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Wed 29  Mar 2017

On Wed 29 Mar 2017 my great friend and historian Rosemary Boyd died. She is seen here at the unveiling of the memorial to the demolished Clayton-le-Woods reservoir.

Rosemary Boyd & Dr David Hunt 

Cycling through York in the drizzle I stopped to take an interior photo of the Minster

There’s nothing like a bit of blatant propaganda so I found these carvings on a WW1 War Memorial at Sledmere House, Yorkshire quite amusing.
The Hun are shown in several places committing atrocities and being defeated by a single British Soldier.

Mon 27  Mar 2017

My first time over Holme Moss. It was much harder that I thought.
Sun 26  Mar 2017
Its Mothers Day so I cycled to Pleasington and Withnell Fold to pause for a few moments at each location

Pleasington Crematorium

Mum's memorial bench at
Withnell Fold
Sat 23  Mar 2017
Early afternoon at Astley Hall, Chorley to see ‘The Forty Collection’ Exhibition.

Astley Hall, Chorley
The Forty Collection
This beautiful collection of objects was donated in 1984 by Mrs Vera Forty, whose father was John Whittaker, an Accrington-based cotton mill owner and later a local politician. Whilst a businessman in the late 1800s. Whittaker and his mill-owner brother regularly travelled to the far-East, often bringing back trinkets and taking photographs. They travelled over on tea clippers to trade cotton and machinery. We suspect the photographs were taken whilst Mr Whittaker was travelling in the Victorian period, or very early 1900s, but were later developed into colour images through adding false colour. The paintings were done on silk and this gives them a bit of a three-dimensional aspect. The main themes of the paintings are individual people, boats, birds and a lake and mountain scene repeated from different angles.
The ivories are of a variety of scenes and situations from local folklore and were produced well before the 1947 international cut off in the trade of ivory. Whittaker served as a politician from 1895 until his death in 1929 and so will have travelled considerably less in that time as his business commitments took a back seat to his political work.  

Astley Hall, Chorley
Fri 24  Mar 2017

A new bench has appeared in the garden by the Whittle and Clayton-le-Woods War Memorial.
It replaces an old rotten one.

I took this snap while out for a bike ride. It is the milepost by Bury Lane and the A674 Withnell. The photo to the right is the same spot exactly 4 years ago

24th March 2013
Wed 22  Mar 2017
A cold and snowy walk across Tindale Fells, Cumbria. I used my snow shoes for the first time.
Tue 21  Mar 2017

The oak timber roof is now going on Frank's house porch
Sat 18  Mar 2017

A wet walk over Shilstone Hill Exmoor

Wall in Brendon

St Brendan's Church, Rockford, Devon
The current building dates from 1738 with extensive re-construction in 1873.

Church interior

Church door

Shilstone Hill trig post in the mist and rain 
Fri 17  Mar 2017

Early 19th century Sister's Fountain spring near Countisbury

South West Coast path

Fresnel lens of the lighthouse

Lynmouth Foreland Lighthouse or the Countisbury Foreland Lighthouse was completed in 1900 and was automated in 1994. The lighthouse keeper's cottage is now a National Trust holiday cottage.

Foreland Lighthouse

St John the Baptist Church, Countisbury

Church interior
Thu 16  Mar 2017

Washford Railway Station on the way to the Quantock Hills

Lots of hores riders around while walking on the Quantock Hills

Back at the Dead Woman's Ditch car park were some interesting mountain bikes. This one has an electric motor for rider assistance

An amazing 50 tooth rear cassette

In Nether Stowey I visited Coleridge Cottage. In 1797 the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge rented the cottage. While he lived there he wrote many of his better known works such as The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan.

Coleridge Cottage kitchen but not the one used by Coleridge

The room where Coleridge wrote The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan



Above Nether Stowey is the 11th century Stowey Castle mound.
Wed 15  Mar 2017
I'm visiting the Exmoor Somerset area for the first time.

Woods near Bossingtom Moor

Memorial near Selworthy Beacon to Sir Thomas Dyke Acland (1787 - 1871) erected 1878

Sir Thomas Dyke Acland (1787 - 1871)
From Wikipedia

Coastguard station on Hurlestone Point which was built in 1900 and now roofless and abandoned


Lower Allerford

An interesting house near Selworthy

Sunset from Bossington Hill
Tue 14  Mar 2017

My first visit to the Vue Cinema, Blackburn.
Sun 12  Mar 20017
The new footpath link bridge is now in place from Magill Close to Lady Crosse Drive, Whittle-le-Woods.
Sat 11  Mar 2017
This evening I decided to catch the bus into Chorley and walk home along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. The photo on the right is the Moss Lane Bridge and below the lights of the Premier Inn by the Malthouse Farm Inn.  

Fri 10  Mar 2017
I was walking over Talkin Fell, Cumbria and the weather was dull and overcast. The left photo was treated to some digital manipulation on the right.
Thu 09  Mar 2017
Walking home from Wheelton the Leeds and Liverpool Canal towpath is very wet and mudy
Tue 07  Mar 2017

The Shell Filling Station at Clayton Green is having a roof lift

Late morning cyclked to White Coppice to have butties for lunch sat on the memorial bench to my primary SchoolMistress Miss Elsie Whitehead. As a young girl she used to live in Rose Cottage which is the white cottage in the background.
She died in a nursing home on Sat 12 April 2003

Mon 06  Mar 2017
This evening was an excellent presentation at Chorley Photographic Society by Chris Upton the Landscape and Travel Photographer.
He uses the Fujifilm X-Series cameras to show how a smaller and lighter camera can give high quality and produce extremely large images. The first part of the presentation was a series of b&w images taken over a 9 month period to document:
Thoresby Colliery was the last pit in Nottinghamshire and closed in July 2015 marking the end over 900 hundred years of mining in the county.

Chris Upton

Frank is rebuilding the extension on the side of his house. The oak timbers are being hand crafted by a specialist joiner.

New extension

Oak timbers
Sat 04  Mar 2017
Out for a bike ride around the area to take 'now' photos of old images,

Hoghton Methodist Chapel Sunday School, Chapel Lane (date unknown)

The Sunday School is now a private house

A675 opposite Dover Lane
(date unknown)

The same location this afternoon

The Leyland underground Water Res before demolition (Oct 2013)

The Reservoir site is now a housing estate.
Back Ln. Clayton-le-Woods
Fri 03  Mar 2017
A rainy Friday evening walk around Whittle-le-Woods

Copthurst Bottoms

Waterhouse Green
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