Monday, 1 September 2014

Old Tractor


This old tractor has lain abandoned at a farmyard for many years now.

As I only know some of its story and not how much of that is mere speculation I am saying nothing.

A contribution to the CDPB Rust and Ruin theme.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Shadows across Woodend Lane


The end of Woodend Lane from the top of Church Brow looking towards St George's Church.

There is just a feint glimpse of the church tower behind the foliage above the top of the houses on the right. The lych gate can be seen between the cars at the top of the photograph.

A contribution to Scenic Weekends and Shadow Shot Sunday.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Reflections at Mocha Joe's


The tables at Mocha Joe's in Clarendon Square Shopping Centre provide a reflection of the roof of the mall and the sky above.

For a direct view of the roof see my post of 22nd August 2014.

For a taller view showing Mocha Joe's as well as the reflection see Geograph.

A contribution to Weekend Reflections.

Friday, 29 August 2014

KFC starting to go up


Compare this scene with the view one week earlier on Hyde DP Xtra.

The new KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) outlet is starting to rise on the right as the car park on the left is being levelled.

A contribution to Good Fences and Skywatch Friday.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Sign of the Crown and Cushion


The sign of the Crown and Cushion on Victoria Street, Newton.

I understand the name relates to the Coronation ceremony where the crown lies on a cushion before being placed on the head of the new monarch.

See a view of the pub itself on Hyde DP Xtra.

A contribution to signs, signs.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

ABC Wednesday: G is for Gerrards, Gee Cross


In the 17th century, opposite the end of Apethorn Lane was a small group of cottages known as Gerrards Fold.

The Ashton family farmed there before they embarked on the cotton trade in the district.

Towards the end of the 19th century the old fold was converted into a large Elizabethan style house known as "The Gerrards".

James Bradley lived there around 1905, Gladstone stayed there too as did a ghost. The now disgraced Stuart Hall once wanted to buy the property but the then owner refused him.

At the turn of the 21st century the house was demolished and replaced by three-storey modern town houses.

For an old photograph see the Hydonian blog.

A contribution to ABC Wednesday.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Broadbottom Station


Apologies for the reflections as this was taken with my phone camera through a train window.

The Sheffield, Ashton-under-Lyne & Manchester Railway called the station "Broadbottom" when it opened on 10 December 1842. In July 1845, the name became "Mottram". The MS&L later decided on the best of both worlds when they renamed the station "Mottram and Broadbottom" on 1 May 1884. From 1 August 1897, the MS&LR became the Great Central Railway (GCR), and the GCR was merged with other companies to form the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) on 1 January 1923.

Modern officials were not happy with such duplicity and the station reverted to its original title on 1 January 1954. Something of the former legend, though, was applied with the suffix "for Mottram and Charlesworth" remaining in use until comparatively recently.

Goods facilities here ceased on 15 July 1963 and the station remains open today. Catering for never more than local traffic the station did have a moment of glory for a short period in the 1920s, when the LNERs morning restaurant car express from Manchester London Road to London Marylebone called here.

Currently it is a stop of the Northern Rail service between Manchester Piccadilly and Glossop/Hadfield.

A contribution to Our World Tuesday.