Friday, 28 August 2009

Ashton-under-Lyne, chippy

Random photo.

Leaning on the wall outside a chippy, but which chippy?

Thursday, 27 August 2009

Ashton-under-Lyne, Ashton Canal

Local artwork.

This on the M60 bridge as it crosses the Ashton Canal.

Tameside District Assemblies have a zero tolerance policy on graffiti. With the Probation Service they are removing it. Announced under: Zero tolerance to Graffiti.

They missed a bit.

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Ashton-under-Lyne, Ashton Canal

Another happy fisherman down on Ashton Canal.

A Heron, probably.

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Ashton-under-Lyne, Ashton Canal

Everybody happy fishing on the Ashton Canal.

Almost everybody.

Monday, 24 August 2009

Ashton-under-Lyne, Dukinfield Junction

Took a bike trip down the canal, here is the Portland Basin, the junction of three canals. Ashton Canal, Huddersfield Narrow Canal and the Peak Forest Canal. Martin could point out that actually the Huddersfield Canal starts a little bit further on, but I have poetic licence here :-)

I moved to Ashton late 2005, and I've still never been to the Portland Basin Museum. I intend to put that right soon. Probably.

More history here.

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Ashton-under-Lyne, Cavendish Mill

At the side of the Ashton Canal is Cavendish Mill built in 1885. It's no longer a cotton mill, but now has been converted into a multi-resource centre containing apartments, small businesses and training suits.

Friday, 21 August 2009


The Bear Café, in the old Todmorden Industrial & Co-operative Society Limited.
I'm guessing slightly at the full title there, as the sign must have been smashed at some time and the last part of it has been tastefully replaced with blue painted hardboard.

Thursday, 20 August 2009


Looking down Ridge Road.
Pub on the right is The White Hart. Should be open at this time, strangely, it isn’t.

Wednesday, 19 August 2009


Some fishy characters attached to this retaining wall at the side of the Rochdale Canal.

Tuesday, 18 August 2009


Rochdale Canal runs through the centre of Todmorden. This is the view looking from the canal bridge on Rochdale Road.

Monday, 17 August 2009


I cycled to Littleborough, but for the final part of the journey took the train up to Todmorden.
St. Marys Church set in the town centre.

More history here.

Friday, 14 August 2009

Oldham, Springhead

The Front House on Oldham Road, Springhead.

I'd like to show you the inside of this much nicer pub, but from the small picture, you can tell the photographic standards drop somewhat after a while.

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Ashton-under-Lyne, Time Zone

The Time Zone. You can always see a collection of people smoking outside this pub. It seams to be open at all hours, I guess hence the name of the pub.

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Ashton-under-Lyne, Cavendish Mill

Ashton Canal by Lower Wharf Street and Donkey Stone Wharf.
It seams to be a popular mooring place for the narrow boats that ply the canal.

Monday, 10 August 2009

Ashton-under-Lyne, Donkey Stone Wharf

Entrance to Donkey Stone Wharf.

The Blue plaque tells us the there used to be a mill here called Eli Whalley. They made Donkey Stones (soap sized stones use for scrubbing up doorsteps on old terraced houses).

It's just off Lower Wharf Street, here.

Sunday, 9 August 2009

Ashton-under-Lyne, Donkey Stone Wharf

I wonder how many people in Ashton know about these birds flying down by the canal on Donkey Stone Wharf.

Saturday, 8 August 2009

Ashton-under-Lyne, The Point

The Point @ St. Michael's.

On instructions of the joint administrators - For Sale - part complete apartment scheme.

What a shame. As I live in an apartment round the corner from The Point, I've been watching it develop from an abandoned building, don't know what it used to be, into new apartments. Well, it looks like it never quite made it. The recession no doubt. From the outside it looks almost finished, but I guess the inside is a different story.

Friday, 7 August 2009

Ashton-under-Lyne, Discovery Day

The army takeover Ashton Market.

Part of the 'Discovery Day' on Wednesday.

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Old Trafford

I don't get to Old Trafford as often as I would like. But it's always an amazing experience when I do.
The ground holds over 73 thousand. This was only a friendly pre-season match, so the crowd was well down. Only 71 thousand!

Old Trafford

Mexican wave.

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Ashton-under-Lyne - Memorial Gardens

Memorial Gardens.
Most of the railings around the park were removed to help the war effort. But some are left.

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Ashton-under-Lyne, Wellington Road

Ordinary street scene on Wellington Road.

Well until you spot that the car in the centre is driving the wrong way down the street, much to the surprise of onlookers, and the nearing red car.

Monday, 3 August 2009

Manchester - SkyRide

More from yesterdays SkyRide.

The guy on the very large bike, did actually cycle around the SkyRide route several times. Always followed by a swarm of kids.
The guy on the unicycle was doing his stuff around Albert Square.
Very impressive.

Sunday, 2 August 2009

Manchester - SkyRide

All types of people and bikes (and me) went on the Manchester SkyRide today.
They closed some streets through Manchester Centre and we were give the freedom of the roads.
Good fun!

Saturday, 1 August 2009

Manchester, Shude Hill

Looking up Shude Hill to a jumble of buildings.