#613 – Manchester – A Strange Survivor From The Past

Much of Manchester’s industrial past is exactly that – in the past. For better or worse, there is less and less evidence that it was a major industrial city and the skyline is now one of shimmering glass towers. I did think that the only remaining chimney was at Bloom Street power station, itself now…

#612 – Redcar Blast Furnace – Last Chance To See: Part 3

We get nostalgic – protective even – of landmarks. For me as an observer, this is an interesting piece of engineering and industry, but for many locals, it represented something, as did its removal from the landscape. I’ve been a member of a Teeside steelworks Facebook group for a few years and it’s open to…

#611 – Redcar Blast Furnace – Last Chance To See: Part 2

A man with an enormous Leica and a chap who had retired as technical manager at the nearby Skinningrove steelworks were also photographing and we struck up a conversation as photographers often do. Both were local and far more informed than I, an outsider to the area and industry. We were joined by a photographer…

#610 – Redcar Blast Furnace – Last Chance To See: Part 1

I’ve been intrigued by the blast furnace at Redcar for many years, and have made 5 trips to photograph it since 2009. Most of the British steel industry had gone by the time I started photographing industry in the mid-2000’s, and I didn’t grow up in an area that had any steelmaking (well, there was…

#608 – Lancashire Rural Industry 2 – Hill Top Colliery

I’ve written before about Lancashire’s coalfield so my few regular readers will have to excuse the brief recap. While not as big or as long lasting as Yorkshire’s or Nottinghamshire’s, it was certainly one of the main mining areas earlier in the 20th century and extraction was concentrated around south Lancashire in a belt that…

#607 – Lancashire Rural Industry 1 – Cheesden Lumb Mill

This mill had been on my list of places to look at for many years, but it’s one of those places that is not going to be demolished (although it could just fall down of it’s own volition, I suppose) so has never been a priority to visit. This is another one of those long…

#606 – An updated typology

My last update to the typology was a 3×3 grid as can be seen in this post back in April, or if you can’t be bothered reading that, see below for just the picture. I’ve decided to go with a three row format which means that the total number of images must be divisible by…

#605 – Woodhorn Colliery

One of my current long term projects is photographing the remaining mining headgear / headstocks in the UK, and displaying these in a ‘typlogy’ format à la Bernd and Hilla Becher. I’d only managed to visit two sites this year – the unusual clad structure at Meadowbank Mine in Winsford, and the two at Snibston…

#604 – Crewe Works – Lili Rethi revisited

Back in 2014, I wrote a blog post about the marvellous railway poster created by Lili Rethi for the LMS in 1937. In it, a Coronation class locomotive is being built at Crewe Works in a very masculine style. It’s a poster I’ve admired for many years, and about twenty years ago I bought a…