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.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

N is for Narrowboats


This narrowboat is called Tinkerbelle and is moored on the Ashton Canal just east of Portland Basin.

On the left past the moorings is Cavendish Mill, a Grade II* listed former cotton spinning mill built between 1884 and 1885 for the Cavendish Spinning Company. It ceased spinning cotton in 1934 and was then used for a variety of purposes before it was converted into housing in 1994.

There is no towpath beyond this point as the canal was closed until the turn of the 21st century when the Huddersfield Narrow Canal was restored and re-opened. The canal now passes through a tunnel under the Asda supermarket.

A contribution to Water World Wednesday and ABC Wednesday.

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Arise and Shine


The Arise and Shine Christian Ministry on Hyde Road, Gorton, Manchester shares its premises with "BetFred". I wonder how many other churches share their premises with a betting shop.

A contribution to Inspired Sundays.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

St Mary's Haughton Green Revisited


Following on from my earlier post featuring St Mary's, Haughton Green I've been back and taken some more photographs.


The Church of St Mary the Virgin, Meadow Lane, Haughton Green, Lancashire, UK is of timber frame construction and was built in 1874/6, the architects being the brothers James Medland and Henry Taylor of Manchester. The design was inspired by the nearby Church of St Lawrence in Denton.


This shows the south side of the church viewed from Meadow Lane.


On the wall next to the rear door is a Millennium sundial.


The lychgate is also by James Medland and Henry Taylor. The slated roof is supported by a timber frame that, in turn, rests on stone walls. The two posts rise from, and are braced to, sole plates attached to the walls. The upper parts of the posts are braced to tie-beam trusses on each side and the eaves and verges overhang the roof trusses. The timber gates are hung on iron hinges.


Further information on the history of the church can be found on the PittDixon website whilst current information can be found on the Church website.

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

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Church of St Mary the Virgin, Meadow Lane, Haughton Green

Photograph © Gerald England

Following up on my earlier post about Haughton Green, the Church of St Mary the Virgin is of timber frame construction and was built in 1874/6, the architects being the brothers James Medland and Henry Taylor of Manchester. The design was inspired by the nearby Church of St Lawrence in Denton. The foundation stone was laid by its benefactor, James Walton, on Saturday, 11 April 1874 and the church was consecrated on Saturday, 25 March 1876. More information can be found on the PittDixon site. The church is Grade II listed.

The lychgate is also by James Medland and Henry Taylor. The slated roof is supported by a timber frame that, in turn, rests on stone walls. The two posts rise from, and are braced to, sole plates attached to the walls. The upper parts of the posts are braced to tie-beam trusses on each side and the eaves and verges overhang the roof trusses. The timber gates are hung on iron hinges. It too is Grade II listed.

For current activity visit the Church website.

A contribution to Inspired Sundays.

Friday, March 06, 2015

Hail on Hyde Road


The A57 at Crown Point, Denton. On the right is the entrance to Morrison's supermarket. The fence separating the pavement from the busy road is reflected in the window of the Quicksilver fireworks shop. A shower of hail is just falling but failing to stick.

A contribution to
Good Fences;
Skywatch Friday;
Weekend Reflections;
Scenic Weekends