Spent the week in Hepworth looking after my girlfriends cousins farm (as you do!). It's not a full working farm, but there are chickens, rabbits, cats and dogs. Actually the girlfriend did all the work as she's the trustworthy one. But I did make great friends with Maggie the young Alsatian. She followed me everywhere. We played football, until the ball died a grizzly death. Good fun.
Saturday, 31 October 2009
Friday, 30 October 2009
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
Sunday, 25 October 2009
Thursday, 22 October 2009
Wellington Court, next to Albion Mill.
Wellington Court was Ashton's Building of the Year 2005. And very nice too with it's matching brickwork.
This is the view up Crickets Lane.
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
Glory of the Garden, by Paul Margetts.
The date on the sculpture tells us that it was finished on 1.3.1994
This fascinating sculpture sits in the ornamental gardens in front of the impressive and very blue Asherton House.
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
Wasteland may be, but this is rumoured to be the site for the Ashton Centre Metro stop. From memory there were some flats here, but they were knocked down a year or two back.
This site is on Wellington Road next to the bus station. Across the road from Gala Bingo.
Monday, 19 October 2009
When the M60 opened in October 2000, I jumped in the car and drove all the way round. 35 miles.
Well I've not had a car for a few years now, and indeed the M60 claimed my car in a fury of rain, burnt rubber and multiple visits to the central barrier. See here.
But I still find the motorway an impressive piece of civil engineering.
This is the view clockwise from Lumb Lane, looking towards junction 23, the turn off for Ashton.
Sunday, 18 October 2009
Friday, 16 October 2009
As it was built in 1891, the driveway would indeed have been the horse and cart entrance to the building. Now closed to all but pedestrian traffic as there is access via a side road.
I'm sure the unsightly entrance shed is a later and ill considered addition to the fine old building.
In case you were wondering about the name, Waterloo and Taunton, they are names of areas local to the building within Ashton-under-Lyne.
Thursday, 15 October 2009
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
Martin did a piece about how the Clock Shop didn't actually have a clock on it any more, as seen here.
Well, they've done it up a bit, and now once more, it has a clock on the Clock Shop. (Still doesn't actually sell clocks though).
Sunday, 11 October 2009
Tameside Theatre closed on 30th March 2008. I went a couple of times. Once to see a Pink Floyd tribute band and once to ... no, I've only been once I think. Not sure now.
Anyway, looks like it's going to be bulldozed.
See here and here.
Saturday, 10 October 2009
Friday, 9 October 2009
Well it's not the best bit of architecture I've ever seen. Not even the best in Ashton, but I think it's good to have a world famous multi-national company in our town centre. So it gets the thumbs up from me.
So here it is, overlooking Oldham Road, dispassionately staring towards the Theatre Tavern, not that we actually have a theatre any more.