Some pictures from recent visits:
Leigh Spinners Mill
This mill, located in the town of Leigh, dates back to 1913 and is still working manufacturing flooring products. The mill engine dating from 1925 was abandoned for many years but is now in the process of being restored. The two cylinders are named Mayor and Mayoress, for some reason.
Astley Green Colliery
A short stroll along the Bridgewater Canal from Leigh Spinners and in the village of Astley Green there’s the now-unusual sight of colliery headgear.The colliery opened in 1912 and the last coal was wound in 1970. Some of the buildings remain, including the winding house:
And inside, another great steam engine is being restored. This one was installed in 1912.
I was intending to start this section of the page with the phrase “Moving on to modern technology…” but, thinking about it, the big dish at Jodrell Bank was commissioned in 1957, so only 32 years after the engine at Leigh; and both of the steam engines above were still working hard when the Lovell Telescope was built.
Anyway, I haven’t been to Jodrell Bank since 1983 so it was time to go back and see the imposing telescope again.
Also on site is the “Mark II”:
And a smaller unit, the “42ft”: I ended my visit with a stroll in the extensive gardens.
I was lucky enough to be in London last year to see the amazing display of 888,246 ceramic poppies filling the moat of the Tower of London. Most of them were sold for charity, but the display raised such public interest that a small quantity were retained and sent on a national tour. One year on it’s Liverpool’s turn, and the poppies were installed at the front of St George’s Hall, just in time for Remembrance Sunday.
I must add a note of congratulation to the organisers of this display: It would have been so easy to keep the crowds a safe distance from the poppies using the usual ugly steel fencing panels. It was a stroke of genius to use sandbags instead.