#465 – Shadows of the North Second Edition now on sale!!

I am pleased to announce that having sold out the first run of Shadows of The North, I have produced an expanded second edition, with many new photographs from 2016 including Brierfield Mill, Hope Mill, Ancoats and several others. I’ve also had a shuffle round of the existing images.

The book is now 94 pages (up from 70), and as such I’ve had to increase the cost slightly to £15.

While I was extremely proud of the first book, I think that the second edition is even better, and the book feels more complete and better structured, thanks to the addition of the new photographs and the lessons I’ve learnt in putting books together.

I hope you’ll take a look at the sample and if you like it, please buy a copy!


#473 – Derelict Ship at Glasson Dock 2

In the past, Glasson Dock has been used for ship breaking (and building) occasionally, so it may well be that Merger meets her end where she now lies.

I visited primarily to try out an ND filter, but found that the tide didn’t rise high enough for me to get the pictures I’d envisioned, but at least it’s not too far away for a reshoot the next time a higher tide is forecast.

#472 – Derelict Ship at Glasson Dock 1


I know nothing of this little ship, other than it used to be a dredger based at Glasson Dock. Named ‘Merger’,  internet pictures show it with an excavator positioned near the bow, presumably for clearing the channels of the Lune for the coastal shipping that uses this small Lancashire Port.


It looks like its service has now ended and the ship has been beached just to the west of the port, away from the quay used by the large coasters that are too big to enter the basin.


I don’t know how long she’s been beached, quite a while judging by the condition.


#471 – The View From The North 10 Year Retrospective – Book Now Available


In 2007, I decided to create a website. I can’t remember why, but it must have seemed like a good idea at the time. I’ve never looked back.

To celebrate the first ten years, I’ve pulled together a book of some of my favourite images. Truth be told, I’d have liked to include a lot more as I’ve filled 192 pages, and any more than this starts getting too expensive. However, I’ve included photographs from the most popular places such as Pyestock, London Road Fire Station, Crossness, The Duke of Lancaster and as many mills as I thought prudent to do so.

On sale only through Blurb for £26  – click below to preview and buy.


#470 – Best of 2016 part 3


So a (belated) third part to my 2016 retrospective continues with a quick look at Mutual Mills in Heywood – not an explore, more a drive by as I was in the area. I’ve a few more from the Manchester area that I’ve not yet got round to posting up – I’ll put these up some time this year (they’re also in this gallery on www.theviewfromthenorth.org)

I last visited Chatterley Whitfield in 2007, and not much has changed, except you can’t go in the bath house now, which is a shame.




Gas holders are an increasingly rare sight in Britain now, and this one in Burnley was in the middle of demolition when I had a quick look.


I was pleased to visit English Fine Cottons to have a look round their impressive mill. While the textile industry hasn’t died in manchester, it’s a fraction of the size it once was, so to see a spinning mill re-opening was a real treat.


And finally the year ended with a trip back to Grove Rake, a place that unlike Chatterley Whitfield, had changed quite a lot since my first visit in 2008.

Finally, I published the second edition of Shadows of the North, on sale here if you are interested!


So, quite a productive year, more so than the previous few! What will 2017 bring……?

#468 – Best of 2016 part 1

So, it’s a few years since I did this, but as 2016 has been a productive year photographically, I think it’s time for a retrospective.

I guess it’s down to the fact that over the past few years I’ve been busy with my career and family has meant that taking photographs has not been a priority, but a combination of opportunities, a change of job and my daughter becoming more independent has freed up a little more time to take pictures rather than just write about them and reprocessing old ones!


Rossendale Mills – I spent some time looking at the remaining mills in Rossendale, nothing really stood out photographically, but I do like the fact that in an age of meaningless company names and branding, there is still a business called the Lancashire Sock Manufacturing Company.


Next up was Albert Mill in Haslingden, which I wanted to photograph in the mist, but by the time I got there it had started to lift. I opted for a different look in post processing and made them very high contrast instead of the misty low contrast I had in mind if the weather had held.



And then over to Brierfield for a mooch around Brierfield Mill, just before redevelopment work started. It’s not always easy to photograph a building that is totally stripped, and this was no exception – 400000 square feet of nowt, but I managed to get a few good ‘uns I think.






Finally, a bit further up the road is Colne, another old declining mill town. 


#467 – Return to Grove Rake 2


Something I found on the photographs from last time was that they suffered from the lack of dynamic range of the sensor in my Nikon D70. I did bracket many of the images but not all, and consequently, some of the images were technically lacking, but I like to think I captured the spirit of the place. Since moving to a full frame camera in 2009 I’ve had fewer problems with dynamic range, and now that I’m using a Nikon D810, the problems are even less, especially at lower ISO’s, and I slightly regret not revisiting earlier when the site was more intact.



Taken from a broadly similar viewpoint as last time, you can see how much has changed on this picture.


Scrap. Surprised the traveling community haven’t relocated this.


A small moat is forming round the head frame.



Taken from a broadly similar viewpoint as this from last time, albeit much later in the day, on the way home.

There’s some nice old photos of the mine on aditnow.co.uk here.

#469 – Best of 2016 Part 2

20160307_070141-EditThe early year tour of mills in monochrome, came to a shuddering halt when I was approached by a PR company to do an urbex style shoot using the new Samsung Galaxy S7.

London Road Fire Station in Manchester was the first location, a magnificent late Victorian building that was last used in the 90’s, but had closed as a fire station some time before that. It’s been empty and decaying ever since, but has recently been bought for renovation.





What was intended to be a one day shoot encompassing two sites in Manchester and London became a two day shoot of 5 sites. Having spent the morning at London Road, we hurtled down to London on the train to the next location but unfortunately redevelopment work was underway and the place was a building site, so there were no usable photographs from here.


I returned to London at the end of the week to photograph 3 more places – St.Clements Asylum, Caroline Gardens Chapel, and Crossness Pumping Station.



A most rewarding exercise both photographically (seeing some places I’d never have seen otherwise, at someone else’s expense) and financially (it funded a new camera!). It was also likely a once in a lifetime opportunity – how many more offers am I likely to get, to get paid to shoot my favourite subjects…..?!?!