Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Key West Building on Trafford Wharf

This stunning Building is an office for Peel Holdings the Company who run the Trafford Centre. The view is taken walking across the Lowery Bridge

A World War Two Tank in Desert Paint

This is parked outside the War Museum. Just hope he didn't have to pay £4 pounds like I had to pay. Ha Ha.

The Imperial War Museum

This is the entrance to the Imperial War Museum on Trafford Wharf, Not sure I like the Architecture. What do you think?

Monday, 29 September 2008

Mode Wheel

When large boats came up the canal there was no where to turn to go back down. Until
they went through Mode Wheel Locks. They then could turn round and head back down the canal bow first.
The view is shown looking down the canal towards Proctor & Gamble the soap and washing powder giant.

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A stroll down Trafford Wharf

This is the Lowery Bridge. This Modern Bridge goes up and down like a lift. So eliminating the old swing bridge system. Under the bridge was the way to the old Salford Docks which are now defunct.

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Friday, 26 September 2008

The Ecology Park

Another view of the lake where surprising wild life has returned such as water fowl, foxes and woodland creatures abound.
Part of the wood and walks in the park.

A Board showing the creatures and wild flowers found in the park.
Double click on the Board to see more

This is Trafford Park Lake now a Ecology Park.

When the De Traffords sold their Ancestral Park to a Consortium of Industrialists for £360 000. The lake was eleven acres big. As it got contaminated with industrial waste it shrunk. It use to be be a boating and fishing place for the general public.

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

The Main Gate at Walkden Park

These Magnificent Gate's are a master of Good Design. Double Click on them to bring them closer

Japanese Garden in Walkden Park

This Japanese Garden was opened By The Japanese Ambassador in 2006. He planted a tree to commemorate it

Walkden Park Brooklands.

This is a Dovecote which had to be moved to accomodate the motorway. It is now in Walkden Park Brooklands. These were common in stately homes in the past. They provided fresh birds for the table

Our old friend the Bridgewater Canal runs by the Cemetery

The Long Boats are used for pleasure these days. So moorings are provided. This is the view from a road bridge looking up towards Sale. Very Peaceful

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

The Chapel at the Sale and Ashton upon Mersey Grave Yard

This Chapel was built in local stone in 9 months. The nearer you were buried to the Chapel the more it cost. If you lived out side the Sale boundaries it cost almost double. Paupers were buried in mass graves in certain areas. No coffins sometimes no clothes The bodies were kept in a Morge till there was a good few.

This is Strange Rememberance Grave. 1930

Sgt Wright of the Royal Engineers probably went right through the 1st World War.
He was killed in Montana in USA by Bandits who shot him in head when they robbing a train. He is buried in a military cemetery in Montana. His relatives remembered him with this headstone

Monday, 22 September 2008

The Grave of Alfred Knowels rented a room with Carl Marx also Engels

Alfred Knowels or Fatty Knowel's as he was known rented a room, with Carl Marx and his friend Engels in Manchester. He provided Marx with information about cotton workers wages. Carl Marx went on to write the Communist Manifesto. Daz Kapital.

James Prescott Joules.

James Joules was born in Salford and went on to be a famous Physicist. He had unit of energy named after him. It is still used today

Sunday, 21 September 2008

Richard Marsden Pankhurst in Brooklands Cemetery

This is the Grave of Doctor Pankhurst the husband of Emmeline Pankhurst
She was a Suffragette trying to get Votes for women, which she eventually did.
She is buried in High Gate cemetery London. Her daughters also were suffragettes
Christabel and Silvia.

The First Municipal Grave Yard for Manchester Area.

In 1830 a law was passed that municipal graveyards had to be provided

and had to be opened to all denominations. So this was one of the first.

We have photograph of the Registrar Cottage at the gates of the cemetery

All bodies had to be processed through him.

Thursday, 18 September 2008

The Chill Factor

When this appeared about two years ago between
the Trafford Centre and the Canal we didn't know what
to except. It's so big it affected the TV pictures in the area
It's a fun place to be.

Some other things to do in the Chill Factor

A surprising hit is the climbing wall for children they
love climbing. Safety Harness is provided and Supervised

This a full view of the Cresta Run it's a very fast slope

Training for Snow Boarding and Skis

Over all general view of the complex
This is the Nursery Slopes for beginners

Chill Factor 2

In the Chill Factor you can sledge down the Cresta Run
You can see one person on his way down
This is the play area for small children sliding about
on inner tubes pulled by mums and dads

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

The Chill Factor

A Ski lift up to the top of the slope all you have
to do is pop the small seat between your legs
and you get pulled up.
The Chill Factor was built about 2 years ago near the
Trafford Centre.A great place for all the family.
Its nearly minus 2 with real snow.

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

One of the Factories who used King Coal

On the way back towards Manchester a Factory by the Bridgewater Canal with a large chimney built to burn coal from the mines

Monday, 15 September 2008

Worsley Village Green and Monument.

This Monument was erected by the 3rd Earl of Ellesmere in memory of
the Duke of Bridgewater in 1905.
This Worsley Village Green a beatifull place to live.

Saturday, 13 September 2008

The Coal Mine Entrance and Exit.

This is the Entrance to the Mine Complex. It is said that there were over 46 miles of tunnels and canals. The barges were special low bodied to go underground. The mines started in 1761. The manual labour involved for both mine and canal is mind boggling. The coal was the start of the Industrial Revolution in the North

Worsley Court House

The Court House was built in 1849 for the 1st Earl of Ellesmere by the Duke of Bridgewater as a Court Leet. Ended up as a Magistrate Court. The clock was set to strike 13 at one oclock (lunch time) to keep the workers working.

Friday, 12 September 2008

The Worsley Boat House

This is the Worsley Boat House it was specially built for the visit of Queen Victoria in 1851. She got off the Royal Train at Patricroft Station got on a barge stopped off at the boat house. Had cup of tea and a pee and was off back to the train with in the hour.

Thursday, 11 September 2008

A Wrought Iron Bridge for Pedestrians over the Canal

As we approach the Boat House the canal water is getting deeper in colour due to the iron oxide in the water. We are only 1/2 mile from the mine entrance at Worsley.

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Journey up the Bridgewater Canal.

We Continue up the Bridgewater canal towards the coal mine entrance on the way I came across this Lighthouse and Pleasure Barges. A house with a Difference I thought. Notice the Colour of the Water. Like Tea. This is because of the Iron Oxide's that have leached from the mines.