it was stopped at Droylsden. The dog is a hearing dog for the deaf. I've not seen too many about. The sun was streaming through the windows and casting shadows.

A contribution to
Saturday Critters;
Camera Critters;
Shadow Shot Sunday;
Monday Mellow Yellows.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Peniel Calvinistic Methodist chapel, Trefriw


Two weeks ago I showed you St Mary's Church, Trefriw.

The small parish church is very much overshadowed by the huge Methodist Chapel.

The old Peniel chapel (up School Bank Road) was built in Victorian times but closed in August 1910 when it became too small for its congregation. Peniel Calvinistic Methodist chapel was built in 1909. The original plans show that it was intended to have a spire and would have been even more imposing.


The new Peniel Chapel seated 550 people, with an attached schoolroom capable of holding 225 more. It was designed by a company from Shrewsbury, and is somewhat reminiscent of a late-Gothic style. Its organ was water-powered.

A contribution to Inspired Sundays.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Haughton Green Methodist Church and Sunday School.


The brick-built church on the corner of Two Trees Lane and Sunningdale Road, Haughton Green, Denton, Manchester, was founded in 1810 as the Haughton Green Wesleyan Chapel. It has a slate roof, a gable at each end and plain rounded windows. Inside, there was a central pulpit at the southern end, a gallery on all four sides and a pipe organ behind the pulpit. The organ was supplied by Alexander Young & Sons in 1894. It was converted from hand-pumping to electric in 1947.


A new entrance to the church was erected in 1913. A house attached to the Church was taken down in 1981.


The Church building was in need of much restoration and the last service was held on January 9th 2011 after which all services were held in the former Sunday School. It was sold to a private buyer in 2012 for conversion into a house.


Since being sold the property has deteriorated further and the former graveyard is overgrown. As of July 2015 it is due to be auctioned.


The Sunday School was built across the road on Two Trees Lane in 1877. In 1974 alterations were made after the congregation of the former Haughton Green Primitive Methodists joined the church. The School is used by community groups as well as the church.


More information and a photograph from 2008 can be seen on the Pitt Dixon website. Additional photographs can be found on Geograph. There is also a Facebook group Friends Of Haughton Green Methodist Church Building.

A contribution to Inspired Sundays.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

St Mary's, Trefriw, Conwy Valley, Wales


A church was built here about 1230 by Llewelyn ap Iorwerth as a chapel of ease for his wife, Joan, who was the daughter of England's King John, as she found the trek up the hill to Llanrhychwyn church too tiring. The church was entirely remodelled in the 15th, 16th and 19th Centuries and no part of the original church now remains except possibly part of the wall of the south aisle.

A contribution to Inspired Sundays.




Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Zozagardo at New Islington


The New Islington Marina is centred on Old Mill Street in an area of Ancoats, Manchester, that has seen considerable urban regeneration since the Millennium. The marina services both the Ashton Canal on one side and the Rochdale Canal on the other, although there is no direct connection between the two canals.


The Zozagardo is a 57ft, metal-hulled narrowboat from the River Weaver that has been based at the New Islington Marina since 2011.


The large central basin off the Rochdale Canal has a number of permanent moorings.


Some narrowboats have been moored at New Islington long enough to develop their own canal-side garden.

A contribution to
ABC Wednesday;
Wednesday Waters;
Skywatch Friday.

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Zion Chapel, Rowen


Zion Chapel or Capel Seion is found in the village of Rowen in the Conwy Valley.


It was built in 1819 as Seion Calvinistic Methodist Chapel and rebuilt in 1841 in the Simple Round-Headed and Vernacular style of the short-wall entry type.


The chapel was rededicated in 1841 as Siloam Particular Baptist Chapel and later used as a Women's Institute Hall and then a private residence.


The chapel is square in shape with three aisles. When it is open it houses an exhibition of Welsh nonconformity; photographs of the school, village and local people.


It has one of the most attractive ceiling roses that I have ever come across

A contribution to
Inspired Sundays;
Blue Monday.