|The Christmas Nine Lessons and Carols service in All Saints, Leek|
Sunday, 18 December 2011
Posted by Blogeomah at 21:48
Friday, 9 December 2011
|Black 5 "George Stephenson" at Cheddleton|
This superb locomotive, an LMS Stanier Black 5, is based on the Churnet Valley Railway for the winter season. It is being put to good use during December hauling the "Santa's Express" specials. The loco was built for the LMS in 1947 and withdrawn from main line service in 1967. Since then it has been restored and has visited several preserved railways, most recently the North York Moors Railway. The loco was never named during it time in mainline service. The name was given in 1975 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of George Stephenson's Stockton and Darlington Railway.
Posted by Blogeomah at 15:28
Monday, 5 December 2011
|The first snow of winter|
A light covering of snow lies on Morridge in the Peak District National Park while the lower slopes remain clear with the last of the autumn leaves on the trees. This photo taken today from my study window.
Posted by Blogeomah at 12:27
Sunday, 27 November 2011
At last, a chance to get out for a walk! Windy, cold and bright today so I went for a 10Km walk in East Cheshire. I started from North Rode and walked to Gawsworth and then back via the Macclesfield Canal. This pastoral autumn view of the church tower of the 15th century Gawsworth parish church (St. James) was the scenic highlight of the walk.
Posted by Blogeomah at 15:24
Wednesday, 9 November 2011
|Rudyard Lake Steam Railway line through woodland|
The track for the 10.25" gauge Rudyard Lake Steam Railway runs alongside the old trackbed of the North Staffordshire Railway branch line from Uttoxeter to North Rode near Macclesfield. This line was closed by Beeching in the 1960s but a few miles has been reopened the other side of Leek as the Churnet Valley Railway. I like the sun dappled track way in this photo.
Posted by Blogeomah at 17:55
Tuesday, 8 November 2011
Another photo taken last Sunday morning. Autumn colours still lingering on the trees though the leaves are falling fast now. The writer Rudyard Kipling was named after this village by his parents - perhaps he was conceived here! I might have told you this before. The weather is not like that today: dull and drizzly in Leek.
Posted by Blogeomah at 09:09
Sunday, 6 November 2011
|"King Arthur" waits for the signal on a cold November morning|
King Arthur is one of four miniature locomotives on the Rudyard Lake Steam Railway. I was surprised to find that they continue to run on Sundays throughout the year, the only exception being December when they run a few "Santa Specials". All the engines have Arthurian names; King Arthur, Excalibur, Pendragon and Merlin.
Posted by Blogeomah at 11:37
Saturday, 5 November 2011
|Mary Watts-Russell Memorial Cross, Ilam|
Constructed in the style of the 13th century "Eleanor Crosses", this Victorian monument was built in 1841 as a memorial to the late wife, Mary, of Jesse Watts-Russell of nearby Ilam Hall. Until very recently, the cross was shrouded in scaffolding while restoration work was carried out. The top section of the cross was blown down in a freak storm in the 1960s. It was replaced with a rather crudely carved, plain cemetery style pillar and cross quite quickly, but this was totally out of character with the elegant carving of the rest of the cross. A charitable trust was formed in 2003 which raised sufficient funds to have the top of the cross restored to its original beauty. The work was carried out in the last two years. In one of the six lower niches of the cross is an inscription which reads:
This Crofs and Fountain
erected by her husband
perpetuate the memory of
one who lives in the hearts
of many in this village and
Mary Watts Russell
M D C C C X L
Free as for all these crystal waters flow
Her gentle eyes would weep for others woe
Dried is that fount but long may this endure
To be a well of comfort to the poor
The "crystal waters" refer to a trough round the base of the cross fed from a clear spring on nearby Bunster Hill.
Posted by Blogeomah at 14:12
Wednesday, 19 October 2011
(Canon EOS 60D, Tamron 10-24mm @ 14mm, 1/100s @ f10)
Washgate Bridge is a little known and visited 18th century packhorse bridge over the River Dove near Hollinsclough. The steep, winding, cobbled lane which leads to and from the bridge has, in the past, been severely damaged by 4x4s. Now, the Peak Park authority has prevented most vehicles from using the route by placing large stones at each end of the route and at the ford over the river - hence the rather intrusive sign. This photo was taken in a brief sunny interval on a rainy and windy morning walk!
Posted by Blogeomah at 00:01
Tuesday, 4 October 2011
|Thorpe Cloud from Bunster Hill|
This photo was taken on my walk this afternoon. Thorpe Cloud and Bunster Hill stand like giant gateposts to the entrance to Dove Dale. Bunster Hill is a huge, rolling, sheep-grazed upland while Thorpe Cloud stands isolated like a great pyramid. Despite being only a little over 300 meters tall Thorpe Cloud has every appearance of being a real mountain.
Posted by Blogeomah at 17:37
Friday, 30 September 2011
|Male Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea) in flight|
The "Indian Summer" that we are experiencing at the moment is great. We went for a walk at Consall Nature Park today and saw this male Southern Hawker. The in-flight photo is not quite in focus but is the best of over 50 shots!
We also saw Migrant and Brown Hawkers.
Posted by Blogeomah at 20:29
Tuesday, 30 August 2011
Thursday, 18 August 2011
|The Condlyffe Almshouses (Northern Range)|
These fine Victorian almshouses were built in 1882 on land donated by Elizabeth Condlyffe. Although there is some doubt about the identity of the architect, the homes were reputedly designed by Norman Shaw, a noted follower of the "Arts and Crafts" movement in his "Old English" style and the architect of the nearby All Saints' church. There are two ranges of homes, separated by an elegant stone archway. The photo shows the northern range. The gables carry a religious motto: "The days of my labour O [Lord] thou hast Blest [Blest] be the hand of Thy love [...] the days of my rest". The gables of the other, southern range bear the motto: "The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth for evermore".
Posted by Blogeomah at 18:32
Monday, 15 August 2011
Note: All photos will enlarge if clicked
Tucked away down quiet country lanes near Alton, Staffordshire is the impressive ruin of Croxden Abbey. Croxden was built for Cistercian monks by Bertram de Verdun of Alton Castle. It was started in 1179 and took 30 years to build.
|The Abbot's House|
|The Chapter House and the Sacristy|
|The remains of the cloister|
|Remains of the crossing tower (HDR)|
|Sacristy and Book Room|
|Passage way to the Cloister|
|Looking along the body of the church from the Apse to the West Front in the distance|
|The West front|
|Looking towards the West front from the interior of the church|
|Afternoon shadows cast by the West front (HDR)|
|Dramatic HDR photo of the West front and the afternoon sun|
Posted by Blogeomah at 22:29
Sunday, 7 August 2011
|Prairie Tank 5199 passing through Cheddleton Station|
I spent today doing a 10 hour shift as a volunteer crossing keeper on the Churnet Valley Railway. This photo shows Prairie tank 5199 passing through Cheddleton on the way to Leekbrook Junction. The Cheddleton Station building was built in the 19th century and its design is attributed to Pugin.
Posted by Blogeomah at 19:24
Sunday, 31 July 2011
|Ridgegate Reservoir with Tegg's Nose beyond|
Macclesfield Forest is the remnant of the Royal Forest of Macclesfield, a medieval hunting forest. The forest is now mainly a conifer plantation but there are several walking and cycling recreational trails. There are two reservoirs within the forest, Ridgegate and Trentabank. These supply drinking water to the town of Macclesfield.
|Red-trunked Pines in the conifer plantation|
Posted by Blogeomah at 14:50
Thursday, 28 July 2011
St. Mark the Evangelist church in the village of Foxt was built in 1837 as a private chapel later given to the diocese of Lichfield. It is reported that the church cost £800 to build, and still it stands with its sturdy tower.
Posted by Blogeomah at 23:26
Tuesday, 26 July 2011
|St Giles, Cheadle|
The Roman Catholic church of St Giles in Cheadle, Staffordshire is known as Pugin's Gem. The great Victorian architect, A. W. N. Pugin was best known for his Gothic style buildings. He was commissioned and financed by John Talbot, 16th Earl of Shrewsbury. Pugin had carried out extensive work at Talbot's home, Alton Towers (yes, that one). Pugin was determined that St Giles would be a perfect Gothic Catholic church and, thanks to Talbot's patronage, he seems to have succeeded. The interior of the church is jaw-droppingly opulent. Every surface is painted in bright colours. Much gilding has been used and the best wood and stone carvers were employed to model the fittings.
The pulpit was carved by Thomas Roddis from a single block of stone from the Alton Towers estate.
There are many superb stained glass windows by William Wailes of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Note the intricately painted walls surrounding the window.
The high altar and reredos were also carved by Thomas Roddis. Above is a "Jesse" window depicting the life of Christ, an unusual theme in a Victorian church, and to the right is the Sedilia where the Priest, Deacon and Sub-deacon would sit. The encaustic floor tiles were made by the Potteries firm of Minton.
It is amazing that a small market town in North Staffordshire should have such a magnificent church. Visit it if you can!
Posted by Blogeomah at 17:56
Wednesday, 20 July 2011
|Little Moreton Hall|
Little Moreton Hall, near Congleton, is the most magnificent half-timbered Elizabethan manor house in England. The hall was built in the 15th century and extended during the 16th by the Moreton family who had bought 1,000 acres of the farmland of Cheshire several decades earlier. One of the later additions to the structure was the long gallery at the top of the building. This was probably ill-advised as the weight of the materials used in this extension caused the building to distort, hence the crooked appearance of this gallery. The moat surrounding the building was never meant as a defensive structure but was dug out to drain the marshy plot of land upon which the house was to be built.
|The Knot Garden and the rear of the house|
Posted by Blogeomah at 18:22
Thursday, 14 July 2011
|Grindon Well Dressing|
Well Dressings are an annual feature of village life in the Peak District. In the past, the wells were dressed to give thanks for the water and the theme of the well dressing was usually religious. More latterly, secular themes have been used; in this case celebrating the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Peak District National Park. Grindon Well Dressing took place last weekend. Unfortunately, the poor weather has not been kind to this example as the rain has washed away some of the materials.
|Detail of the image|
While in Grindon, the sign below gave me a laugh!
Posted by Blogeomah at 16:22
Wednesday, 13 July 2011
|Throwley Old Hall|
Today's walk took me from the car park at Weag's Bridge in the Manifold Valley for 9 kms via the Hamps Valley, Soles Wood, Throwley Moor and back via the Manifold Trail. on the way I passed Throwley Old Hall, an imposing Tudor/Elizabethan ruin situated above the Manifold valley. It was built for the Meverell family, the owners of the Throwley estate, in the early 16th century, probably on the site of an earlier manor house. The building was still complete in 1845 but since that time stones have been taken to build nearby farm buildings and the roof had been removed by 1921. The drawing below (from the nearby information board) shows what the hall may have looked like when in its glory.
Posted by Blogeomah at 17:30
Tuesday, 5 July 2011
|Chee Tor Tunnels on the Monsal Trail|
(Canon EOS 60D, Tamron 10-24mm @24mm, 3 exposures HDR tonemapped in Photomatix)
|Inside Chee Tor Tunnel No 1|
(Canon EOS 60D, Tamron 10-24mm @ 24mm, 1/13s @ f4.5, ISO 6400)
Posted by Blogeomah at 23:58
Monday, 4 July 2011
(Canon EOS 60D, Tamron 10-24mm @ 13mm, 1/200s @ f/7.1)
Posted by Blogeomah at 17:59
Friday, 1 July 2011
|Brough Park, The Bandstand|
(Panasonic Lumix TZ10)
Posted by Blogeomah at 18:11
Wednesday, 29 June 2011
|Frank i' th' Rocks|
(Canon EOS 60D, Tamron 10-24mm @15mm, 1/250s @ f/7.1)
Posted by Blogeomah at 21:04
Tuesday, 28 June 2011
|"China" in the Biddulph Grange Garden|
(Canon EOS 60D, Tamron 10-24mm @ 11mm, 1/500s @ f/7.1)
Posted by Blogeomah at 14:49