#491 – Teesside Industrial Tourism 2 – Redcar

I’d been to Redcar a few years ago when the steelworks was active. My initial visit was a few weeks before the site shut in 2010, and again in 2013 after it had been bought and reopened by a Thai conglomerate. This reopening didn’t last long and the site was shut for good in 2015,…

#490 – Teesside Industrial Tourism 1 – Skinningrove

The Cleveland area in the northeast of England was once home to many iron and steelworks. The area was rich in iron ore and its many mines fed the furnaces of the area. Skinningrove had a large ironstone mine and an ironworks was built on the cliffs above the village in 1873/1874 A jetty was…

#489 Forton Lake Wrecks

I was down in Fareham, near Portsmouth, visiting a factory as part of my day job and had a few hours to kill. A hazy memory of some sort of abandoned wrecks came to mind and a few minutes internet searching led me to Gosport, about 20 minutes away from my hotel. Although I had…

#488 – Manchester Mayfield Station 3

And so to the last few from Mayfield. Running the full length of the station and its platforms is a vast undercroft. Many old Victorian stations have these vast underground areas, some of which are accessible and in use some aren’t. For example, the area under Manchester Central – the former Manchester Central station –…

#487 – Manchester Mayfield Station 2

After closure, the site remained in Railway ownership and has been used as a location for numerous TV series. In 2005 it was hit by a fire, and in 2013 the majority of the huge roof structure was removed due to it being unsafe. A small section of framework was kept in place, probably to…

#486 – Manchester Mayfield Station 1

Manchester Mayfield Railway Station (NOT ‘train station’ please, we’re not in America), is the largest derelict space in Manchester, a remarkable feat given that it’s been abandoned for over 30 years. It’s even more remarkable when you consider the extraordinary amount of development that has happened in Manchester since the infamous bomb in 1996. Mind…

#485 – Rockets, Missiles and a corner of Cumbria

It was something of a surprise to me to learn that in the 1960’s, Britain had an advanced rocket program that was looking to launch rockets into space. Though my interest in aviation, I knew of the Blue Streak ballistic missile program which was cancelled but didn’t make the obvious leap to think of it’s…

#484 – Beehive Mills, Bolton

OK it’s a visual cliche, but it’s a scene that will soon vanish. Beehive Mills, a grade 2 listed twin mill in Bolton will soon be demolished for more housing, so I thought it prudent to go and have a look while I still could. The first mill was built in 1895 with the second…

#483 – Millscapes Exhibition Preparation 4

One thing I’ve only really touched on in my previous posts is image selection. I mentioned in my first post that I had a much smaller body of work to choose from than previous exhibitions due to the exhibition covering just two mills. And although Bailey Mill remains one of my favourite explores from a…

#482 – Millscapes Exhibition Preparation 3

OK, so it’s been a while since I posted on this, but I’ve been very busy with other stuff, so let’s pick it up again. Layout I’d previously visited the museum and measured the gallery space. What I always do when laying out any portfolio, book or exhibition, is to get a load of small…