Wednesday, March 04, 2015

ABC Wednesday:
H is for Haughton Green

Haughton Green is an ancient locality in South-east Lancashire. In 1894 it merged with neighbouring Denton.

Originally a rural area, with most of its built up areas along the main roads and in the old village, it became more built up when the Manchester (Beswick) overspill estate was located here in the late 50s behind existing housing on Two Trees Lane. There was also building of new middle class housing in and around the original village at the same time. This increased its size significantly as housing now extended down into the valley and next to wooded areas.

I first posted some photos of Haughton Green here in September 2009.

A contribution to ABC Wednesday and signs, signs.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Street Art in Manchester by Ruby Heart

The latest street art to decorate the former toilets in Stevenson Square, Manchester is by Leeds based artist Ruby Heart.

A contribution to Monday Murals.

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Window shopping in St Annes

© Gerald England

A man with two dogs outside a charity shop on Wood Street, St Anne's on the Sea.

A notice warns about wheel-clamping operations.

A contribution to
Saturday Critters;
Weekend Reflections;
Camera Critters;
Shadow Shot Sunday.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

The historic Manchester Woolworth's site.

photograph © 2015, Gerald England.

The former Woolworths Manchester store on the corner of Piccadilly and Oldham Street was for a long time Noble's Amusements but is now a Travelodge with a Morrisons Local store, Nando's and Zizzi also occupying the ground floor. Buses for Ashton under Lyne leave from outside.

Creative Commons Licence [Some Rights Reserved]   © Copyright David Dixon and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

The Woolworth's department store at the corner of Oldham Street and Piccadilly in Manchester, photographed a few days after the disastrous fire of 8th May 1979 which killed 10 people and left a further 47 needing hospital treatment.

The store comprised six floors along with two basement levels and at the time was said to be the largest Woolworth store in Europe. Crucially, the store had no sprinkler system fitted. It is believed that the fire was started by a damaged electrical cable that had furniture stacked in front of it.

The disaster led to a major shake-up in UK fire laws after it was revealed that polyurethane foam fillings in furniture at the store made the situation much worse. The foam would burn rapidly, producing large amounts of thick dense smoke which would have soon obscured the exit signs. This would have led to confusion and, together with the irritants in the smoke affecting people’s vision and causing breathing difficulties, would have hindered any escape. The changes in legislation are believed to have saved thousands of lives since.

At the time, on 8 May 1979, the Woolworth store blaze was the city's worst fire disaster since World War II.

Read the Fire Service report on the fire and the BBC News report.

A contribution to Our World Tuesday.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Three men and a dog

Looking through some old photographs from 2007 I came across this scene taken on Lord Street, Southport, Lancashire.

A contribution to Scenic Weekends;
Saturday Critters;
Camera Critters;
Blue Monday.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Adrift in Manchester

Adrift by John Cassidy is a bronze sculpture of a family clinging to a raft in a stormy sea. The central figure is a half-naked man, holding a sheet aloft in his raised right hand, calling for help. Arranged around him are the figures of his wife and three children. His wife is shown leaning over and kissing their infant son. To the left, is the daughter, her raised arm held in her father's left hand. At the rear is the prone figure of a youth, the elder son, holding his breast. Parts of the raft are visible in the waves which make up the base.

"Adrift" was Manchester's first modern figurative outdoor sculpture. It was the work of the Irish-born sculptor, John Cassidy, who developed a successful studio in Manchester. The work was modelled at Cassidy's studio in Plymouth Grove, Manchester and completed in 1907. It was displayed at the New Gallery, London and purchased by James Gresham who decided to present it as a gift to the City Council with the intention that it would be displayed in the new municipal art gallery that was to be built on the site of the demolished Royal Infirmary in Piccadilly. The plan to build a new gallery was not realised. However, it was eventually moved to Piccadilly to become the centrepiece of the new sunken gardens. The sculpture, surmounting a low rectangular stone base, remained in the centre of the gardens until around 1953 when the construction of the Coronation fountain led to its removal to the southern side of the gardens.

When Piccadilly Gardens was "redesigned" in 2002, the statue was put into storage. In 2009 it re-appeared in St Peter's Square between Library Walk and the tram stop. Two years later it was put into storage during the refurbishment of St Peter's Square. In 2014 it reappeared and is now on the corner of Mount Street and Peter Street outside the refurbished Manchester Central Library and opposite the Midland Hotel.

More information can be found on the John Cassidy website which has photos of it in Piccadilly Gardens with additional information about its latest move on their news page. Other photos by myself, Thomas Nugent and David Dixon can be found on the Geograph website.

A contribution to
Our World Tuesday;
Outdoor Wednesday;
ABC Wednesday.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Koffee Pot

I took this photograph of the artwork on the roller-blind at the Koffee Pot in Stevenson Square, 24th July 2013.

I recently learnt via Manchester Confidential that it closed on Friday 19 December 2014 but will be re-opening in new premises on Oldham Street shortly.

Hatters Hostel, owners of the Stevenson Square site where the cafe has stood for decades, are looking to expand and the Koffee Pot is well in the way.

For more information visit the Koffee Pot website.

A contribution to
Monday Murals;
Blue Monday;
Whimsical Windows, Delirious Doors;
Ruby Tuesday;
Our World Tuesday.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Cat in a basket

I'd been getting my groceries at Morrisons in Denton last week and had just put my trolley back when I noticed this cat grooming itself on one of the baskets that parents use to strap their babies into when shopping.

I had my camera to hand so took a quick picture.

A contribution to
Saturday Critters;
Camera Critters;
Monday Mellow Yellows;
Blue Monday.